Jean Marc Dalpé

The tight and chiselled language of Jean Marc Dalpé allows those to speak who otherwise cannot. With simple words and powerful means, he breathes life into complex characters. His dramatic structures are relentless mechanisms born of the very texture of the universes he invents. In his theatre there is no judgment; only compassion.

Born in Ottawa in 1957, Jean-Marc Dalpé is an actor, poet and playwright. He studied theatre at the University of Ottawa, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in 1976. For three years, he took courses offered by the Conservatoire d’art dramatique de Québec. He then worked for Théâtre-Action in villages throughout Ontario, and at the Théâtre de la Vieille 17, which he co-founded in 1979. He performs with the National Arts Centre company in Ottawa, and also reads his poetry on tours across Canada. He worked as resident artist with the Théâtre du Nouvel Ontario in 1981, was resident writer at the University of Ottawa in 1987, and was named Fellow of the Canada Council in 1988. He was also resident writer at the Festival des Francophonies in Limoges in 1990, and for the Nouvelle Compagnie Théâtrale de Montréal in 1993. He has written a musical comedy with Brigitte Haentjens. He received the 1988 Governor General’s Award for his play Le Chien. This, and his subsequent plays, have been produced in French and English across the country. In 1997, he was named to the Ordre des francophones d’Amérique. He studied at the Conservatoire d’Art Dramatique de Québec before he co-founded the Théâtre de la Vielle 17 in Sudbury as well as working closely with the Théâtre du Nouvel Ontario. More recently, he won the Governor General’s Award again (1999) for Il n’y a que l’amour.

His plays include: Hawkesbury Blues (1982), Nickel (1984) , Eddy/In The Ring (1994), Lucky Lady (1995) and Trick or Treat (1999/2001). Stephen Nutting is currently organizing, with François Paré, an international conference on the works of Jean Marc Dalpé scheduled for September 2004.