Doborah Cottreau


Both academically and artistically inclined, Deborah holds a PhD from the University of Toronto having studied at the Graduate Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, as well as a certificate from the internationally acclaimed Ècole Jacques Lecoq in Paris, France. As an undergrad, she frequently worked with the Samuel Beckett manuscripts, typescripts and notebooks at the University of Reading, England. The focus of her graduate thesis centred on Beckett’s highly dense, extremely complicated later stage plays. Later, over the course of four years, she became the editor of Theatre Research in Canada/Recherches théâtrales au Canada, an internationally respected learned journal. Her academic interests include contemporary Canadian and Irish theatre, as well as new play development in both these countries. In 2000 Deborah accepted her first undertaking as a festival dramaturg for La Troupe du Jour, Saskatchewan’s only professional French theatre company. Working with emergent and established playwrights to develop new plays, she continued in this role with the theatre company until 2017, two years after moving to Windsor. In addition, she was a member of their Board and offered master classes in various forms of acting. She also taught classes for up-and-coming artists at the Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company. Her training from the Lecoq school in Paris, France, informs her current theatre practice which focuses on the many forms of physical theatre and comedy. She is a devotee of all forms of mask work, particularly Neutral Mask, Character Mask, Clown and Commedia dell’Arte. Although trained as an actor, she prefers the challenges of directing, because it requires from her an astute understanding of script analysis, design & colour (costume, set, lighting), the dynamics of space and an imaginative application of the actor’s jeu (a Lecoq term which amalgamates openness and availability into the actor’s world of “play”). More often than not, her Didi surfaces, providing a source of entertainment in the classroom

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