Arnaud Meunier


Stage director (born in 1973 in Bordeaux, France)

In January 2011, Arnaud Meunier became the Director of the Comédie de Saint-Étienne - a National Center for Dramatic Art - and of its Advanced School of Dramatic Art. There, he developed a new project in which creation and transmission of knowledge are intrinsically linked. The dialogue between different aesthetics and generations, the renewing of theatrical styles, the discovery of new authors, the daily presence of artists, the will to open and share Theatre with the largest and most varied of populations, are the key themes of the project he is currently implementing. After gaining a degree in political science, he began training to become an actor and, in 1997, founded the Compagnie de la Mauvaise Graine. This gained rapid acclaim from the press and professionals at the 1998 Avignon festival, and his company was then offered a permanent residency at the Blanc-Mesnil Forum in Seine-Saint-Denis gaining the support of Théâtre Gérard Philipe (directed by Stanislas Nordey).

The company then goes on to develop its creative work on contemporary authors and will subsequently be a resident at the Maison de la Culture of Amiens, associated with the Comédie de Reims and the Théâtre de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines. Faithful to his commitment to living authors, Arnaud Meunier perpetuates a companionship with the authors he most cherishes ; producing plays by Pier Paolo Pasolini, Michel Vinaver, Oriza Hirata and Eddy Pallaro. In parallel, he also works in Opera as a stage director or associated director. Fluent in three languages (French, German and English), he has, over the past ten years, worked in Japan, the Netherlands, Germany, Algeria, Italy, Austria, England, Qatar, Norway and Morocco.




Je crois en un seul dieu by Stefano Massini
Creation at the Comédie de Saint-Étienne


Truckstop de Lot Vekemans
Creation at the Festival d’Avignon 2016


Le retour au désert by Bernard-Marie Koltès
Creation at the Comédie de Saint-Étienne


L’Émission de télévision by Michel Vinaver / Shangai Theatre Academy (Chine)  

Femme non rééducable by Stefano Massini
Creation at the Théâtre de la Commune à Aubervilliers followed by a tour


Chapitres de la chute by Stefano Massini
Creation at the Comédie de Saint-Étienne followed by a tour


11 septembre 2001 by Michel Vinaver
Show pre-premièred at the Comédie de Saint-Étienne – NCDA – and created at the Théâtre de la Ville - Paris

Le Problème by François Bégaudeau
Creation at the Théâtre du Nord in Lille
Coproduction Théâtre du Rond Point and Théâtre de Marigny


Tori no tobu takasa
Japanese adaptation by Oriza Hirata of Par-dessus bord by Michel Vinaver
Creation at the Kyoto Arts Center (Japan)
Tour in 2010 at the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris


King by Michel Vinaver
Creation at the Théâtre de Saint Quentin en Yvelines
Reprise at the Théâtre de la Commune – NCDA – in Aubervilliers


En quête de bonheur
Poetical and philosophical oratorio
Creation at the Comédie de Reims followed by a tour
Reprise at the Maison de la poésie – Paris 2008


Gens de Séoul by Oriza Hirata
Creation at the Théâtre National de Chaillot followed by a tour

La Demande d’emploi by Michel Vinaver,
Creation at the Théâtre de Saint Quentin en Yvelines
Reprise at the Théâtre de la Commune – NCDA in Aubervilliers

Avec les armes de la poésie
based on poems by Pier Paolo Pasolini, Nâzim Hikmet and Yannis Ritsos. Maison de la Poésie - Paris

From 2001 to 2005

He also staged several plays by Pier Paolo Pasolini(Pylade and Affabulazione), by Eddy Pallaro (Cent Vingt-trois and Hany Ramzy), La vie est un rêve by Pedro Calderón de la Barca, El Ajouad (Les Généreux) by Abdelkader Alloula



Ali Baba
Charles Lecocq – Albert Vanloo et William Busnach – direction Jean-Pierre Haeck


L’Enfant et les Sortilèges
Maurice Ravel – Colette, Direction : Didier Puntos
Creation at Festival d’Art lyrique of Aix-en-Provence


Georg Friedrich Haas – Emilio Pomarico
Associated director and project director for Stanislas Nordey
World première at Opéra Garnier


Pelleas et Mélisande
Claude Debussy – Simon Ratlle
Associated stage director
Creation at Festival de Pâques in Salzbourg (April 2006)
Reprise in Covent Garden (London May 2007)


Le Cyclope
Opera for comedians by Betsy Jolas adapted from Euripide
Le Forum in Blanc Mesnil


Zeim re dei Geni

Opera-Theatre by Carlo Argeliperformed at the « 28th Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte of Montepulciano » (Italy)


Tri Sestri
Peter Eötvos – Ingo Metzmacher
Assistant director to Stanislas Nordey
Creation at the Reisnational Opera (Netherlands 1999)
Singlehandedly directs the new version with a modified cast for the Staatsoper of Hamburg (Germany 2000)




Photo Arnaud Meunier : Jean-Louis Fernandez