The Muses: Performing art center is a unique school in its category, offering professional training in theatre, dance and song to artists living with disabilities (intellectual, pervasive developmental disorder, autism spectrum, physical or sensory). Our program provides a professional and social setting that leads to integration of advanced students and graduates into the artistic milieu.  

Recently, thanks to this training, diverse artists had the opportunity to shine in the award winning film Gabrielle by Louise Archambault!

Founded in 1997 by dancer Cindy Schwartz, The Muses: Performing Arts center came into being with the mandate of filling a void for available full time artistic training offered to those living with a disability. With the mission of training multitalented creative and professional artists, The Muses also has the mandate to promote their integration in professional practice and to sensitize the industry to the aptitudes and great potential of these exceptional emerging artists.

Also, The Muses has been working since 2001 to build stronger connections with the Quebec artistic milieu.  For more than ten years, our program has been working closely with theatrical and dance companies recognized in Quebec and abroad. In the last years, The Muses created collaborative business relations with casting agencies and also members of the television industry. The cinematographic industry has also shown interested in the talent of several artists from The Muses. Here is an overview of the artistic productions in which our graduates and advanced students have participated:

 

Theatre

  • Quand j’étais un animal (Manual of taxidermy) (2004), Ce soir, l’Amérique prend son bain (2005), Go Shopping [et fais le mort] (2006), Just Fake It (2010), AVALe (2014), Abîmés (2016) – Joe, Jack et John Company 

 

Dance

 

Multidisciplinary

  • Leçons (2004), Le temps des marguerites… à la folie ou pas du tout (2008), Pharmakon (2011) – Les productions des pieds des main
  • Cabaret Les Muses (2010) – Les Muses : Center for the performing arts
  • Cabaret Dinde et Farces (2012) – Théâtre du Pâté Chinois

 

Television 

 

Cinema

 

Song

Our advance voice students have shared the stage with :

 

The Muses training program is a unique Canadian innovator much lauded for its excellence and important contribution towards the inclusion of those living with a disability.