Marie has worked for 9 years in international development before moving to the cultural sector. First and foremost interested in the human aspect of management, she has been working in the cultural and social sector for 13 years.
She obtained a Bachelor's degree in International Studies from Université de Montreal in 2003 and then completed an international cooperation internship in Peru which confirmed her desire to contribute to a more just and poverty-free world. She began her public awareness career at Oxfam-Québec and, in 2010, began a master's degree in administration at ÉNAP, which she completed in 2012.
Marie joins the National School of Humor in the spring of 2012 as Director of Operations and Funding. She discovered the richness and the necessity of the artistic creation. She contributed to the school's structuring and funding efforts, notably by setting up a philanthropic committee composed of members of Montreal's emerging business community. The general direction of Le Grand Costumier represents for Marie a beautiful crossroads allowing her to tie social engagement and culture.
Fascinated by all that is textile since childhood, Anne-Marie comes to the profession of seamstress later, having made career first in the sector of tourism. She held various positions in this first career, including the management of a tourist reception service, the sale and negotiation of airline fares, the sale and coordination of events. During these years, she acquired skills in team management, coordination, reception and customer service.
Anne-Marie's passion for sewing and all that textile has remained very present in her life and she decided start a training at École des Métiers des Faubourgs. This decision completely changed the course of her life and unleashed a real bulimia for sewing and especially, for costume conception. Since then, Anne-Marie has operated her own sewing workshop and has at the same time accumulated contracts in the production of costumes for the theater. She is constantly looking for new techniques and learnings that she can apply in her work.
Her position as Head of Workshop at Le Grand Costumier asked her to make decisions about sewing and repairing costumes, but also to use the skills acquired during her first career, whether to manage teams of seamstresses, to supervise trainees or to set up management and communication tools for Le Grand Costumier's workshop. She is now excited about Le Grand Costumier's catalog repair project and is proud to be part of a wonderful team.
Danielle Graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art History and Film Theory at Concordia university in 2013. This degree has provided her with a vast knowledge base of (western) historical imagery and theory used in contemporary art and performance.
After taking intensive workshops of set and properties design & building in Stratford Ontario, Danielle has dedicated herself to creating for theatre and film. Be it in set, makeup, props or costume, danielle’s interdisciplinary background has enabled her to imagine and create the ‘full image’ on stage or on screen, paying attention to every detail to ensure the story is told through the design. Ever curious and connected to tactile crafts, Danielle is self taught, and has attended multiple creation workshops and academic conferences over the years, including the Prague Quadrennials of Space, Art and Design in 2011 and 2016.
Danielle moved to Berlin in 2013 to broaden her artistic experiences and worked on multiple large scale immersive and promenade theatre projects at the Schaubühne and Ballhaus Ost, as well as short films and classical plays produced by the DFFB and Deutsches Theatre respectively.
Danielle has been working at Le Grand Costumier since novembre 2016, and is enormously proud to participate in the evolution of the project. Danielle hopes to co-curate educational workshops as part of the Grand Costumier’s mission to extend their resources to the artistic community and to continue the history of the collection by welcoming donations and new acquisitions to our treasure trove.
Gabrielle graduated with an MFA in stage design from Northwestern University, Evanston, Il, USA. She focused on costume & scenic design, and puppetry. While studying at Northwestern, Gabrielle designed multiple productions from Shakespeare, to theater for young audience, dance, contemporary plays such as the brilliant Sarah Ruhl, as well as assisting on musicals and circus. She obtained her BFA in design for the theatre at Concordia University, Montréal, as well as studying abroad at l’École des Beaux Arts de Bordeaux, France.
Graduated in Set and Costumes Design at Collège Lionel-Groux in 2011, Sabrina has since worked on various theater and film projects where she designs and manufactures costumes and accessories, as well as being a model maker.
To deepen and diversify her theatrical skills, she moved to Dublin, Ireland in 2013. When returning to Quebec, the intimate and collective connection with the “Angels in the Park’s” audience - a dubliner project on which she collaborated - inspired her to found the Théâtre du Ricochet to implement “Public indiscretions”, a project refreshed annually by her texts addressing the news and proposing a citizen reflection.
In addition to composing each year the costumes of the fourteen characters of the project, she has been working at Le Grand Costumier since 2017 where she collaborates with costume designers to find the perfect pieces for their projects, she welcomes many trainees from different professional integration programs and ensures consistency in the evolution of the database in order to preserve the collection.
Drawing teacher with 20 years of experience in the creation of modernized Algerian traditional costumes, and in the formation of ornaments through her studio and her participation in several craft shows in Europe, Samia is passionate about materials, colors and their amalgamation to each other in harmony. She also creates different objects of decorations using several techniques (molding, painting, embroidery, beading ...) She joined the team of Le Grand Costumier in March 2017 as a costume clerk in the inventory for her professional restart, as a new immigrant to Quebec.
Board of directors
Le Grand Costumier’s board of directors is made up of members actively involved in the cultural and social sectors, who are enthusiastic about the organization’s mission.