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Michel Didym

Artistic director of the Centre Dramatique National CDN – Théâtre de la Manufacture Nancy since 2010, he grew up at the time of the World Theatre Festival, during which he made numerous cinematographic, musical and theatre experiences. Michel studied art at the dramatic school of the Théâtre National in Strasbourg, and landed the role of Heracles in Heracles V by Heiner Müller at the Theatre Festival of Avignon.  Many more roles at major French theatre stages followed in working with Alain Françon at the Cour d’honneur of the Palais des Papes in Avignon or the Théâtre de l’Odeon in Paris, or André Engel and Georges Lavaudant at the TNP of Villeurbanne, Jorge Lavelli at the National Theatre de la Colline. He also made various appearances in film. For his work as actor he was awarded in 1989 the prestigious Villa Médicis price.

Intrigued by a more dramaturgical approach to his work, he turned to the directing side and became the artistic collaborator of Alain Françon for seven years. As a consequence of this experience he founded in 2001 his theatre company Boomerang in Nancy, and hence in Metz, where he initiated the construction of the Théâtre du Saulcy – Espace Bernard-Marie Koltès. In 1994 he created at the Abbey of Prémontrés in Pont-à-Mousson the theatre festival ‘La Mousson d’été – International encounters of contemporary writing’, of which he is still the artistic director. At the publishing house Solitaires Intempestifs he is the editor of the imprint of the ‘La Mousson d’été’.

Since his arrival at the CDN – Théâtre de la Manufacture in Nancy, he established new festivals dedicated to promote contemporary writing and new forms in theatre such as ‘RING – International encounter of a new generation’ and ‘Neue Stücke’ in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut to introduce German dramatic texts to French audiences. In addition, he continues his work as director both for theatre, but also the opera and toured not just France, but across the world, initiating numerous international large-scale collaboration projects.