Segal Centre for Performing Arts

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Segal Centre for Performing Arts
Centre Segal des arts de la scène
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Segal Centre for Performing Arts
Location 5170, chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
H3W 1M7
Coordinates 45°29′19″N 73°38′08″W / 45.488729°N 73.635674°W / 45.488729; -73.635674Coordinates: 45°29′19″N 73°38′08″W / 45.488729°N 73.635674°W / 45.488729; -73.635674
Public transit Côte-Sainte-Catherine and Snowdon
Capacity Theatre -306
Studio - 186
CinemaSpace - 77
Opened 1967
Architect Phyllis Lambert
Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre

The Segal Centre for Performing Arts, formerly the Saidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts, is a theatre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It is located at 5170 chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine, in the borough of Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce.[1]

The building that houses the theatre was designed by Montreal architect Phyllis Lambert,[2] a daughter of Saidye Bronfman. It is home to the Segal Theatre, the Academy of Performing Arts, CinemaSpace, Studio, and the Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre.


In 2007 the Saidye Bronfman Centre was renamed the Segal Centre for Performing Arts in acknowledgement of the financial support of Leanor and Alvin Segal in partnership with the Bronfman family. Uniting theatre, music, dance, cinema and arts education under one roof, its mission is to promote the creation, production and presentation of professional artistic work, support emerging artists and foster intercultural understanding through the arts.

The Segal Theatre is now a world-class English-language theatre. It has expanded to become a nationally recognized venue for the performing arts with a focus on creation, innovation, diversity, and cross-cultural collaborations. Driven by a belief in the power of the arts to strengthen and connect communities, the Segal's programming emphasizes original interpretations of popular classics and contemporary works, new Canadian musicals, and engaging productions with universal appeal.

In 2008, the Segal Theatre co-produced the original musical Houdini with the Montreal Highlights Festival (dir. Bryna Wasserman). It was remounted later that year by the Montreal International Jazz Festival, the first play ever to be featured at the Festival. It was wildly successful with both French and English audiences as well as critics.

Other highlights include Sam Shepard’s Buried Child (2009) which was co-produced with theNational Arts Centre (NAC) and directed byPeter Hinton, Artistic Director of English Theatre at the NAC. Old Wicked Songs (2010, dir. Bryna Wasserman) by Jon Marans was co-produced with Théâtre du Rideau Vert and played in French as Une musique inquiétante before the original cast and crew moved to the Segal to perform the production in English.

The Segal Centre has become a major player in the development and production of new Canadian musicals. In June 2015, the Centre premiered Belles Soeurs: The Musical based on the play by Michel Tremblay with book and lyrics by René Richard Cyr, music by Daniel Bélanger, English adaptation of book and lyrics by Neil Bartram and Brian Hill, and directed by René Richard Cyr. A co-production with Copa de Oro, Belles Soeurs went on a national tour and won the Capital Critics Circle Award for Best Production after its stop at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.

In June, 2015, the Segal Centre launched a world premiere of a musical adaptation of Mordecai Richler's novel, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, with book and lyrics by David Spencer, music by Alan Menken, directed by Austin Pendleton, starring Alberta-born Kenneth James Stewart as the infamous Duddy, who follows his grandfather's advice to own some land, regardless of the personal consequences. An original cast recording was released on Sh-k-boom and Ghostlights Records on December 2, 2016.

In October 2016, the Segal Centre premiered Prom Queen: The Musical based on the true story of Marc Hall, the Ontario teenager who took his Catholic School Board to court when it refused to let him attend prom with his boyfriend. Produced by Marcia Kash with book by Kent Staines, lyrics by Akiva Romer-Segal, music by Colleen Dauncey, musical direction by Mark Camilleri, choreography by Sean Cheesman, Prom Queen: The Musicalwon the Playwrights Guild of Canada’s Stage West Pechet Family Musical Award at theTom Hendry Awards in 2016.

Upcoming projects include a musical adaptation of Roch Carrier’s beloved story The Hockey Sweater. The production will pay homage to this treasured Quebec story by reinventing the classic tale into a modern musical for the whole family. The Hockey Sweater: A Musical will premiere at the Segal in the fall of 2017 as part of the official program of Montreal’s 375th anniversary celebrations.

The Segal Centre is also an artistic resource and hub for Montreal’s diverse theatre community of independent and emerging artists to create explore and grow. Its second stage, The Studio, has been a venue for SideMart Theatrical Grocery; the Power Jazz series; and the Segal’s popular Broadway Café events, as well as guest programming.

In addition, the Segal Centre for Performing Arts houses the world-renowned Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre, celebrating almost sixty years of dramatizing the Jewish experience.

The current Artistic Director is Lisa Rubin.[3]

  • Over 75,000 visitors a year
  • Home to the esteemed Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre (est. 1958), Canada’s only and oldest Yiddish-language theatre
  • Provide employment for and advance the artistic practice of over 200 artists from Montreal and across the country, year-round
  • Multi-space venue includes a 306-seat Theatre, a 186 seat Studio, ArtLounge and 77-seat CinemaSpace along with 5 rehearsal spaces, a costume shop and scenic shop


The Segal Centre for Performing Arts is a not-for-profit theatre company dedicated to nurturing, producing and presenting world-class English-language theatre, and to showcasing professional artists from Montreal and around the world.

