In 2012, a major pioneer of Franco-Ontarian theatre, Brigitte Haentjens, becomes the first woman to direct the National Arts Centre’s French Theatre program. Haentjens, a native of Versailles, France, quickly becomes known in the Franco-Ontarian milieu upon her arrival. After working in the Ottawa dramatic arts community, at the Théâtre d’la Corvée and the Théâtre d’la Vieille 17, Haentjens directs Sudbury’s Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario from 1982 to 1990. She then makes a name for herself in Quebec, at ESPACE GO, the Trident, the Théâtre du Rideau vert and the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde, through her particularly audacious productions. With her appointment to the NAC, Brigitte Haentjens rises to the ranks of the biggest names in theatre – André Brassard, Robert Lepage, Wajdi Mouawad – who preceded her in this position.