Serge Roy has been part of the Cirque du Soleil family since before the organization officially came into being in 1984.
Born into a musical family, Serge inherited a natural gift for music and show business. At age six, he went on stage to play drums with his saxophonist father. He touched on singing but chose to explore other avenues.
Serge studied theatre and played drums in a band, but when he found himself in the town of Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec he finally felt he had found a place where he belonged. At the local youth hostel, he met and befriended Gilles Ste-Croix and Guy Laliberté who were busy dreaming up with events and happenings that would lead a few years later to the creation of Cirque du Soleil.
He was the Stage Manager for the 1984 and 1985 show Le Cirque du Soleil and went on to work as North American Tour Manager for both Nouvelle Expérience and Saltimbanco. He then took up duties as the Artistic Coordinator of Dralion, Quidam, Mystère and Saltimbanco. In 2005, he was appointed Creation Director of KOOZA, directed by David Shiner, a partnership he is repeating with Banana Shpeel.
The position of Creation Director combines Serge Roy’s strengths and experience in inspiring others while satisfying his own creative drive. “The key to success as a Creation Director is bringing people together,” he says. “The Creation Director is the bridge between the dream of a guest director and the know-how that Cirque has accumulated over the years – and they each nourish the other. One of the essential ingredients for me is to have fun while establishing an atmosphere in which all the creators can flourish freely as individuals and work together as a close-knit team."
For Serge Roy, Banana Shpeel is a collage of disparate and astounding styles and disciplines. “With this show, we want to throw the public off balance a bit,” he says. “What is this fusion of vaudeville, clowning arts, tap, eccentric dance, hip hop, physical comedy and crazy magic? It’s not circus, or a musical or a variety show, or even vaudeville. It is Banana Shpeel!”
Serge Roy was born in Montréal, in 1957.