Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, Minister of Culture, in full agreement with Gaël Perdriau, Mayor of Saint-Etienne and President of Saint-Etienne Métropole, Laurent Wauquiez, President of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region, Georges Ziegler, President of the Loire Department and Jean-JeanPierre Marcon, President of the Haute-Loire department, gave his approval to the proposal to appoint Benoît Lambert as director of the Comédie de Saint-Etienne, a national drama centre.

Born in 1971, Benoît Lambert was trained at the École Supérieure d'Art Dramatique by Pierre Debauche before founding the Théâtre de la Tentative company with comedian Emmanuel Vérité. Appointed to the management of the National Drama Center of Dijon-Burgundy in 2013, he has made this theatre a noted institution for its itinerant work in the Burgundy territory, and for the accompaniment of emerging artistic teams, with the Festival Théâtre in May.

Benoît Lambert wishes that the Comédie de Saint-Etienne be placed, during his mandate, under the umbrella of sharing: sharing with the artistic teams, in a concern for solidarity between the various actors of the profession and renewal of theatrical aesthetics, but also constant sharing with the public, so that the theatre takes its place in the construction of the social bond.  Finally shares in the transmission, since Benoît Lambert will also take the direction of the School of Comedy where he taught and was sponsor of the promotion 25.

Four artists, writers and directors, will put their work alongside her: Maëlle Poésy, Françoise Dô, Adeline Rosenstein and Céline Champinot. Benoît Lambert also intends to pay particular attention to youth but also to regional teams, from the most confirmed (Pierre Meunier and Maguy Marin) to emerging companies, for which he will create a specific buddy system. 

Benoît Lambert will take up his duties quickly, succeeding Arnaud Meunier, appointed at 1er January 2021 at the management of MC2 Grenoble. Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin salutes the latter’s action at the head of the Comédie de Saint-Etienne, which, under his mandate, has become an essential house of French creation.