The artistic team: daring visionaries

There is something bigger than the self, a sacred dimension, in the process of creating a GHW. What is entrusted to us in the notebooks is an expression of part of the human soul, and we make it our duty to engage with these words in respect and kindness. Through the creative process, we treat them with discernment and sensitivity in order to find the right tone. The writers extend to us their trust by giving us their words without knowing how they will be delivered on stage. Every GHW represents a risk, in that it involves embracing a writing project on a chosen subject without knowing the exact nature of the pool of material from which we must draw our ideas.

Co-founder and artistic director
Théâtre des Petites Lanternes

Artistic director and


Playwright, networking and workshop Director

Author, director, daring artistic director, committed woman and humanist, Angèle Séguin is the instigator and creator of the Great Harvest of Words (GHW). Her artistic vision, her stand-out, rigorous dramaturgical work, as well as the research she devotes to the development of new writings extend well beyond our borders. Her collaborations and personal creations in places from Lac-Mégantic to Hong Kong, Brazil, Haiti, and Kinshasa have earned her national and international recognition.

Executive Director and Co-Artistic Director
Théâtre des Petites Lanternes

Workshop facilitator 

Kristelle Holliday developed her artistic research in Landscape Theater and outdoor in situ creations. She has been recognized for her dynamic approach, innovative projects, and her mix of artistic forms.

Guest Co-Artistic Director
Théâtre des Petites Lanternes

Co-playwrite and theatre director

An emerging artist, Amélie Bergeron is set apart by the fair and poised point of view she presents both through her regularly awarded works and as a program director. Since 2005, she has collaborated on various TPL projects, including the first GCM. Her sensitivity, her humanity, her frankness and her rigor make her a sought-after accomplice to build a work that is both strong and sensitive, which we also wish to be provocative.

Paul Lefebvre

Paul Lefebvre has a keen eye for dramaturgy. He has a good command of the GHW process, since he has accompanied Angèle Séguin as dramaturgical advisor during the last two GCM projects. He knew how to grasp its essence in order to continue to develop the form, especially in the work co-writing. What's more, having worked at the Théâtre Français du CNA and created the Biennale Zones Théâtrales, he is also aware of the reality of the development and dissemination of theater in Canada.


Like every new artistic project and every Great Harvest of Words, the Monarques Project is being carried out by the Théâtre des Petites Lanternes, supported by a strong artistic team which, in turn, is accompanied by collaborators and partners who are conscious of and sensitive to the different aspects of the reality that the creation seeks to address.


This time, in addition to the artistic team and the steering committee, a group of researchers from three Quebec universities and two visual documentation artists have joined us.


The Steering Committee: people with experience and heart

The Steering Committee is a visioning and strategic body that supports the artistic direction of the project during all stages of the Great Harvest of Words process. It is made up of people with experience and heart, who are concerned with the different realities and issues that the work deals with and who wish to make a real contribution.


They are convinced that the arts can play a significant role in creating an open dialogue.

Project leadership

Angèle Séguin

Artistic Director — Théâtre des Petites Lanternes

Director, co-author — The Monarques Project

Kristelle Holliday

Executive Director and co-artistic director — Théâtre des Petites Lanternes

Workshop facilitator — The Monarques Project


Robert Groulx, OSF, OCF

Major Général Guy Chapdelaine

Lieutenant-colonel Jean-François Noël

Major Luc Lacombe

Capitaine Valérie Harvey

Myriam Dutour

Lieutenant-colonel Éric Beaudoin

Lieutenant-colonel André Morin

Véronique Wilson

Gérard Boily

Guy Marchessault

Pierre Gosselin

Mario Fortin

André Poulain

President — Eastern Townships Veterans’ Commitee, OSF, OCF

Chaplain General — Canadian Armed Forces

Padre — Office of the Chaplain General of the Canadian Armed Forces

Deputy Commander — Canadian Armed Forces Transition Unit, Province of Quebec

Public Affairs Officer (PAO) — Canadian Armed Forces, Province of Quebec

Coordinator of the Veterans’ families programs — MFRC Montreal Region, Saint-Hubert

Commander — The Sherbrooke Hussars

Commander — Fusiliers de Sherbrooke

Mental Health and Addictions Programs Branch Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue   

Commander Legion — District 5 Appalachians   

President Royal Canadian Legion — Branch 10

President Legion — Quebec Branch

President — Montreal East Legion-NATO

President, Board of Directors — Théâtre des Petites Lanternes (TPL)

Catherine Dupuis

Communications Officer —  Monarques Project (TPL)          


Three researchers, three universities, three avant-garde scientific perspectives

By working alongside the different steps of the Great Harvest of Words project the research team hopes to take a scientific look at the creation process, the communication tools, the impacts, the repercussions on the participants and the relevance of the arts in a process of healing and well-being.


The research team will work in close collaboration with the artistic direction of the project, the artistic team and the members of the Steering Committee to ensure that the research project runs smoothly and with all due respect for the experiences of the participants. The results of this research will be published at the end of the project.

Associate professor — Communications Department, Université de Sherbrooke

Senior Researcher — The Monarques Project

Dr. Carignan wishes to better understand how theater can contribute to health and resilience by studying the different communication strategies put to use within the framework of a Great Harvest of Words.

Professor — Humanities Departement, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi

Co-researcher — The Monarques Project

Dr. Maltais hopes to be able to identify the impacts of the participation of soldiers and veterans in writing the notebooks and their participation in the monitoring of the project with regard to their psychological well-being; document how participants define stressful and positive events in their lives that have marked their identities as members of the military and as human beings; identify the aspects of the creation process that were appreciated by the participants according to their level of involvement in this project, ranging from participation in the Notebooks to participation in all phases of creation up to the performance.

Professor — Theatre Department, Université du Québec à Montréal

Co-researcher — The Monarques Project

Dr. Wendell will analyze the socio-emotional effects of citizen participation as co-authors of a play; will assess the impact of the reception of the theatrical performance on people's perceptions of wellbeing and post-trauma and will collaborate in the educational systematization of a process of civic writing and creation in theater.


Visual documentary artists will work in close collaboration with the artistic direction of the project, the artistic team and the members of the Steering Committee as part of their respective documentary projects related to the Monarques project.

Photographer and Curator — A journey to the heart of a human experience

Artistic and photographic documentation — The Monarques Project

We are always available to answer your questions. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions about the Monarques Project!

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