Writer and translator Olivier Sylvestre has a B.A. in Criminology from l’Université de Montréal, in addition to a diploma in Playwriting from The National Theatre School of Canada. His first play, La beauté du monde (Leméac) was awarded the Gratien-Gélinas Prize and was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Awards. Hamac published a collection of his stories, Noms fictifs (a finalist for the Québec Booksellers Award, Novel Category, and of The Governor General’s Literary Awards, and winner of the First Novel of Chambéry) and Le désert, as well as two of his plays, La loi de la gravité (winner of several prizes, produced in Québec and Europe, translated into English and German) and Guide d’éducation sexuelle pour le nouveau millénaire, which was created at Montréal’s Théâtre Denise-Pelletier in 2020. Dans la forêt disparue, his most recent work for general audiences, was awarded l’Aide à la création d’ARTCENA 2019 and he directed his latest play, Les sentinelles at the Théâtre Université de Montréal in 2020. He also leads many writing workshops and works with several playwrights.
Jury Member, 2020
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