Maureen Labonté is Co-Director of the Banff Playwrights Colony at the Banff Centre for the Arts. She became co-director in 2007 after working at the Colony as a dramaturge and program coordinator since 2002.
She was recently named Jury Chair for the Siminovitch Prize. She is also a translator, teacher, and has coordinated a number of play development programs in theatres and playwrights’ centres across the country.
She has worked in theatres across Canada including the National Arts Center (Ottawa), the Stratford Festival, Alberta Theatre Projects (Calgary), Playwrights Workshop Montreal, the Centre des auteurs dramatiques (Montreal) and the Great Canadian Theatre Company (Ottawa). From 2001 to 2003, she was Literary Manager at the Shaw Festival, and from 1994-2002, she was a program coordinator (directing and playwriting) at the National Theatre School of Canada. Maureen has translated more than thirty Quebec plays into English. She lives and works in Montreal.