For twenty-three years, the name of Claudia Stavisky has been associated with that of the Célestins theater in Lyon. “Thanks to her, Les Célestins have become more than a venue for performing shows, a veritable house of creation,” underlines Nathalie Perrin-Gilbert, Culture Assistant.
Alternating creations by contemporary authors and works from the repertoire, Claudia Stavisky will have programmed 24 seasons of the Lyon theater.
Born in Buenos Aires, Claudia Stavisky arrived in France in 1974, at the age of 22, to enter the National Conservatory of Dramatic Art in the class of Antoine Vitez.
First female artist appointed head of a major institution
For almost fifty years, she has been an actress (notably with Jérôme Savary or Peter Brook), director (at the theater and at the opera) before taking over the management of the Célestins, in 2000, the first female artist appointed to head of a major French cultural institution.
As Claudia Stavisky’s retirement is scheduled for July 2023, the mayor of Lyon and his deputy for Culture have chosen to entrust the management of the establishment to Pierre-Yves Lenoir, co-director since March 2019. He was previously the he was one of the founders of the Théâtre du Rond-Point alongside Jean-Michel Ribes, then the administrator of the Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe with successively Olivier Py, Luc Bondy and Stéphane Braunschweig.
From next season, six associate artists (three women and three men) will be invited to support a “demanding, popular and committed” theater.
The town hall of Lyon explains that it wants “a theater that welcomes the greatest diversity of spectators, to live and share unique experiences; a theater that will invite artists to create also outside the walls, in situ, with and for priority audiences throughout the Metropolis of Lyon, thus allowing as many people as possible to emancipate themselves through experience and artistic practice”.