QDF is thrilled to introduce our hosts for the Winter Calendar Launch coming up on January 15! In addition to the great featured performances and live interviews, the entire evening will be in the capable hands of the incomparable Sarah Segal-Lazar and Cat Lemieux. The pair are well-known around Montreal for their performances in some of our member companies like Centaur Theatre, The Segal Centre, Repercussion Theatre, and the St Ambroise Montreal FRINGE Festival. They are both multi-disciplinary powerhouses who will bring something special to the evening with their artistic moxie and energetic personalities. See you there!

Sarah is actor, playwright, and singer-songwriter. A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and the Dome Theatre, her experimental musical Talk, Mackerel was nominated for 4 Montreal Fringe awards and selected for Centaur Theatre’s 2014 Wildside Festival. The Montreal Gazette named her site-specific musical In Memoriam one of the top plays of 2014. In 2015, she released her debut album Two if by Sea. In 2016, she composed the music for Persephone Productions’ Jerome of Sandy Cove and starred in the Montreal premiere of Bad Jews, for which she was nominated for Outstanding Lead Performance – Actress, METAs. She recently starred in its 2017 remount at the Segal Centre. This summer, she got to fulfill her childhood dream of acting with Repercussion Theatre. Sarah is currently creating her first documentary play through Crow’s Theatre in Toronto.

Since starting her career, Cat Lemieux has had the opportunity to work with some of Montreal’s most acclaimed independent theatre companies (Repercussion Theatre, Imago, Tableau d’Hôtes, Scapegoat Carnavale, Mainline Theatre). Cat has performed in both Montreal and New York City’s Fringe festivals. She has also co-hosted the St Ambroise Montreal Fringe late night show “L’Aprés Fringe the 13th hour”. In 2012, she was honored by being awarded a META for Outstanding Supporting Performance for her portrayal of Jeanne, in Centaur Theatre’s acclaimed production of Good People. In 2015, she was again nominated for her work in Triplex Nervosa, also at Centaur Theatre. In 2017, she was nominated for Outstanding Leading Actress for her work in Chlorine (CreatureCreature). For the big screen, Cat has appeared in Jean-Claude Lauzon’s masterpiece Léolo, Oscar et la Dame Rose (Eric Emmanuel Schmidt), White House Down (Roland Emmerick), The Walk  (Robert Zimmeckis). For television, Cat has played memorable recurring roles in SyFy’s Helix (Season 1&2) and Radio Canada’s critically acclaimed series Série Noire (Season 1&2).