Ellen David has been appointed as the new artistic director of Theatre Lac Brome. The position had been vacant since the departure of Dominic Boulianne last July. “Mrs. David has an impressive reputation. Winner of numerous prizes as an actress, she also has an extensive background in theatre,” declared Jean-Claude Mahé, chair of TLB’s board of directors. Nearly 25 candidates were interviewed before the board selected Mrs. David, who acknowledged that “now I get as much pleasure in acting as in directing actors.”
But why did she choose a regional theatre when she has spent over twenty years in theatre, film and television throughout Canada? “I am absolutely smitten with this area,” she says. “As a youngster I skied here often, and I also worked three times in this theatre as an actress and three times as a producer. I adore the Brome Lake community. There are so many people here who devote themselves to all kinds of cultural and social causes. It’s quite unique.”
Ellen David is as fond of theatre as much as she enjoys shows and music. She wants the theatre to continue to attract many types of culture, while of course showcasing professional theatre as well as amateur productions. It was her passion for culture in its broadest sense that impressed the theatre’s board, as well as the fact that her career has been solidly grounded in both official languages. “It was vital for us that she is well integrated in both the francophone and anglophone cultures,” emphasized Jean Claude Mahé.
For a while our new director will be travelling back and forth between Montreal and Knowlton while she completes an engagement at the Segal Centre. For her there is no ambiguity in this. “While I may seem to be between two places in the first year of my mandate, in my head all is very clear and clean. Afterwards I will devote myself full time to the artistic direction of the theatre here, in Brome Lake.”
Translation: Tam Davis