Muriel Mayette-Holtz, who had not been renewed in 2018 at the head of the villa Medici in Rome, has been appointed to the directorate of the national Theatre of Nice, announced Friday the ministry of Culture. “It will take the direction of the Théâtre national of Nice on November 1, 2019, and will be succeeded by Irina Brook, who made the choice to continue its activities in the company,” according to a press release. Irina Brook has established her company in 2008 and she led the BWT for 2014.

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Muriel Mayette-Holtz “wants to give an identity of its own at the centre dramatique national, by developing strong links with the theatres of “the Europe of the Mediterranean (Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece),” according to a press release from the department. Former director of the Comédie-Française, she had been appointed in 2015 to the Villa Medici in rome, but its mandate had not been renewed in September 2018. She had then blasted the “contempt for the work done” by the government and defended its balance sheet.

the First woman to have directed the Comédie-Française, Muriel Mayette-Holtz was also the first woman to head the prestigious Academy in France. She had been called to Rome by the ex-minister Fleur Pellerin, in the controversy, despite an open letter from forty artists who were accusing her of not knowing “any of the domains of art and intellectuals represented at the Villa”. Upon his arrival, the actress was chosen to open up more places, to applicants as to the public.

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Muriel Mayette-Holtz has been installed at the Academy of fine arts in may to the chair of Maurice Béjart in the presence of his relatives and friends Hughes, Gall, Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres, Maryvonne Pinault, Claire Chazal and Philippe Sereys de Rothschild.

Off-Muriel Mayette-Holtz, the estate of Irina Brook was briguée by Zabou Breitman, Jean Boillot (patron of the Centre dramatique de Thionville) and Frédéric Bélier-Garcia, director of the Quai in Angers. Michel Boujenah, supported by the former director Daniel Benoin has also conducted a large media campaign to retake the theatre. In vain.