Founded in 1967, the Segal Centre has expanded to become a nationally recognized venue for the performing arts, a training ground for emerging artists and a one-of-a-kind destination for the best of jazz concerts, dance, cinema and Jewish arts and culture.

Production history[edit]

2017-18 season

2016-17 season

  • My Name Is Asher Lev, by Aaron Posner, adapted from the novel by Chaim Potok, directed by Steven Schipper, a co-production with the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre
  • Prom Queen: The Musical, book by Kent Staines, lyrics by Akiva Romer-Segal, music by Colleen Dauncey, produced by Mary Young Leckie, based on the true life story of Marc Hall, directed by Marcia Kash, musical Direction by Mark Camilleri, choreography by Sean Cheesman
  • Noises Off, by Michael Frayn, directed by Jacob Tierney
  • Million Dollar Quartet, book by Colin Escott & Floyd Mutrux, original Concept & Direction by Floyd Mutrux, directed by Lisa Rubin
  • How to Disappear Completely, a Chop Theatre production, written and performed by Itai Erdal, written in collaboration with James Long, Anita Rochon & Emelia Symington Fedy, directed by James Long
  • It Shoulda Been You, book & Lyrics by Brian Hargrove, Music & Concept by Barbara Anselmi, Directed & Choreographed by Jim White
  • What's in a Name? By Matthieu Delaporte & Alexandre de la Patellière, Adapted by Jeremy Sams, A co-production with Just For Laughs, In partnership with Montreal 375

2015-16 season

2014-15 season

2013-14 season

2012-13 season

2011–12 season

2010–11 season

2009–10 season

2008–09 season

2007–08 season

2006–07 season

2005–06 season

2004–05 season

2003–04 season

2002–03 season

2001–02 season

2000–01 season

1999–2000 season

1998–99 season

1997–98 season

1996–97 season

1995–96 season

  • Jest a Second!, by James Sherman, directed by Dennis Zacek
  • Crazy for You
  • The Faraway Nearby, by John Murrell, directed by Lily Parker

1994–95 season

1993–94 season

  • Beau Jest, by James Sherman, directed by Roger Peace, Snapshot Productions
  • Brilliant Traces / Traces D’étoiles, by Cindy Lou Johnson, translated by Maryse Warda, directed by Pierre Bernard
  • The Mandrake, by Jean-Pierre Ronfard - Cancelled

1992–93 season

1991–92 season

1990–91 season

1988–89 season

  • Cantata, by Anne Cameron, directed by Svetlana Zylin
  • Shades, by Eugene Poku & Jessie Goldberg, directed by Glen Robinson
  • Echo, by Ann Diamond, adapted by Robert Lepage, directed by Rober Lepeljo
  • The Passion of Narcisse Mondoux, by Gratien Gélinas, translated by Linda Gaboriau, directed by Peter Moss
  • Sarah Bernard & the Beast, by Michael Bawtree, directed by Michael Bawtree
  • The Mystery of the Oak Island Treasure, by Jim Betts, directed by Elsa Bolam

1986–87 season

1983–84 season

1981–82 season

1980–81 season

  • Table Settings, by James Lapine, directed by Perry Schneiderman
  • L'Impromtu d'Outremont, by Michel Tremblay, translated by John Van Burek, directed by André Brassard
  • Mixed Marriage, by George Szanto, music by Philip Schreibman, directed by Per Brask
  • Bosoms & Neglect, by John Guare, directed by Brian Richmond
  • A Concert-Cabaret, medley of Kurt Weill, Sondheim and Yiddish music
  • The Emigrants, by Slavomir Mrozek, translation by Henry Beissel, directed by Per Brask
  • Hotsmach, by Itzik Manger, music by Eli Rubinstein, directed by Dora Wasserman, production of the Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre
  • Green Fields, by Peretz Hirschbien, music Eli Rubinstein, lyrics M. Husid, directed by Dora Wasserman, production of the Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre
  • Songs & Stories of A. A. Milne, adapted by Judith Lebane

1979–80 season

  • Biography: A Game, by Max Frisch, directed by Alexander Hausvater
  • Peter and the Wolf, production of EntreSix Dance Theatre
  • La petite injustice, by Raphael Lévy, translated by Aviva Ravel, directed by Daniel Simard
  • Blue Champagne, by Ken John Grant, music by Don Horsburg, directed by Ken John Grant
  • Family Business, by Dick Goldberg, directed by Sean Mulcahy
  • The Vaudevillians, by Peter Colley & Heinar Piller

