Paul-Buissonneau Award

In honour of

A native of France, Paul Buissonneau (1926-2014) was an accomplished actor and Québec theatre director. In 1953, in collaboration with Claude Robillard, then director of the Service des Parcs, Buissonneau founded La Roulotte, a colourful travelling theatre that continues to delight audiences today. Inspired by the Commedia dell’arte, this veritable theatre on wheels criss-crosses the city, giving live performances from park to park.

This award is named in honour of the man who worked tirelessly to make theatre accessible to all Montrealers, from the young to the young-at-heart. Paul Buissonneau was a major influence on Montréal’s arts scene. Thanks to his vision and to La Roulotte, many generations of Montrealers were introduced to live theatre from a young age and have continued their love affair with theatre for more than 40 years.

Paul Buissonneau encouraged many aspiring young actors who went on to become famous, including Yvon Deschamps, Marcel Sabourin, Robert Charlebois, Claude Jasmin, Clémence Desrochers, Gabriel Arcand and many others.

Nature of the award

The Prix Paul-Buissonneau honours the exceptional contribution of an individual, an amateur theatre company or an organization to the development of Montréal’s amateur theatre.

The yearly winner receives an honorary certificate and a $1 000 bursary. The Prix Paul-Buissonneau is awarded by Ville de Montréal.

Eligibility criteria

Only actions performed in amateur theater in a recreational context in the territory of the Ville de Montréal are eligible. Moreover, in the case of an individual application, the applicant must be a resident of Montréal.

Application file

The application form can be dowloaded from this site. Il is also available in Word format on request. Montréal’s leisure and cultural recreation workers can also download the form on the CultureLoisir@Réseau Extranet website.

Method of evaluation

The panel is composed of three judges:

  • a representative from the Fédération québécoise de théâtre amateur
  • a representative from Montréal theater community
  • a representative from the City’s Service de la culture

The panel will review applications based on the following criteria:

  • Quality of the actions and professional support given to amateur performers
  • History and attendance at the activities
  • Originality and novelty of the completed projects
  • Effect of the applicant’s actions on the development of amateur theatre and involvement in the amateur arts community

Date of the award presentation

The Prix Paul-Buissonneau will be awarded June 2, 2018 at Art neuf cultural centre. 

Call for applications

March 23 to April 20, 2018


See attached file (French only)

Artistic field

Cultural recreation

Prize type

City awards


Marie-Ève Courchesne
Service de la Culture
514 872-2014
801 Brennan St., 5th Floor, Suite 5221
Montréal, QC H3C 0G4