Arthur Nauzyciel is a director and actor. He directed the National Dramatic Center of Orléans from 2007 to 2016 and has been director of the Théâtre National de Bretagne since 2017.
After studying visual arts and cinema, he entered the Théâtre National de Chaillot School directed by Antoine Vitez in 1987. Initially an actor under the direction of Jean-Marie Villégier, Alain Françon, Éric Vigner, or Tsai Ming Liang, he created his first stage productions, Le Malade imaginaire or Le Silence de Molière after Molière and Giovanni Macchia (1999) and Oh Les Beaux Jours by Samuel Beckett (2003).
Next, in France: Place des Héros, which marks Thomas Bernhard's inclusion in the repertoire at the Comédie-Française(2004); Ordet (The Word) by Kaj Munk translated and adapted by Marie Darrieussecq at the Festival d'Avignon (2008); Jan Karski (My name is a fiction) based on the novel by Yannick Haenel at the Festival d'Avignon (2011, Georges-Lerminier prize of the Syndicat de la critique); Faim by Knut Hamsun (2011); Chekhov's The Seagull in the cour d'honneur at the Avignon Festival (2012) ; Kaddish by Allen Ginsberg with the complicity of Étienne Daho (2013). In 2015, he created Splendid's by Jean Genet, with American American actors and the voice of Jeanne Moreau, recreated on Zoom, live streamed during the Festival Fantôme 2020, an online edition of the cancelled TNB Festival.
He works regularly in the United States, and creates in Atlanta 2 plays by Bernard-Marie Koltès : Black Battles with Dogs (2001) and Roberto Zucco (2004), and in Boston, for A.R.T., Abigail's Party by Mike Leigh (2007) and Julius Caesar by Shakespeare (2008). Abroad, he creates shows that are then performed in France or in international festivals. In Dublin, The Image by Samuel Beckett (2006) with Damien Jalet and Anne Brochet, Lou Doillon and Julie Moulier; at the National Theatre of Iceland, The Museum of the Sea by Marie Darrieussecq (2009); at the National Theatre of Norway, Abigail's Party by Mike Leigh (2012); at the Mini teater in Ljubljana, Slovenia, The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant by Rainer Werner Fassbinder (2015) ; at the National Theater Company of Korea (NTCK), The Empire of Lights by Kim Young-ha (2016), presented at the TNB in 2017 and revived this season in spring 2022.
He also works for dance and opera: he directed Red Waters (2011), opera by Lady & Bird (Keren Ann Zeidel and Barði Jóhannsson) which he recreates this season at the Rennes Opera House, he directed A Florentine Tragedy (2018) by Alexander Zemlinsky at the Abbaye de Royaumont and Le Papillon Noir (2018), an opera composed by Yann Robin and Yannick Haenel and also presented this season at the TNB. Alongside Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, he participated in the creation of Play (2010) with the dancer Shantala Shivalingappa and Session with the choreographer Colin Dunne (in residence at the TNB in 2019).
He regularly collaborates with other artists: Miroslaw Balka, Colin Dunne, Matt Elliott, Christian Fennesz, Damien Jalet, Valérie Mréjen, Pierre-Alain Giraud, José Lévy, Gaspard Yurkievich, Erna Ómarsdóttir, the Organum Ensemble, Sjón, Albin de la Simone. In 2018, he performed for Boris Charmatz in La Ruée, created at the 2018 TNB Festival. In 2018, he created in residence at the TNB: La Dame aux camélias after Alexandre Dumas fils. Also an actor, he is directed by Pascal Rambert for 2 texts: De mes propres mains (2015) and L'Art du théâtre (2017), presented at the TNB in 2019. This collaboration continues with Architecture, created at the Avignon Festival and presented at the TNB in 2019; Love's End, a Korean version of Pascal Rambert's Clôture de l'amour, which Arthur Nauzyciel will create in Seoul in 2019 with the main actors of The Empire of Lights; and finally Mes frères, which he directs and and performs at the 2021 TNB Festival.
In the cinema, he turns in Rodin by Jacques Doillon (2017) and will soon be starring in of the series Irma Wep by Olivier Assayas.