Franck Riester, Minister of Culture, in full agreement with Nicolas Daragon, Mayor of Valencia, President of the Valencia-Romans agglomeration community, Laurent Wauquiez, President of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Regional Council, Marie-Pierre Mouton, President of the Departmental Council of the Drôme, and Laurent Ughetto, President of the Departmental Council of the Ardèche, gave his approval to the proposal to appoint Marc Lainé as director of the Comédie de Valence, the Drôme-Ardèche national drama centre.

Born in 1976, Marc Lainé is a graduate of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, a set designer, author of some fifty works for theatre and opera, author and director, director of the company The Dark Shoplocated in Normandy. Its shows include: Spleenorama, Vanishing Point, Hunter or Build a fire, an adaptation of Jack London’s novel, have been presented on the largest French stages – at the TNS, the Théâtre national de Chaillot or the Comédie française. They intertwine intimately with theatre, music and cinema, in a resolutely transdisciplinary artistic approach.

This complete artist proposes to make the Comedy of Valencia a major place for transdisciplinary artistic creation, at the crossroads of theatre and other disciplines. For this, it will rely on a collective of artists from complementary horizons and aesthetics, directors (Cyril Teste, Silvia Costa, Lorraine de Sagazan, Tünde Deak), authors (Alice Zeniter, Penda Diouf), but also musicians, dancers and filmmakers (Bertrand Belin, Stephan Zimmerli, Eric Minh Cuong Castaing, Alice Diop), closely associated with theatre life. An artistic incubator, research space dedicated to transdisciplinarity (animated by Cyril Teste) and writing residencies are among the exciting ideas of this project, which intimately mixes artistic requirement and sincere attention to all audiences of the territory.

This strong attention thus passes through the renewal of the device, central for the Comedy of Valencia, of the Travelling Comedy, which will rely on original partnerships with the cultural actors of the departments of the Drôme and Ardèche, and through participatory creative projects, in situ, with the inhabitants of the territory. For the curious and informed public of the Valencia Comedy, the program will be rich and diverse, open to the arts of movement with focus » on a major choreographer of contemporary dance. The seasons will thus be marked by the new transdisciplinary vocation of the CDN, without neglecting the repertoire.

Marc Lainé will take up his duties on 1er January 2020, succeeding Richard Brunel.


Franck Riester salutes the excellence of the work of Richard Brunel at the head of the CDN of Valencia in an ambitious project of sharing, discovery with all. His commitment and that of his team have made it possible to promote drama as close as possible to our fellow citizens.”