Meeting with Jean-François Guilbault & Sabrina Baran – Faces of the ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering 2019

Part 5 of our Interview Series with Delegates at the ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering 2019

Jean-François Guilbault is a graduate of the Cégep Theatre in Saint-Hyacinthe (2008) and is the co-founder of Samsara Theatre. He has directed multiple shows and has collaborated on many Creative and Cultural projects for Young People. Being strongly involved in Theatre for Young Audiences, he has taken part in international creative workshops for Early Years Audiences and has performed himself in numerous productions and films. He is the recipient of the Louise-Lahaye and Marcel-Dubé prizes for Drama and he is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Theatre Creation at the University of Quebec in Montreal.

Sabrina Baran was born into a puppeteering family and was drawn to the worlds of Performing Arts, Dance, and Visual Arts early on. Following her two years of dancing at École supérieure de danse du Québec, she turned to acting. She was actively involved in student theatre companies while completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology which she wanted to complete to have a deeper knowledge of human behaviour. Following her studies, she began training with Quebec and European Masters of Puppet Theatre, using shadow and object puppets to create productions geared for children and toddlers. Since she officially began working with L’Illusion, Théâtre de marionnettes, Sabrina has been involved in creating, developing, and performing all of the company’s summer performance workshops. In 2008, she joined the cast of Chantefable as a puppeteer. This production led her to perform in Europe and Quebec, including at the Maison Théâtre Playhouse. She acted as an Artistic Advisor for the creation of Les Habits Neufs and, in 2012, was closely involved in creating Under The Stars, a production in which she also performs. Today, she is Co-Artistic Director of L’Illusion, Théâtre de marionnettes.

Hana Holloway is an experienced young American educator and theatre artist. Her passion for writing, puppetry, and devising theatre has led her to diverse opportunities in the Performing Arts. She was invited to be a Porter Fellow for the 2019 Theatre for Young Audiences USA conference and was accepted into the apprentice company for the 2017 Williamstown Theatre Festival. She is now a Programme Director for ​‘Lights, Camera, Learn!​‘, a nonprofit that educates and empowers children through the art of filmmaking which has recently brought her to Tunisia, Jordan, Palestine, and Dubai. Hana sees theatre as a transformative art form that has the power to impact change in the world. ///// Andreas Fredriksen is a Photographer and Cinematographer based in Kristiansand. He holds a bachelor degree in Literature, Film, and Theatre from the University of Agder and is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Drama and Theatre.