Marie-Hélène da Silva

Co-founder of Le Moulin à musique, Marie-Hélène da Silva graduated in music and education at Université du Québec. She grew up in a family where theatre and music lay at the heart of education. She is a pioneer in the development of musical theatre productions for young audiences. Peers, critics and audiences recognize her as an innovator in encouraging children to discover music.

As a violinist, an actress and a teacher, she was involved in creating and performing numerous works produced by Le Moulin à musique such as Violin on a String (Winner, Opus Prize 1997), The Red Reacher and Dawn. With her company she toured extensively throughout Canada, and also in France and Belgium. In 2004 she added to her list of achievements the writing and directing of Bonnes Nouvelles. In 2006, she produced Garde-Robe, in close co-operation with artistic director of Les Boréades de Montréal Francis Colpron and artistic director of Théâtre Magasin Joël da Silva. Her latest creation is Pierres blanches (2010). Since the foundation of Le Moulin à musique, Marie-Hélène da Silva’s work has focused exclusively on young audiences.