La Comédie de Saint-Étienne, National Drama Centre, is a theatre institution moved solely by creative energy and which puts on nationally and internationally renowned shows. Created by Jean Dasté nearly 70 years ago, La Comédie was one of the pioneers of French theater decentralization.
Arnaud Meunier has been running it since January 2011 and has been developing a project in which creation and transmission are intimately woven together. By his sides, associated artists in 2016: Julie Deliquet (In Vitro Collectif) and Pierre Maillet (Les Lucioles) will join Matthieu Cruciani (The Party). An artistic group composed of writers, directors and comedians works to propose a theater for today and tomorrow. They all share the same idea of a seeking theater, enjoyable and inviting.
Its programming is deliberately open to nationally and internationally recognized teams, with great directors and famous comedians performing next to emerging companies. La Comédie is also open to everyone, with new proposals for younger audiences and families. Thanks to its three facilities,The Jean Dasté Theatre (700 seats), l'Usine (120 seats) and the René Lesage Theatre (49 seats), La Comédie is also developing a touring theater policy in rural areas and various Saint Etienne neighbourhoods.
La Comédie is also one of 12 Superior Drama Schools which train tomorrow's artists in an entirely refurbished National Drama Centre, composed of three creation sets and two studios : a 3-year training programme in a 10-student promotion with quality professional artists (acting, singing, body and critical studies workshops), commissions made for our students to living writers, international projects, a partnership with the Lyon Ciné-Fabrique and a 3-year integration into working life through a proven programme (DIESE).
In 2017, La Comédie and its school will move to the creative neighbourhood of Manufacture-Plaine-Achille