Esther Duquette has been the artistic director of Théâtre la Seizième since 2016. A graduate of the Université du Québec à Montréal in journalism with a specialization in theatre and literature, she centres her practice on artistic counselling, directing, and dramaturgy. Her first play, Straight Jacket Winter, has been presented across Canada from 2016 to 2019. The recipient of the Prix Roland Mahé-Banque Nationale, Esther has also received three Jessie Richardson Theatre Award nominations for her work. She co-founded Vancouver-based company 2PAR4 in 2015, and has sat on the board of a number of artistic companies and associations since 2012. She currently lives in Vancouver.