Acme Studios — Geneviève Billette

Supporting Artists since 1972

Geneviève Billette

Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ) Residency

Geneviève Billette is a playwright and translator from Quebec City.

Geneiève graduated from the Université de Montréal with a B.A. degree, and attended the National Theatre School of Canada, when she wrote her first work, L’homme qui a vu l’homme (Monument National 1999, dir. René-Daniel Dubois). A revised version of the play, entitled Le gouteur, premiered in 2002 at Espace Go, produced by Théâtre Petit à Petit , and directed by Claude Poissant. Crime contre l’humanité also premiered at Espace Go, produced by Théâtre Petit à Petit in 1999 (dir. Poissant), and . It was later translated into English by Bobby Theodore, and premieredpremiering at the University of Alberta in 2007 (dir. Ian Leung). The play’s preoccupation with mortality and corruption, and its disturbing, visceral images, startled audiences and critics.

Three of Genevièves plays; Contre le temps (2012), Les ours dorment enfin (2010) and Le pays des genoux (2005) have all received awards from the Governor General of Canada. Geneviève has also written three radio plays for Radio-Canada: Gina Ping Pong, De la barbe a la queue, je suis délicieux, and Bascules.In 2000-2001 Geneviève was writer-in-residence at Théâtre Carrousel and at the Festival International des Théâtres Francophones in Limoges, France. Her plays are published in English by Playwrights Canada Press.

Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ)

In 2008-2009, in partnership with Québec's Ministry of Culture and Communications and the Ministry of International Relations and the Francophonie, and on the recommendation of Arts Council England, Conseil des arts et des lettres (CALQ) approached Acme to establish the Québec Studio in London, thereby expanding the network of residencies offered abroad to Québec artists and writers. The residency provides two six month long residencies per year in Bow, E3 for artists who have at least 10 years' experience of professional practice. Applications and selection are undertaken directly by CALQ.

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