Famous Theatre Directors from France

List of notable or famous theatre directors from France, with bios and photos, including the top theatre directors born in France and even some popular theatre directors who immigrated to France. If you're trying to find out the names of famous French theatre directors then this list is the perfect resource for you. These theatre directors are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known theatre director from France is included when available.

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This historic theatre directors from France list can help answer the questions "Who are some French theatre directors of note?" and "Who are the most famous theatre directors from France?" These prominent theatre directors of France may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected French theatre directors.

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  • Albert Carré
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    Albert Carré (born Strasbourg 22 June 1852, died Paris 12 December 1938) was a French theatre director, opera director, actor and librettist. He was the nephew of librettist Michel Carré (1821–1872) and cousin of cinema director Michel Carré (1865–1945). His wife was the French soprano Marguerite Carré (1880–1947). For over 50 years Albert Carré was a central personality in the theatrical and musical life of Paris.
    • Age: Dec. at 86 (1852-1938)
    • Birthplace: Strasbourg, France
  • Antoine Marie Joseph Artaud, better known as Antonin Artaud (French: [aʁto]; 4 September 1896 – 4 March 1948), was a French dramatist, poet, essayist, actor, and theatre director, widely recognized as one of the major figures of twentieth-century theatre and the European avant-garde. He is best known for conceptualizing a 'Theatre of Cruelty'.
    • Age: Dec. at 51 (1896-1948)
    • Birthplace: France, Marseille
  • Bruno Moynot (born 20 December 1950, Bois-Colombes, Hauts-de-Seine, France ) is a French actor and theatre director. Part of the famous French comedy group Le Splendid, he is best known for his roles in Patrice Leconte's Les Bronzés and its sequels, and as Zedko Preskovitch in Le Père Noël est une ordure. He is actually the owner of Le Splendid and the Théâtre de la Renaissance with Christian Spillemaecker.
    • Age: 72
    • Birthplace: France, Bois-Colombes
  • Camille du Locle
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    Camille du Locle (16 July 1832 – 9 October 1903) was a French theatre manager and a librettist. He was born in Orange, France. From 1862 he served as assistant to his father-in-law, Émile Perrin at the Paris Opéra, moving in 1870 to the Opéra-Comique (he was co-director (with Adolphe de Leuven) in the Opéra-Comique). He is best remembered for mounting the original production of Bizet's Carmen in 1875. His friendship with Ernest Reyer led to him providing libretti for Sigurd and Salammbô. Du Locle was responsible for completing the libretto of Don Carlos after the death of Joseph Méry. He also played a key role in the genesis of Aida in 1869-70. In 1876, a financial dispute arose with Verdi, and Du Locle moved to Capri. He lived in what is called today “Villa Certosella”.According to Charles Pigot, Du Locle inspired the subject, words and music of Bizet's Djamileh. He was a pall-bearer at Bizet's funeral and made a speech at his interment at Père Lachaise.Du Locle died in Capri.
    • Age: Dec. at 71 (1832-1903)
    • Birthplace: Orange, France
  • Christian Casadesus

    Christian Casadesus was an actor and theatre director.
    • Birthplace: Paris, France
  • Daniel Mesguich (born 15 July 1952) is a French actor and director in theater and opera, and professor of stage acting school.
    • Age: 71
    • Birthplace: Algiers, Algeria