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MURIELLE MAYETTE-HOLTZ, THEATRE DIRECTOR

MURIELLE MAYETTE-HOLTZ, THEATRE DIRECTOR

The Ministère de la Culture appointed Muriel Mayette Holtz Nice National Theatre director, last September. Covered in glory, she landed at the TNN like a ball of energy. A famed actress and stage director, she has the unlikely profile of a woman driven by passion as well as reason. She is determined to conquer Nice, its inhabitants and so much more.
Muriel was born in Paris and her calling was an early one. Her grandfather’s magic shop may  have played a part and helped fill her with wonder and shape her childlike innocence, which she has kept to this day. She secretly trained for acting (attended acting lessons); she passed competitive exams and finally entered “le Conservatoire National d’Art Dramatique de Paris” (Paris National Drama school). A brilliant  and  charismatic  actress, she soon joined the “Comédie Française” as a pensionnaire before she was 20! She played role after role in a repertoire that goes from “Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme” to “Antigone”.
In1996, she became a teacher at the National Drama School. A well-known producer, she staged Federico Garcia Lorca, Shakespeare and Racine among others…
Later, she was the first woman to be appointed Executive Director of La Comédie Française. Although she generated the highest scores in attendance levels ever at the “Comédie”, her nomination was disputed. In 2015, she was chose to hold the illustrious post of Director of the Villa Medicis and left France for Rome, Italy.
Muriel Mayette Holtz upsets as much as she captivates; her assumption of duties aroused controversy. A petition even circulated. However, Muriel has a strong personality and convictions. She doesn’t let people walk all over her. So, she remained focused on her duties in which she committed herself with passion and expertise. Her mission was accomplished with flying colours. The Villa Medicis showed a significant increase of 30% …
Recognised and admired by her peers, she received several awards and prizes, Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur, Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite, Officier des Arts et Lettres and Prix de la Femme de l’Art in 2013. A successful experienced professional, Muriel Meyette fell in love and married Gérard Holtz, a famed journalist and TV presenter,  in April 2013.
Her appointment to the post of TNN  Director  came as the crowning of her rich career and she contemplated it with enthusiasm. She took office last November.
Muriel Mayette Holtz has proved she is an actress and a producer as well, a total artist and a competent manager too. An accomplished woman, she has known the murderous accidents of life and the small and great moments  of  fulfilment and bliss, which has wounded her, modelled her and put her on the road to the TNN. An adventure we are looking forward to sharing with her. This season, though, we won’t be able to perceive all her talents.
Indeed, a transitory team prepared the season program but we can be assured that Muriel Mayette Holtz will be an attentive observer and director. Her confirmed talent in acting, staging and managing “grandes maisons” will see to it. All the theatre lovers in Nice are waiting with keen interest for the orientation she will give the TNN.

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