After consulting the Board of Directors and the President of the Grand Établissement Paris Sciences et Lettres, Rima Abdul Malak, Minister of Culture, has decided to appoint Sandy Ouvrier as director of the Conservatoire national supérieur d'art dramatique – Paris Sciences et Lettres (CNSAD-PSL). Sandy Ouvrier will take up her duties on July 1, 2023.
A former student of the Conservatoire, actress and director, Sandy Ouvrier has notably co-directed the comedian collective DRAO and has taught performance for 15 years at CNSAD-PSL.
His extensive teaching experience, his detailed knowledge of the Conservatory’s issues, and his recognized expertise in supporting new generations of actresses and actors, will be valuable assets for deploying an ambitious project for this new chapter in the history of CNSAD-PSL.
Passionate about pedagogy and dialogue with youth, strengthened by the experience acquired since 2008 within the Conservatoire, Sandy Ouvrier will first consolidate the advances allowed in recent years, especially in the structuring of training, taking into account the issues of parity and diversity, or consistency between the three cycles of teaching.
Convinced of the strength of theatre as a “place from which we look at the world”, it has an open and unifying project, focused on several priorities: the ecological transition, that it intends to place at the heart of the teachings to invent new stories and implement through concrete commitments (eco-design and recycling), the even wider opening of the repertoire (by shedding more light, for example, on the texts of the forgotten authors of the Ancien Régime until the beginning of the 21st century), a lively and multidisciplinary pedagogical policy linked to the artistic fields that constantly irrigate the theatre today (cinema, dance, music, etc.), and the development of multilingualism, especially in English. It will also have to implement the real estate choices related to the Conservatory.
Sandy Ouvrier will work to strengthen the place of establishment-component within the Grand Etablissement PSL and its links with its research organizations, and to intensify the collaborations with a large network of cultural and educational partners in Ile de France, in other regions and internationally.
The Minister of Culture wishes to commend the record of Claire Lasne-Darcueil, who has put all her energy and commitment at the service of the Conservatory throughout the last ten years. She has developed the school in depth, strengthening its artistic openness, developing a policy of social and geographical diversification of students and improving their professional integration. The CNSAD-PSL is now fully recognized as an institution of excellence and innovation, rooted in society and ready to face the challenges ahead.