Joëlle Préfontaine

Joëlle Préfontaine’s first play Récolte premiered at L’UniThéâtre (Edmonton) in the fall of 2013. Prior to its premier, it was presented as a staged reading at Les Zones Théâtrales, the Francophone equivalent of The Magnetic North Festival, in Ottawa. In June 2014, Récolte was nominated for an Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award in the category of Outstanding New Play. This marked the first time in the history of the Sterling Awards that a bilingual French based play was nominated for its writing.

Originally from Legal, Alberta, Joëlle is a graduate of the University of Alberta’s  (U of A) Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting Program. She also holds a diploma in Theatre Performance from Red Deer College. As an actor, educator, director, singer, dancer and writer, Joëlle has left her mark on stages from Victoria to Ottawa.

Presently, Joëlle is pursuing her Masters of Fine Arts in Theatre Practice at the U of A with a focus on Immersive Pluri-lingual Theatre for Youth. In partial completion of her thesis, Joëlle’s new play Huh?! will be performed in Edmonton in May 2017.