Lorraine Pintal

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Lorraine Pintal OC, (born September 24, 1951) is a Canadian actor, director, producer and playwright.[1]


The daughter of Jean Pintal and Anne-Marie Bélanger, she was born in Plessisville and studied at the Conservatoire Lassalle [fr][2] and the Conservatoire d'art dramatique de Montréal. She debuted with the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde in 1973 in Mistero Buffo. In the same year, she was a co-founder of the Théâtre de La Rallonge. Pintal directed a number of works for the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde as well as for the Compagnie Jean-Duceppe [fr], the Théâtre de Quat'Sous and for the Théâtre Denise-Pelletier [fr].[3] She wrote and acted in the one woman performance Madame Louis 14.[1]

Pintal has been artistic director for the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde since 1992.[3]

As a stage director, she was recognized by the Association québécoise des critiques de théâtre (AQCT) for HA ha !... in 1990 and Hosanna in 1991. Les oranges sont vertes received a Masque Award in 1998 for best staging and best production. She received a Gascon-Thomas Award in 2001 from the National Theatre School of Canada.[1]

Pintal also produced a number of television series: Le Grand Remous [fr] (1988–90) and Montréal P.Q. [fr] (1990-92), as well as television plays: Hosanna (1991), Tartuffe (1997) and Bilan (2002).[1]

In 2002, she was named to the Order of Canada.[4]

In 2014, she was an unsuccessful Parti Québécois candidate in the Quebec riding of Verdun, losing to Liberal Jacques Daoust.[5]

In 2019, she was the recipient of a Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award as part of the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d "Pintal, Lorraine". The Canadian Encyclopedia.
  2. ^ Lumley, Elizabeth (2009). Canadian Who's Who. ISBN 978-0-8020-4092-3.
  3. ^ a b "Pintal, Lorraine". Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia.
  4. ^ "Lorraine Pintal, C.M." Order of Canada. Governor General of Canada.
  5. ^ "Verdun". Quebec Votes 2014. CBC News.
  6. ^ "Award Recipients - Governor General's Performing Arts Awards (GGPAA)". ggpaa.ca. Retrieved 2019-12-16.

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