Franck Riester, Minister of Culture, after exchanges and in agreement with Laurent Russier, Mayor of Saint-Denis and Stéphane Troussel, President of the Departmental Council of Seine-Saint-Denis, gave its approval to the proposal to appoint Julie Deliquet as director of the Théâtre Gérard Philipe, Saint-Denis' national drama centre.


Trained at the Conservatoire de Montpellier, at the Studio Théâtre d'Asnières, at the École Internationale Jacques Lecoq and founder of the collective In Vitro that she has animated since 2009, Julie Deliquet defends with conviction the civic role of public theatre. Associated with the Théâtre Gérard Philipe since 2014, she has been able to forge deep ties with the public of this territory, in which she invested a lot and where she presented her work, made with the support of the Festival d'automne, the Comédie-Française, Odéon, and nearly 70 venues in France that co-produced or programmed his creations.


Relying on Leïla Anis, Lorraine de Sagazan and her collective In Vitro to create an artistic permanence in Saint-Denis, Julie Deliquet proposes to focus her direction at the Théâtre Gérard Philipe on transmission. Special attention will be given to young people who are far away from the arts and culture and who are dropping out of school. In addition, Julie Deliquet intends to make the Théâtre Gérard Philipe a reference for the identification of new talents.


Julie Deliquet intends to be part of a form of continuity and thus develop a project anchored in the territory of Saint-Denis and the Seine-Saint-Denis, territories that are experiencing multiple mutations. The new cultural dynamics linked to the Paris metropolis, the challenges linked to the place of youth, and the hosting of the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games are all challenges and opportunities that invite us to reinvent public cultural policies.


Julie Deliquet will take office quickly, succeeding Jean Bellorini, appointed director of the National Popular Theatre of Villeurbanne on 1er January 2020 after seven years as director of the Théâtre Gérard Philipe.


Franck Riester would like to thank Jean Bellorini for his work as director of the Théâtre Gérard Philipe. He carried out with determination a project focused on creation, transmission and artistic action work in the territory.


Finally, he is delighted with the arrival of Julie Deliquet in the network of national drama centres.