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SEGAL TALKS: Theater Director and Scenographer Philippe Quesne

In its 17th week since end of March, the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center's global series, SEGAL TALKS,  will feature the theatre director and scenographer Philippe Quesne on:

Wednesday, July 22 at 12 p.m. (ET)

SEGAL TALKS brings together American and international theatre artists, curators, researchers, and academics for a one hour talk with Segal Center’s director, Frank Hentschker, about life and art in the time of COVID-19 and challenges, sorrows, and hopes for the new world.

Tune in on this edition of the SEGAL TALKS for an update on the situation of theater artists in France.

And to listen again to previous guests from France such as Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota, Daniely Francisque, Frédérique Ait-Touati, and from abroad, click here.

The ad-free SEGAL TALKS are in English and live-streamed on Howlround.com and on the Segal Center Facebook page and on Segal Center YouTube Chanel 

Send your questions during the live streaming at SegalTalks@gmail.com 


Born in 1970, Philippe Quesne was educated in fine arts at the École Estienne and then at the Arts décoratifs in Paris. For 10 years he worked as a director and stage designer for theatre and opera, and created various exhibitions. In 2003, he created the Vivarium Studio Company, and directed his first show, La Démangeaison des ailes, based on the acts of taking off and falling down (seen in New York in 2005 at PS122)

Philippe Quesne hunts the marvelous, the tiny, and pushes to the extreme experiences of our daily lives as well as the relationship between mankind and nature. As he did as a child, collecting insects, he now works and studies small communities under his microscope. The scenography is used as an ecosystem in which he immerses his actors.

His shows, such as La Démangeaison des ailes (2003), Des expériences (2004), D’après nature  (2006), L’Effet de Serge (2007), La Mélancolie des dragons (2008) - these two productions toured the United States --  Big Bang (2010), Swamp Club (2013), Next Day (2014), compose a repertory that tours all over the world. In addition to his work for the theater, he creates performances and interventions in public spaces or natural sites, and displays his installations in the context of exhibitions.

Since January 2014, he is the director of Nanterre-Amandiers, National Dramatic Center. In 2016, he created Caspar Western Friedrich at Kammerspiele in Munich and Welcome to Caveland! at Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels, and presented at NYU Skirball in September 2019. In 2018/2019, he created Crash Park, la vie d’une Île at TNB in Rennes, and in Nanterre-Amandiers and Farm fatale at Kammerspiele in Munich.

For the first time, he directed and created the set design of an opera, Usher adapted from Edgar Poe, music by Claude Debussy and Annelies Van Parys in 2018 at Staatsoper Unter den Linden. In 2019, he was the artistic director for the Prague Quadrennial where he was rewarded the prize for the best pavilion.

In 2020, he will create the set design for choreographer Meg Stuart’s new creation, Cascade and in 2021, a scenic version of Gustav Maher’s symphony Das Lied von der Erde at the Wiener Festochen (Austria) as well as a new show in Theater Basel.


Now in its 16th weekly, SEGAL TALKS, which was conceived, created and curated by Frank Hentschker, Segal Center’s director, in March 2020. New York, US, and international theatre artists, curators, researchers, and academics talk daily for one hour with  Frank Hentschker, about life and art in the time of the COVID-19  and speak about challenges, sorrows, and hopes for the world. The Segal Center is the only theatre institution in New York City and the United States creating original content.