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World Day of Theatre for Children and Young People is an ASSITEJ campaign, promoted and celebrated through the message ‘Take a child to the theatre, today.

For 2019, PACT in partnership with Assitej, TUEJ, ATFC, and Canada Children’s Festival Association commissioned a message to promote and celebrate World Day of Theatre for Children and Young Audiences from a Canadian perspective. This year’s message has been written by Jasmine Dubé, co-founder and artistic director of Théâtre BouchesDécousues. The message is read in English by Mike Payette, artistic director of Geordie Productions.

Jasmine Dubé is co-founder and artistic director of Théâtre Bouches Décousues (TBD), she is also an actor and director. After she graduated from the National Theatre School, in 1978, she decided to work with children, Her first play, Bouches décousueshas been performed more than 350 times in Québec and Europe. Also the author of novels and picture books (for Editions La courte échelle, La bagnoleand othersand television screenwriter (Passe-Partout, Macaroni tout garni), she has published more than forty books. Some of her texts have been translated into English, Portuguese, Spanish, Greek, Innu-AimunArabic, and Italian. 

Many of Dubé’s plays have received audience awards. Petit monstre received the award for best “young audiences” production from the Association québécoise des critiques de théâtre and was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award, as were L’Arche de Noémie and La bonne femme, which won three Masque awards from the Académie québécoise du théâtre 

Twice a finalist for the Siminovitch Prize, in 1996 Dubé received the Prix Arthur-Buies for her body of workIn 2006, TBD received the Grand prix du Conseil des arts de Montréal for “its immense contribution to the vitality and development of Québec theatre.” In 2010, the Bibliothèque Jasmine-Dubé was inaugurated in AmquiIn 2013Dubé received the Prix Raymond-Plante for her exceptional work in children’s literature.  

The 2020 international messengers are Yvette Hardie (South Africa), President of ASSITEJ and Yoshi Oida (Japan), actor director and writer.

Their messages can be read here. For more information and resources please visit the ASSITEJ website.

Join the Conversation!

We’d like to hear from folks, whose voices aren’t often heard, to tell us about the positive impact that theatre has had on their lives. To do that we need your help! All you need is a phone and anyone (kids, board members, volunteers or the general public) who loves/likes/appreciates live theatre.

Film a 5-20 second clip of anyone who can finish this sentence, “I love theatre because…” and post it on Twitter or Facebook and tag us @PACTtweets.

OUR 2020 MESSAGE – “I love theatre because…!”

These celebrations are also great opportunities to connect with elected officials and other arts advocates in your community. Visit our Advocacy Tools & Resources page for ideas. Our Engagement Toolkit has some social media tips to help you get started.

As well, there are plenty of ways to take the celebration into your theatre! Some companies read the messages from the stage or post them in the lobby. You could also offer special events such as artist talks or backstage tours, or link your ongoing engagement events to the occasion.

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