It is his encounter with Antoine Vitez at the School of the Théâtre national de Chaillot that decides Arthur Nauzyciel to live in the world of theatre.
He becomes an actor and associate artist at the CDDB-Théâtre de Lorient and founds his company 41751/Arthur Nauzyciel to become a stage director.
His very first show was THE IMAGINARY INVALID OR THE SILENCE OF MOLIÈRE (1999).
In 2003, he stages HAPPY DAYS by Samuel Beckett with Marilù Marini. The performance was presented at the Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe in Paris and at the Theatre San Martin of Buenos Aires.
In 2004, he directed HELDENPLATZ, marking the introduction of Thomas Bernhard in the Comédie-Française repertory.
In 2008, he staged ORDET (THE WORD) by Kaj Munk at the Avignon festival. The performance has been reprised at the Théâtre du Rond-Point for the Autumn festival of Paris in 2009.
In July 2011 he created JAN KARSKI (MY NAME IS A FICTION) adapted from the novel by Yannick Haenel at the Avignon festival. In 2011 he staged HUNGER after Knut Hamsun by Xavier Gallais at the Théâtre de la Madeleine in Paris.
In July 2012 he created THE SEAGULL by Chekhov in the Cour d'honneur of the Popes' Palace at the Avignon Festival.
He has frequently worked in the United States since 2001, where he directed in Atlanta Bernard-Marie Koltès’ BLACK BATTLE WITH DOGS, reprised in Chicago in 2004, in the festivals of Avignon and Athens in 2006 and at the CDN in Orléans and then ROBERTO ZUCCO (2004).
In Boston, he directs at the American Repertory Theater Mike Leigh’s ABIGAIL’S PARTY (2007) and Shakespeare’s JULIUS CAESAR (2008). Presented for the first time in France in 2009 at the CDN in Orléans and in the Autumn festival of Paris, JULIUS CAESAR created with a cast of American actors and a jazz trio still tours abroad.
It is in Dublin that he directs in 2006 THE IMAGE by Samuel Beckett for the opening of the Beckett Centenary festival. Created with the choreographer Damien Jalet and the actress Anne Brochet then Lou Doillon, it has been presented in Reykjavik, New York, Paris, China and Japan.
Associate writer of the CDN, Marie Darrieussecq writes for him her first play, THE SEA MUSEUM that he directs at the National Theatre of Iceland in Reykjavik in 2009. He has been invited by Franco Quadri to direct a project with young European actors within L’Ecole des Maîtres: he chose A DOLL’S HOUSE by Ibsen at the fall 2009.
In april 2012 he directs ABIGAIL’S PARTY by Mike Leigh with the actors of the Norway National Theatre in Oslo.
He works also for dance and opera. In November 2011, he staged RED WATERS, the first opera composed by the duet Lady & Bird (Keren Ann Zeidel and Bardi Johannsson) and collaborated at the creation of PLAY, by choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and dancer Shantala Shivalingappa (2011).
For every creation, he gathers artists from different universes: Damien Jalet, Winter Family, Matt Elliott, Christian Fennesz, Miroslaw Balka, Sjon, Erna Omarsdottir, l’Ensemble Organum, Gaspard Yurkievich.
He was a Villa Medicis Hors-les-Murs scholar.
JAN KARSKI (MY NAME IS A FICTION) received the Georges-Lerminier prize (best creation outside Paris).
He is director of the Centre Dramatique National Orléans/Loiret/Centre since 2007.
© Frédéric Nauczyciel
> The Seagull(2012)
> Abigail's Party (2012)
> Red Waters (2011)
> Jan Karski (My name is a fiction) (2011)
> The sea museum (2009)
> Ordet (la parole) (2008)
> Julius Caesar (2008)
> The image (2006)
> Place des héros (2004)
> Oh les beaux jours (2003)
> Black Battles With Dogs (2001)
> Le Malade imaginaire ou le silence de Molière (1999)
PORTRAITS (PRESS SELECTION):
> Les Inrockuptibles, file "L'année 2011 vue par", double-page Arthur Nauzyciel
> Les Inrockuptibles, file on preparatory work for JAN KARSKI (MY NAME IS A FICTION)
> Le Monde, as part of the creation JAN KARSKI (MY NAME IS A FICTION)
> Le Monde, as part of the creation JULIUS CAESAR (2008)
> Le Monde, as part of the creation OH LES BEAUX JOURS (2003)