On the proposal of Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, Minister of Culture, the President of the Republic appointed Stéphane Braunschweig for a new term as director of the National Theatre of the Odeon.

Since 2016, Stéphane Braunschweig, theatre and opera director and stage designer, has been carrying out an ambitious artistic project for the creation, production and hosting of national, European and international shows, in accordance with the missions of the Odeon theatre, theatre of Europe.

He was keen to introduce the Odeon public to a new generation of artists, both French and foreign, while accompanying with great fidelity the four artists he chose to associate for the five years of his first term: Sylvain Creuzevault, Caroline Guiela Nguyen, Christiane Jatahy and Simon Stone, replaced by the young British author and director Alexander Zeldin for the next three years.

The Minister wishes to salute her action in favor of gender equality: two of the four associate artists are women, and the presence of women autrices and directors has been strongly affirmed since her arrival at the Odeon. Its attention to promoting diversity on the stages must also be emphasized, as well as its consideration of the issues of sustainable development, so crucial today.

Its desire to make the theatre accessible to audiences who are far from it, be they school audiences in priority areas, people in precarious situations, in prison, or people with disabilities, is fully in line with the broad directions sought by the Minister. Concerned about the influence of a national theatre on the territory and internationally, Stéphane Braunschweig has also developed the tours of the shows created at the Odeon.

Finally, the Odeon theatre, tried like any other cultural venue during the Covid crisis, has adapted and maintained a link with the public through new digital content and a dedicated page, “theatre and sofa”.

The Minister welcomes this new mandate, which will allow its director to continue his artistic project, serving the public and theatrical creation.