Creators and collaborators

Biographical Notes

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Artistic Director, Actress, Musician

Co-founder of Le Moulin à Musique, Marie-Hélène da Silva graduated in music and education at Université du Québec. She grew up in a family where theatre and music lay at the heart of education. She is a pioneer in the development of musical theatre productions for young audiences. Peers, critics and audiences recognize her as an innovator in encouraging children to discover music.

As a violinist, an actress and a teacher, she was involved in creating and performing numerous works produced by Le Moulin à Musique such as Violin on a String (Winner, Opus Prize 1997), The Red Reacher and Dawn. With her company she toured extensively throughout Canada, and also in France and Belgium. In 2004 she added to her list of achievements the writing and directing of Bonnes Nouvelles. In 2006, she produced Garde-Robe, in close co-operation with artistic director of Les Boréades de Montreal Francis Colpron and artistic director of Théâtre Magasin Joël da Silva. She provides the artistic direction for Pierres blanches(2010), a music, dance, and theatre performance, and of Gros Paul (2011), a contemporary musical folktale, in collaboration with the Ensemble contemporain de Montréal (ECM+). Finally, she performs as the sole character in Tête de violon!, premiered in 2012, a coproduction with Les Jeunesses musicales du Canada. Since the foundation of Le Moulin à Musique, Marie-Hélène da Silva’s work has focused exclusively on young audiences.


Joël da Silva

Playwright, Director, Composer, Sound Designer

Joël da Silva is a well known artist in the children’s theatre community. As a playwright, a director, an actor and a musician, he has been exploring the playful relationships between words, music and acting for close to 30 years. His essentially poetic style draws readily from the sources of myths and fairy tales, which are rich and universal material that Joël da Silva makes his own with a great deal of freedom. His unique humour always comes hand in hand with the way he looks at cruelty, fear and solitude, recurrent themes in his body of work. Many of his plays were produced by various well established companies: Théâtre de Quartier (Le Pain de la bouche, Bluebeard’s Long Sleepless Night), Théâtre de l’Avant-Pays (À nous deux!, Château sans roi) and Le Moulin à Musique (Garde-robe, Dawn, The Red Teacher, Violin on a string, Fiddlehead! ). In 1990, he founded his own company, Théâtre Magasin (Le Cabaret des mystères, Le petit matériau rouge, Le Temps des muffins).


Francis Colpron

Musical Director, Musician, Composer

For the past few years, he has been recognized as one of the most talented instrumentalists of his generation. His qualities and his capacity to innovate both in the artistic and interpretative fields have been acclaimed by audiences, critics and cultural authorities alike. In 1991, he founded his own ensemble, of which he is the artistic director: Les Boréades de Montréal. He ran a successful series in Montreal, toured North America and Europe and recorded many CDs on the ATMA label.

Besides teaching at Université de Montréal, he is a regular guest of prestigious summer music camps such as Amherst in the United States as well as Cammac and Lanaudière in Quebec. He is first flautist of the Portland Trinity Consort and a regular guest of other ensembles such as the Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Tafelmusik, Opera Atelier, Les Violons du Roy and the Nova Scotia Orchestra. Les Boréades de Montréal and Le Moulin à Musique co-produce Garde-robe in 2006.


Jean-Luc Éthier

Composer, Musician

Co-founder of Le Moulin à Musique in 1980, Jean-Luc Éthier contributed to more than ten creations of the company (including Violin on a String and Dawn) as a composer, a designer, a musical director, a programmer and a stage musician. From 1999 to 2003, he also toured with Joël da Silva in Magasin des mystères produced by Théâtre Magasin. More recently he worked with Marc Drouin and Robert Léger in the musical Muguette Nucléaire as an arranger and a keyboard player.

Composer of instrumental works and songwriter for the past 26 years, he accompanied on piano or keyboard numerous young singers, writers and composers. Since 1983, he has been teaching in various music schools such as the École nationale de la chanson in Granby and works as accompanist for workshop sessions at Festival en chansons in Petite-Vallée. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree at University of Montréal and studied composition and programming with Bruno Fecteau and Jimmy Tanaka.

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Allan Sutton


Allan Sutton completed his bachelor of arts and master’s degree in piano at Université de Montréal, where he majored in interpretation. A music enthusiast and a multifaceted artist, he is recognized today as a major source of information on the piano and professional technique in Montreal. He is a pianist and an actor in three Moulin à Musique creations. He has been performing in Violin on a string since 1995, Dawn since 2001 and more recently in Big Fat Paul (2011). He is a close collaborator of Le Moulin à Musique director Marie-Hélène da Silva.

