Actor, stage director, set designer and artistic director Joseph Saint-Gelais first studied at the Conservatoire de musique in Québec and then in Montréal, as well as the École Supérieur de musique Vincent-d’Indy; he then attended the Conservatoire d’art dramatique in Montréal.
He also danced with Maurice Béjard’s Ballet du XXe Siècle.
He participated in founding the Théâtre National pour enfants les Pissenlits (1968- 1983, with Jean-Yves Gaudreault), Chants Libres (in 1990, with Pauline Vaillancourt and Renald Tremblay) and finally the Festival Molière de Charlevoix (1989-96), which had to discontinue its activities when Casino du Manoir Richelieu opened.
In theatre, he directed such creations as Ne blâmez jamais les Bédouins by René-Daniel Dubois at the Théâtre de la Manufacture in 1982, La Société de Métis by Normand Chaurette at the Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui in 1987, and Une histoire à dormir debout at the Théâtre Français de Toronto, which won the Chalmers award for best children’s production, 1984.
As a set designer, he was behind some 40 designs, in particular that of Ne blâmez jamais les Bédouins (operatic version that toured Canada, France and Venezuela, 1991).
At the Théâtre Français de Toronto, he put on Alfred de Musset’s Il faut qu’une porte soit ouverte ou fermée; Un caprice in 2000 and Les Fourberies de Scapin at the Théâtre Denise-Pelletier in 1998, where critics said: “He expressed, with brilliantly youthful delivery, the violence of feelings and the ferocity of first loves. “
In addition, he also put on many shows with comedians, including Louis-José Houde, Marie-Lise Pilote, Patrick Groulx, Laurent Paquin, Martin Petit, Les Denis Drolets, Sylvain Larocque, Jean-François Mercier, Pierre Hébert, Philippe Bond and Dominic Paquet; some of these productions won several awards at the Gala les Olivier.
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