Richard Brunel trained an actor at the Dramatic Arts Academy attached to the Comédie de Saint-Étienne theatre and co-founded the theatre company la Compagnie Anonyme. In 2010, he becomes the head of La Comédie de Valence, a nationally recognised centre for performing arts in the South East of France. As a director, his theatre projects have alternated productions of Antonin Artaud, Mikhaïl Boulgakov, Bertolt Brecht, Gilles Deleuze, Georges Feydeau, Jean Genet, Peter Handke, Henrik Ibsen, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Oliver Sacks, Pauline Sales… He has also staged operas by Kurt Weill, Franz Joseph Haydn, Philip Glass, Benjamin Britten, Gaetano Donizetti, Marco Stroppa, Viktor Ullmann. Lately, he directed Les Criminels by Ferdinand Bruckner (2011), Avant que j’oublie by Vanessa Van Durme (2013), Roberto Zucco by Bernard-Marie Koltès (2015). In 2016, he also directed two new operas, Le Trouvère by Verdi and Béatrice et Bénédict by Berlioz. In 2015 he adapted on stage Edouard Louis’ world-famous novel, En finir avec Eddy Bellegueule (The End of Eddy).
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