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2011 Adjudicator

Acting (French Theatre)
Richard Lebel

Since 2006, Richard Lebel has been leading Ottawa's Francophone Theatre Centre - La Nouvelle Scène - as CEO.

A self-taught professional, he has worked in the fields of management, communications and animation for the past 30-plus years. Between 1979 and 1988, he jump-started his career working at Télé-Québec and Groupe communication Quartz. In 1985, he wrote the Guide de gestion des petites organisations commissioned by the Government of Québec's Treasury Board. From 1988 to 1992, he was a copywriter and marketing consultant at Turquoise Design in Hull, working on many nationally and internationally recognized projects. During his time at Ottawa's La Cité collégiale (1992 to 2004), Richard taught all French language classes as well as numerous classes in marketing, advertising and small business management.

From 1994 to 2002, he also served as a copywriter and marketing consultant for the graphic design firm Mario Godbout Design (MGD) in Gatineau where he worked on key accounts such as the Bank of Canada; Société Radio-Canada; the Canada Council for the Arts; the Galaxie music network; the Canadian Museum of Civilization including the Children's Museum; Heritage Canada and; the National Arts Centre's Dance and French Theatre Departments. Many of Richard's collaborative work with the MGD team also received national and international acclaim.

From 2002 to 2005, Richard Lebel was Director of Communications for L'écho d'un peuple, a blockbuster show presented in Eastern Ontario that featured 300 actors and 800 volunteers. Richard was a member of the musical group L Jazz (2001-2010) and performed at the National Arts Centre in 2008; at the Ottawa International Jazz Festival in 2006 and 2008; at the New Music Festival in Abitibi-Témiscamingue in 2004 and 2007 and on many occasions at the Temple du jazz in Québec City's Clarendon Hotel.

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