Olivier Py directed the Avignon Festival of 2013 at 2022. Theater and opera director, playwright, director but also actor and author, Olivier Py anchors his work at the heart of the concerns of his contemporaries in order to be able to open a dialogue with them., poetics and politics.
After studying at Lycée Fénelon, he entered ENSATT then 1987 at the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts. In 1988, his first play, Oranges and nails, is created by Didier Lafaye at the Essaïon theater. The same year, he founded his own company “The disadvantage of cuttings”. In 1995, it is revealed to the general public at the Festival d'Avignon In by a 24-hour piece, The Serving, before returning two years later to the courtyard of the Palais des Papes withThe Face of Orpheus. He will come back in 2005, for his showWinners.
He was appointed director of the National Dramatic Center of Orléans in 1997 and becomes in March 2007 Director of the National Odeon Theater. Hailed for its integral Satin Slipper by Claudel and his stagings at the opera, he was a laureate of the Beaumarchais Foundation, New Theater/SACD Talent Prize in 1996 and Young Theater Prize of the French Academy. He is also the author of “paradise of sadness” and of “The Parisians” who received the Transfuge award for Best French Novel 2016.
In 2020/2021, Olivier Py continues the tour of his Queen of Spades in Marseille. He performs on the stage of the Opéra National de Bordeaux as an actor in the comic opera V'lan dans l'oeil de Hervé where he plays La Marquise. Back to staging, he conducts the diptych composed of La Voix Humaine and the world premiere of Point d’Orgue by Thierry Escaich performed by Patricia Petibon, first at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées then at the Opéra de Dijon.