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Véronique Lacroix

Musical Coach, Artistic Director of l’Ensemble contemporain de Montréal

Véronique Lacroix completed her musical studies in 1988 at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, where she was honored with numerous distinctions. Between 1987 and 1996 she founded Ensemble contemporain de Montréal+ to work closely with composers and was artistic director for several ensembles in Quebec and Ontario. Winner of several conducting prizes at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal as well as from the Ontario and Canada Arts Councils, in 2007 she received the Prix Opus for Artistic Direction of the Year. For 20 years, as the director of ECM+, she has presented audacious multi-disciplinary programs and discovered emerging Canadian composers. Passionate about the creation of new work, she has actively shared her vision by bringing this music to the public. Since 1995, Véronique Lacroix has enjoyed directing the contemporary music apprenticeship of young virtuosos at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal. She is regularly invited to conduct in Canada and abroad. She is also musical coach for The Red Teacherand Big Fat Paul, Moulin à Musique productions.


Alain Dauphinais


Alain Dauphinais was involved in rock and folk music in the 70s, then in guitar, electric base and cello before beginning studies in composition with Michel Longtin from 1983 to 1989. He graduated in composition from Université de Montréal and music teaching at Université du Québec à Montréal in 1994. In 1987, he took part in workshop-courses on sound environment with R. Murray Schafer and began to question the traditional concert form. From that point on, his development steers definitely towards space and the movement of sound that become parameters as important as pitch, length and tone. He is a founding member of Espaces sonores illimités. His music has been heard in Montreal, Toronto and Bulgaria. In 1998, he designed and produced the Airs libres event as part of Symphonies portuaires. In 2000, he was involved in the Symphonie du millénaire event. He also creates the music of The Red Teacher for le Moulin à Musique the same year. Since 2001, he has worked on several theatre productions with director René-Richard Cyr.

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Anne-Marie Olivier


Important figure in Quebec’s up-and-coming theatrical generation, Anne-Marie Olivier is an exuberantly talented young author, storyteller, and actress. Since her graduation from the Conservatoire d’art dramatique de Québec in 1997, she has played in several productions, in addition to continuously writing. Her show Gros et Détail, premiered in 2003, explores with playfulness and poetry the admittedly hard themes af alcoholism, poverty, and domestic violence. This, her first full-length script, has earned her the Paul-Hébert prize and the Masque du public in 2005… a success both critical and popular. She then wrote Le psychomaton and a short piece, Un jeudi soir à l’expo, premiered within the Regards-9 show in Quebec City during the city’s 400th anniversary celebrations. On stage, she appears in Les Trois Sœurs (Three Sisters), directed by Wajdi Mouawad. In 2009, she created her second solo play, Annette. In 2011 she wrote her first youth work, Gros Paul, for Le Moulin à Musique. She is also the artistic director of Le Trident since December 2012.


Michel Gonneville

Michel Gonneville


After studying under Gilles Tremblay, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and Henri Pousseur, Michel Gonneville has composed for many ensembles and soloists, mostly local, but his music is beyond borders. At the confluence of an expanded serialism and postmodernism, his work touches all genres and has on occasion moved closer to dance, theatre, video, and visual arts. His collaborators include visual artists (Mario Côté, René Derouin), and choreographers (Jean-Pierre Perreault, Catherine Tardif); he has co-hosted numerous radio shows, written several articles, and sat on various juries. In 1994, the Émile- Nelligan Foundation awarded him the Serge-Garant prize, in recognition of the quality of his body of work. Involved with several issues relating to musical creation in Quebec, Michel Gonneville was a member of the artistic committee of the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec from 1979 to 2007. Since 1997, he teaches composition and musical analysis at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec in Montréal. For Le Moulin à Musique, he composes the music of Gros Paul (2011).

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Michel-Maxime Legault


Since his graduation from the Conservatoire d’art dramatique de Québec in 2005, he has appeared as an actor in Vie et Mort du roi boiteux, Les Jumeaux Vénitiens, De l’Amour et des Restes Humains, Cabaret au Bazar, L’Intrus, Amour, Délices et Ogre, Piaf, Le Père Noël est une Ordure and more recently in Cock. He is the cofounder of Le Théâtre de la Marée Haute for which he signed the staging of Kvetch, Rhapsodie-Béton, Top Dogs, Kick, Je n’ai pas fini de regarder le monde and Parfois, la nuit, je ris tout seul with  Marcel Pomerlo. He also directed stage productions as Comment je suis devenue touriste and Les Conjoints, Le spectateur condamné à  mort, Gros Paul (A Moulin à Musique production), Warwick, Les Grosses Geishas, Menteur, Le Chemin des Passes-Dangereuses et quelques autres. He has also received a 9th year classical piano diploma from the École de musique Vincent-d’Indy. He teaches operatic and theatrical stagecraft at the École de théâtre in St-Hyacinthe. He works now on Moi et l’autre  from Pascal Brullemans et Talia Hallmona presented at Théâtre Aux Écuries in the fall of 2014.