Muriel Mayette-Holtz appointed director of the National Theater of Nice

The former director of the Villa Medici in Rome will head the National Drama Centre in Nice in November 2019.

Muriel Mayette-Holtz, who had not been renewed in 2018 at the head of the Medici villa in Rome, was appointed to the direction of the National Theatre of Nice, announced Friday the Ministry of Culture.“She will take over the management of the Théâtre National de Nice on 1 November 2019 and will succeed Irina Brook, who is choosing to continue her activities with her,” according to a statement. Irina Brook started her company in 2008 and had been running the TNN since 2014.

“Own identity”
Muriel Mayette-Holtz “wishes to give the national drama centre its own identity by developing strong links with the theatres of “Europe of the Mediterranean” (Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece)”, according to a statement from the Ministry. A former administrator of the Comédie-Française, she was appointed in 2015 to the Villa Médicis but her term was not renewed in September 2018. She then criticized the government’s “contempt for the work done” and defended its record.

The first woman to direct the Comédie-Française, she was also the first woman to head the prestigious Académie de France.She had been appointed in Rome by former minister Fleur Pellerin, in controversy, despite an open letter from some forty artists who accused her of not knowing “any of the artistic and intellectual fields represented at the Villa”. From the moment she arrived, this actress had chosen to open the premises more, to the applicants as well as to the public.