Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, Minister of Culture, gave his approval to the proposal to appoint Olivier Letellier as director of the Tréteaux de France, a national touring drama centre.

Born in 1972, Olivier Letellier was trained at the École Internationale Jacques Lecoq before creating, in Champigny-sur-Marne, the company of the Théâtre du Phare and being associated artist at the Théâtre National de Chaillot, the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris, at the Grand T in Nantes, at the Filature – Scène nationale in Mulhouse and at the Théâtre de la Manufacture – Centre dramatique national in Nancy-Lorraine. In addition to his work as a director, he works as an educator in theatrical formations and with Circassian apprentices.

Known for his demanding shows directed at young audiences, Olivier Letellier intends to make the Tréteaux de France an instrument that is primarily aimed at youth, but which aims to reach a much wider audience, especially novice audiences, in their spectator experience. It thus defends a popular theatre that brings together because it concerns, questions and makes the whole of society dream. Caroline Girard, Catherine Verlaguet, Sacha Todorov, Simon Dusart and Pauline Van Lancker will form a committee of artists who will work alongside Olivier Letellier at the national touring drama centre. The Trestles of France will continue to be, more and more, a factory of imaginations where authors occupy a central place, offering everyone to read the world around them, to exchange ideas to better accept each other.

The roaming will be deployed everywhere, in places not dedicated to the show, in complementarity with the network of scenes now dense on the territory.

Olivier Letellier will take up his duties on 1 July 2022, succeeding Robin Renucci. Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin welcomes the remarkable action of the latter since 2011 at the head of the Trestles of France, whose identity he has renewed by intimately mixing creation, meeting audiences, transmission through artistic practice and popular education.