1978–79 season

1977–78 season

1976–77 season

1975–76 season

  • Quatre à Quatre, by Michel Garneau, translated by Christian Bedard & Keith Turnbull, composed by André Angelini, directed by Daniele J. Suissa
  • The Wizard of Oz, from the novel of L. Frank Baum, directed by George Popovich
  • Zalmen, or the Madness of God, by Elie Wiesel, adapted by Marion Wiesel, directed by Sean Mulcahy
  • Flytrap, by David Freeman, composed by Eli Rubinstein, directed by Robert Robinson
  • La Locandiera, by Carlo Goldoni, translated by Clifford Bax, directed by George Popovich
  • The Collection & The Lover, by Harold Pinter, directed by Robert Robinson

1974–75 season

1973–74 season

1972–73 season

  • Sleeping Beauty, by Chris Wiggings, directed by Suzanne McFarlane
  • Captives of the Faceless Drummer, by George Ryga, directed by Henry Tarvainen
  • Kaddish, by Allen Ginsberg, directed by Daniele J. Suissa
  • The Patrick Pearse Motel, by Hugh Leonard, directed by Sean Mulcahy

1971–72 season

1970–71 season

1969–70 season

1968–69 season

1967–68 season


META Awards

Outstanding Set Design - Eo Sharp, RED

Outstanding Production - Sherlock Holmes

Outstanding Direction - Andrew Shaver, Sherlock Holmes

Outstanding Costume Design - James Lavoie, Sherlock Holmes

Outstanding Lighting Design - Luc Prairie, Sherlock Holmes

Outstanding Sound Design - Jesse Ash, Sherlock Holmes

Outstanding Supporting Performance - Julie Tamiko Manning, Othello

Outstanding Supporting Performance - Daniel Brochu, Othello

Outstanding Direction - Micheline Chevrier, Top Girls

Outstanding Lead Performance - Leni Parker, Top Girls

Outstanding Set Design - Max-Otto Fauteux, Top Girls

Outstanding Costume Design - Mylène Chabrol, Top Girls

Outstanding Lighting Design - Martin Sirois, Top Girls

Outstanding Emerging Artist - Aiza Ntibarikure, Ain’t Misbehavin’

Outstanding Set Design - Michael Gianfrancesco, Funny Girl

Outstanding Costume Design - Michael Gianfrancesco, Funny Girl

Outstanding PACT Production, Travesties

Outstanding Set Design - Pierre-Étienne Locas, Travesties

Outstanding Costume Design - Louise Bourret, Travesties

Outstanding Lighting Design - Kimberly Purtell, We Are Not Alone (Crow’s Theatre)

Outstanding Original Composition - Matthew Barber and Justin Rutledge, The Graduate

Outstanding Community Production, The Producers

Capital Critics Circle Award (Ottawa)

Best Professional Play (2016), Belles Soeurs: The Musical

Masques Awards

Best English Language Production - I Am My Own Wife

Best English Production - The Glass Menagerie

Best English Production - Salt Water Moon

Best English Production - Betrayal

Best Actress(es) - Viola Léger and Linda Sorgini in Grace and Glorie

Lifetime Achievement Award to Dora Wasserman

AQCT French Critics

Best English Language Production - Amadeus

MECCA Awards

Outstanding Costume Design - James Lavoie, Lies My Father Told Me

Outstanding Direction - Greg Kramer, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Best Sound Design, Rob Denton, The Satchmo’ Suite

Set Design, Yannik Larivée, I Am My Own Wife/Amadeus

Best Actor, Brett Christopher, I Am My Own Wife

Best Director, Alexandre Marine, Amadeus

Best Professional Production, The Importance of Being Earnest

Best Director, Perter Hinton, A Doll House

Best Lighting, Spike Lyne, My Old Lady

Best Set Design, Peter Hartwell, The Importance of Being Earnest

Best Actor - Martha Henry in Rose

Best Professional Production - Hedda Gabler

Best Actor - Don Anderson in De Profundis (Gravy Bath)

Best Semi Pro\Amateur - Kali Yuga (Gravy Bath)

Best Actor - Gareth Armstrong in Shylock

Best Actress - Michelle Monteith in The Glass Menagerie

Best Director - Madd Harold for Shakespeare's Coriolanus (Gravy Bath)

Best Semi Pro\Amateur - Shakespeare's Coriolanus (Gravy Bath)

Best Ensemble - Theatre Smith-Gilmour for Chekhov's Shorts

Best Actor - Pierre Brault in Blood on the Moon

Best Professional Production - Salt Water Moon

Best Actress - Uta Hagen in Collected Stories

Best Semi-professional Production - The Threepenny Opera (Yiddish Theatre)

Best Production - After the Dance

Award of Distinction to Bryna Wasserman

Best New Ensemble to Montreal Young Company

Best Semi-Professional Production - The Great Houdini (Yiddish Theatre)

Best English Production - Betrayal

The MECCAs are awarded by the Montreal English Critics Circle

The Masques are awarded by l’Académie Québecoise du Théâtre

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Encyclopedia, Canadian Theatre. "Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia - Segal Centre for Performing Arts". Retrieved 2017-07-25. 
  2. ^ Segal Centre for Performing Arts at
  3. ^ Encyclopedia, Canadian Theatre. "Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia - Segal Centre for Performing Arts". Retrieved 2017-07-25. 

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