Founder and Artistic Director of the Festival international des arts jeune public Les Coups de Théâtre since 1990
“Rémi Boucher has become a recognized expert in the performing arts for young audiences around the world. Some international theatre programmers will readily vouch for his astonishingly keen eye.”
Michel Bélair in Le Devoir, novembre 2014
In 1990, he founded the biennial Festival international des arts jeune public Les Coups de Théâtre, encouraging and welcoming new works for young audiences from around the world. In 1995, he added an international festival of cinema for young audiences called Les 400 Coups in tribute to François Truffaut. The success of this initiative led Daniel Langlois to ask Rémi Boucher to head up the Ciné-Kid series as part of the regular programming of Montreal’s Ex-Centris movie cinema.
In 1999 in Finland, already very involved in the international world of theatre and performance for children and young people, Mr. Boucher was elected to the executive of ASSITEJ International (International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People), an association of theatres, organisations and individuals from over 80 countries. In July 2002 in Seoul, Rémi Boucher and his Festival Les Coups de Théâtre were chosen to organize the 15th ASSITEJ World Congress and Performing Arts Festival. During that general meeting, Mr. Boucher was elected Vice-President of ASSITEJ International.
On his return to Quebec, he was named Personality of the Week by the Montreal daily La Presse. In the fall of that year, the Conseil des Arts de Montréal conferred its Theatre award on the Festival Les Coups de Théâtre in recognition of the exceptional quality of its most recent festivals.
In Montreal in 2005, in cooperation with ASSITEJ International and UNESCO, the Coups de Théâtre organization brought together artists from 63 countries. A total of 36 shows, most from the Americas, were presented in some 20 of the city’s cultural venues that opened their doors to young audiences—some for the very first time.
Over the years, Rémi Boucher has been honoured with many awards and distinctions. His work has been recognized by the Conseil des Arts de Montréal, the Académie québécoise du théâtre, the Conseil québécois de la musique and the Association québécoise des critiques de théâtre. All are unanimous in praising his artistic choices and the astonishing quality of his productions and achievements.