Place des Arts Announces a New Teacher and New Classes

Emilie LeClerc Place Des Arts Coquitlam

Place des Arts is pleased to welcome professional actor and teacher Emilie LeClerc to its theatre arts faculty. Beginning this September, Emilie will teach the Lower Mainland’s only Mask and Physical Theatre classes for children and youth, and will also co-teach Place des Arts’ new Next Stage performance class for 13-to-17-year-olds with James O’Shea.

With a B.A. from McGill University, minor in English drama, Emilie is also a graduate of Langara College’s renowned Studio 58 professional acting training program. She furthered her acting training by attending clown and bouffon workshops at the prestigious École Philippe Gaulier in Paris, France.

Emilie has performed professionally in productions ranging from Musical Theatre to Theatre for Young Audiences, Shakespeare and Canadian Dramas. She has taught acting workshops in schools across British Columbia for Théâtre la Seizième.

A born performer, Emilie remembers developing plays with her sister and friends at a young age and making her parents watch. She says, “I would paint everybody’s faces, we’d dress up, and I would make my sister play the piano for the opening of our show.”

Emilie was inspired to become a professional actor at age 8 when she first saw street performers on stilts and live music shows during the Winterlude festival in Ottawa. She took drama classes in high school and says, “Acting was a way for me to be ‘big’ on stage and have simply fun. I was actually quite timid in school as a child, and acting was a way for me to get out of that, be bold, be fun, and make people laugh!”

Emilie loves teaching acting to children. She says she loves seeing them use their wild imaginations and delights in seeing the twinkle in their eyes when they discover something new and exciting.

Place des Arts’ Mask and Physical Theatre classes are offered for three age groups: 6-9, 10-13 and 14-17 years on Saturday mornings at Place des Arts. They will focus on the full embodiment of the actor and how to use bodies, faces, expressions and movements to tell a story or create characters.

Emilie says, “Physical theatre training is the basis for every successful creative actor. It helps you create original characters and makes the audience follow your imagination wherever you want to bring them. In the mask classes, we’ll do lots of physical theatre basic games, then move into working with neutral, then character and Commedia Dell’ Arte masks.”

For more information about theatre arts programs at Place des Arts, visit or call 604.664.1636.

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