Actor, writer and director Brigitte Poupart’s latest directorial foray is a show for Cirque du Soleil, Luzia, which premiered in May 2016 in Montreal, and is currently on tour internationally. Since graduating from the Conservatoire d’art dramatique de Montréal in 1990, she has appeared in more than 30 theatrical productions, and has been involved in international tours. She founded the theatre company Transthéâtre, where she wrote, directed and produced 15 works (www.transtheatre.com).
She has also worked in film, including a role in Philippe Falardeau’s Monsieur Lazhar, nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars in 2012. She is nominated for best actress in a supporting role at the Canadian Screen Awards and Quebec Cinema Gala for Robin Aubert’s The Ravenous (Best Canadian Film at TIFF 2017).
In CANNES last May she was invited to screen her 360° fiction film in VR.
Her first feature film, Over My Dead Body, featured on the list of the contenders at the MoMA in New York and was presented at HotDocs in Toronto, Raindance Festival in London, the Antenna Festival in Sydney, and in Hamburg, Munich, Tel Aviv, Singapore, Helsinki and Copenhagen.
She received the Jutra Award (Quebec film awards) for Best Documentary for the film, as well as the Grand Prize for Artistic Creation from the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec (Quebec Council of Arts and Literature).
She also worked with Moment Factory as the artistic director for the inauguration of the illumination of the Jacques Cartier Bridge in Montreal for the city’s 375th anniversary, and for the light and sound show Ode à la vie on the Sagrada Familia cathedral in Barcelona.
Known for her large-scale staging and design of musical performances and concerts (Montreal International Jazz Festival, Quebec City Summer Festival, Francofolies de Montreal), she has worked with, among others, Patrick Watson and The Barr Brothers. Several of her shows have earned nominations for Quebec’s music awards, the Gala de l’ADISQ. She has also directed the Gala de l’ADISQ and the Gala des Jutra, both broadcast on Radio-Canada. She received Gemini nominations for best production for two recent ADISQ awards shows (2013-2014 and 2015).