Françoise Nyssen, Minister of Culture, in full agreement with Arnaud Robinet, Mayor of Reims, and Jean Rottner, President of the Regional Council of the Great East, agreed to the proposal to appoint Chloé Dabert to the management of the Comédie de Reims, national drama centre.


Chloé Dabert is an actress and director, trained at the Conservatoire national supérieur d'art dramatique in Paris. She regularly works from contemporary writings such as those of Dennis Kelly, Christophe Honoré, Roland Dubillard or Lola Lafon. In January 2018, she directed Jean-Luc Lagarce’s Comédie-Française «J'étais dans ma maison et j'attendent que la pluie vienne». In July 2018, she will create Iphigénie by Jean Racine during the 72e edition of the Festival d'Avignon.


Making the Comédie de Reims a home for artists and audiences, open and shared, a meeting place, where we cultivate transversality and transmission, such is her ambition that she will carry with Sébastien Eveno, artist associated with the direction project. It thus proposes to make this theatre a major pole for theatrical creation, a place where experimentation, research, are made possible, for emerging artists or more confirmed, of the region and elsewhere. In this house of artists, she will continue her work on the rhythm of writing by working on texts by Pier Paolo Pasolini and Jon Fosse, surrounded by a transversal artistic collective, associating notably the collective of Approximate Men directed by Caroline Guiela Nguyen, as well as Christophe Honoré.


Chloé Dabert will revitalize the links between the Comédie de Reims, a former house of culture, and the Reims and Grand Est audiences. Thus, the city of Reims and its neighbourhoods will be the breeding ground for the creations of several artists of the collective. Addressing youth is at the heart of his project, which includes numerous proposals for school audiences of all ages. As part of the «Reims Scène d'Europe» festival, she wants to develop the presence of foreign artists in the city. It will initiate a new highlight, the «Digital Spring», questioning the links between new technologies, art and performing arts.


The 1er In January 2019, she will take over from Ludovic Lagarde, whose Minister, the Mayor and the President of the Region would like to salute the exemplary action carried out at the head of the Comédie de Reims, and who, meanwhile, will continue his artistic career in company.