Artistic Director

Juliet O'BRIEN

Juliet OBrien was born in New Zealand. In France she studied at the Jacques Le Coq International School of Theatre and received a French scholarship to study at the Louis Lumière National School of Cinema.

In 2008 she wrote and directed the play « The Letter Writer ». The play was co-produced by Le Théâtre Romain Rolland, Le Théâtre de Cachan and Le Théâtre de la Jacquerie. The project was funded by: the Ministry of Culture (DRAC); The Val de Marne City Council and the ADAMI (authors fund). In 2007, she was selected to receive funding in the context of ”Le Compagnonnage dans les compagnies conventionnées.” with Le Théâtre de la Jacquerie.

Her company was in residence at Le Théâtre Romain Rolland – Villejuif for 3 years.

« The Letter Writer » was performed in 2009 at Le Théâtre de Corbeille Essonne, Le Théâtre Romain Rolland and at Le Théâtre 13 in Paris. The project was supported by the Paris City Council and received funding from The France/New Zealand Friendship fund and the French Embassy of New Zealand for its performance in The New Zealand International Festival of the Arts at Circa Theatre in March 2010. The play has a tour in 2011 in France and has been published by Editions Les Cygnes.

In 2008 she wrote and directed, « Women from here and afar » and « I grew up here… » for Compagnie Kokoya. These plays were funded by The Ile de France Citizens’ projects and Acsé Ile de France region. They toured during the International week of solidarity (CIMAD) and at the Festival – Migrant’scène.

In 2006, she wrote, “Monstres Chez Vous” for the Théâtre Romain Rolland. In 2005 she was Director in residence at La Comédie de Picardie in Amiens where she directed « Divine Words » by Ramon del Valle Inclan, co-produced by La Comédie de Picardie and Le Théâtre Romain Rolland. In 2004, she directed "La vie est belle pour les ressuscités" (Andreïev) which toured in Picardie. She was Alain Mollot’s assistant on "The Portrait of Dorian Gray" and on "By the Sweat of My Brow" which she co-wrote with him.

In New Zealand, Juliet O'Brien produced two plays with the support of Creative New Zealand and the British Council. She toured with In Transit in Switzerland, Australia and New Zealand.

She has taught at the Charleville-Mézières International School of Marionettes and at The Rosny-sous-bois National School of Circus. She has been a theatre teacher for 10 years at Le Théâtre Romain Rolland and is invited on a regular basis to give workshops by The National Theatre of Sénart.

 

The Company

Plateforme Théâtre was founded to tell stories pertinent to today’s
public through theatre which is both accessible and challenging.
By drawing on historical styles and references, the company seeks
to create theatre wherein the visual element, (body, gesture,
movement and the theatrical space) is as important as the text.

Whether working with classical or contemporary texts, Plateforme
Théâtre upholds the tradition of open and accessible theatre:
theatre which provokes and enchants, which moves and questions
the world in which we live.

One of the company’s priorities is to work closely with people
for whom theatre is unfamiliar – in the form of workshops,
performances and discussions.