Stewart Lemoine

Stewart Lemoine

Stewart Lemoine excels as a prodigious playwright, producer and director, whose body of work encompasses over 65 plays. His works are all comedies, yet run the gamut from screwball farce to the wistfully reflective, taking place in exotic international locales and/or right here in Edmonton. His work has garnered attention for this city when performed nationally and internationally, and Edmonton Journal theatre writer Liz Nicholls aptly sums up Stewart’s value to our artistic scene when she writes, “His impressive multi-faceted career, spanning more than 25 years is intimately linked to Edmonton’s national profile as a ‘theatre town.’ ”

Fans of Edmonton’s Fringe Theatre Festival are familiar with Stewart’s highly imaginative plays, rife with quirky plots and whimsical-but-wise dialogue – works that have been called contemporary fairy tales for adults. His association with the Fringe began at the Festival’s inception in 1982 when his company, Teatro la Quindicina, was formed. Teatro and Lemoine were a constant presence during the first two decades of the Fringe and, following a five year hiatus, returned triumphantly in 2008.

Since 1994, he and Teatro have resided at the Varscona Theatre in Old Strathcona, and have consistently produced four productions a year, including both revivals and new works. Lemoine has also worked extensively with young artists- forming an adjunct company of young performers called Teatro Bambino in the 1990’s and now giving many young professionals their first post-graduate theatrical opportunities. Under his mentorship Teatro reserves one production slot in every season for a new play or musical by a budding Edmonton writer. He’s also taught workshops for playwrights at all levels, and has had particular success teaching elementary-aged children in Edmonton Public Schools. His various other Varscona projects have included the hugely successful improvised soap opera Die-Nasty, and the Euro-style variety show Oh Susanna.

Stewart has won numerous awards, including seven Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards -for The Glittering Heart (1990), the Book of Tobit (1993), The Noon Witch (1995), Pith! (1997), At the Zenith of the Empire (2005), The Oculist’s Holiday (2010) and Witness to a Conga (2011). He was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2003 and received the award for Overall Excellence in Playwriting at the 2004 New York International Fringe Festival. In 2008, he was the inaugural winner of the $50,000 Tommy Banks Performing Arts Award and in 2010 he was inducted into the City of Edmonton’s Cultural Hall of Fame. In 2013 he received The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his artistic contributions to Alberta and Canada.

with Leona Brausen during Damp Fury, 2000

Cultural Hall of Fame

Edmonton Journal 1989

My Photo Albums

in the Teatro office with Ron Pederson & Josh Mellot