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Joël Pommerat

Theater Director
(Updated on 11/04/2012)

Joël Pommerat, an inescapable fixture of the French stage, has written and directed two dozen plays. "A brilliant artist," who, "with his Compagnie Louis Brouillard, creates these beautifully conceived productions, in which the words, the lights and the sound are all in dialog with each other to describe a state of the world and of being" (Le Monde), he founded his company in 1990, at the age of 27, and devoted himself exclusively to staging his own writing. For Cet enfant (This Child), he received the 2006 Critics‟ Prize for Best Work in the French Language from the Critics‟ Syndicate. National recognition came in the same year with his first production at the Avignon Festival, Les Marchands (The Merchants), which won the Grand Prix for Dramatic Literature. In 2007, Peter Brook invited him to be artist-in-residence at his Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord in Paris, where he was ensconced for three years, creating his diptych Je tremble 1 et 2, and transforming the space into a theater-in-the-round for Cercles/Fictions, for which Cie Louis Brouillard won the 2010 Molière Award, the Parisian equivalent of the Tony, for Best Company. He was named Associate Artist at both the Odeon Theater of Europe in Paris and the National Theater of Belgium in Brussels in 2010, where he developed his most recent play, Ma chambre froide (My Cold Room), winner of the 2011 Molières for Best Living Francophone Author and Best Company, as well as the Critics‟ Grand Prix. He has also created hugely popular children‟s shows, adaptations of Le Petit Chaperon rouge (Little Red Riding Hood, 2006), Pinocchio (2010) and Cendrillon (Cinderella, 2011). Compagnie Louis Brouillard has tours in constant rotation across France and has played throughout Europe. Pommerat has also mounted translations of his plays in Moscow. La grande et fabuleuse histoire du commerce (The Big, Fabulous Story of Trade) will premiere this season, and Je tremble will soon be published in Yale University‟s Theater magazine.

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