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John Van Burek

Jury Chair, 2013, 2014

Jury Member, 2008

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John was associate director of The Triumph of Love at Stratford (2004); his translations of Tremblay’s Forever Yours, Marie-Lou, Bonjour, là, Bonjour, and Hosanna have appeared at the Stratford Festival. Founding Artistic Director of Théâtre Français de Toronto (1971) and Pleiades Theatre (1997).

Over the course of his career, he has directed more than 100 productions and through his numerous translations, he began to introduce Québécois theatre to English-Canadian and world audiences. In 2020, along with his late wife, Anne, he translated the hit musical Come From Away into French.

He has taught theatre in English and French at the National Theatre School and universities across the country and in the U.K. For BRAVO! he wrote and produced a documentary series about the
development of new Canadian plays.

John is the recipient of many awards and honours, notably the Chalmers Award for Distinguished Contribution to Canadian Theatre, the Queen’s Jubilee Medal, and The Prix Alliance for his contribution to French-language arts and culture.

He currently sits on the Board of la Fondation Michaëlle Jean Foundation.


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