Festival TransAmériques, or the FTA, is a festival of contemporary dance and theatre.

The FTA is a harbinger of springtime in Montreal. Kicking off the summer season in late May, the Festival presents an average of 25 shows in performance venues and in outdoor public spaces over a two-week period.

The FTA takes place in some 15 venues, from downtown locales in the entertainment district like Place des Arts and the Monument National, to theatres in other neighbourhoods such as Usine C, Espace Libre and Théâtre ESPACE GO.

Founded in 1985 by Marie-Hélène Falcon and Jacques Vézina, the Theatre Festival of the Americas became in 2007 the Festival TransAmériques, an annual event directed by David Lavoie, executive director and Martine Dennewald and Jessie Mill, coartistic directors.

Among the artists invited to the Festival are major figures in contemporary theatre and dance, strong voices from here and elsewhere: Marie Brassard, Romeo Castellucci, Olivier Choinière, Mélanie Demers, Frédérick Gravel, Trajal Harrell, Lara Kramer, Benoît Lachambre, Christian Lapointe, Louise Lecavalier, Étienne Lepage, Robert Lepage, Daniel Léveillé, Denis Marleau and Stéphanie Jasmin, Richard Maxwell, Dana Michel, Marlene Monteiro-Freitas, Wajdi Mouawad, Alain Platel, Crystal Pite, Nadia Ross, Anne Thériault, Meg Stuart, Ivo van Hove, etc.

A hit with audiences! Attendance rates in venues from 2015 to 2019 have averaged 96%.

By means of the co-production policy adopted in 2007, the FTA has helped create 101 national and international shows, with an average annual investment of $100,000.

An average of 200 performances of FTA co-productions are presented every year in over 50 cities outside Quebec.

The FTA programming team sees more than 450 shows per year in Quebec, across Canada and abroad. Its scouting missions include stops in an average of 35 cities in some fifteen countries every year.

In 2018 a book celebrating the history of the FTA was published by Éditions Somme toute: FTA : Nos jours de fête.

+ In 2020 the FTA produces its first podcast in four episodes: Inhabiting.

Three Montreal universities offer seminars every spring on shows presented at the FTA: the University of Quebec at Montreal, the University of Montreal and Concordia University.


FTA Facts
& Figures

Since 1985

531 shows
2 353 performances
51 countries
138 co-productions
+ $1.5 M invested in co-productions
nearly 970,000 festivalgoers

Every year

+ 40,000 spectators
+ 750 adolescents take part in the Student Outreach program
+ 130 presenters, festival programmers, artistic consultants, dramaturgs and delegates attend the FTA, 100 of whom come from some twenty different countries 
+ 150 accredited journalists, including a dozen from abroad
+ 2,400 overnight stays in Montreal hotels
+ 35 volunteers working some 600 hours


and distinctions 

2018: Artistic director Martin Faucher received the Prix Gascon-Thomas from the National Theatre School of Canada. 

2015: Festival co-founder Marie-Hélène Falcon received the Denise Pelletier Performing Arts Award from the Government of Quebec.

2013: FTA the recipient of the Grand Prix awarded by the Montreal Arts Council for its unparalleled contributions to enriching the cultural life of Montreal.

2008: The FTA awarded Tourism Montreal’s Prix Ulysse, Festivals et événements touristiques (operating budget of $1M or more), and regional winner of its Grand Prix du tourisme