© Nicolas Fussler
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 2019 : Julie Deliquet (In Vitro Collectif), Pierre Maillet (Les Lucioles), Cécile Laloy (Cie ALS) 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 two facilities,The Jean Dasté Theatre (700 seats), la Stéphanoise (300 seats), La Comédie is also developing a touring theater policy in rural areas and various Saint Etienne neighbourhoods.
La Comédie is also one of 13 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 september 2017, La Comédie moved into the creative neighbourhood of Manufacture-Plaine-Achille.