Swiss nationality – Born 08/15/1944
Actor, Stage Director
- 1966-1968: School Tania Balachova, Paris.
After 2 years of training, he started to perform in Paris, in 1968, under Tania Balachova’s direction in “La Matinée d’un homme de lettres”, by Chekhov (Theatre Mouffetard). He then went to Geneva, and performed in every theatre of the city from 1968 onward. He worked for directors such as Philippe Mentha at the Théâtre de Carouge and the Théâtre Kléber-Méleau (in Lausanne), Jorge Lavelliat at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, Dominique Catton at the Théâtre Am-Stram-Gram in Geneva, Claude Santelli at the Théâtre de Carouge, François Rochaix at the Théâtre de Carouge, François Simon at the Théâtre de Carouge, Matthias Langhoff at the Theater of Vidy-Lausanne, Claude Stratz at La Comédie de Genève, Claude Vuillemin at the Théâtre de l’Orangerie of Geneva, Frédéric Polier at the Théâtre de l’Orangerie and the Théâtre du Loup, Denis Maillefer and David Bauhofer at the Théâtre du Grütli and Théâtre de Poche, as well as many other directors.
He acted in many plays written by classical playwrights and authors (Aristophanes, Sophocles, Homer, Seneca, Goldoni, Chekhov, Shakespeare, Marivaux, and Sasha Guitry), as well as in plays written by more modern authors : Hugo Betti (“l’Ile des Chèvres” –The Island of goats–, Théâtre de poche, 1978), Dario Fo (“Mistero Buffo”, Geneva, 1987 and 1996), Enzo Cormann (“Palais Mascotte”, Geneva, 1988), Edward Albee (“Qui a peur de Virginia Woolf ?”–Who Is Afraid of Virginia Woolf–, Lausanne, 1993), R.W. Fassbinder (“Le Café” –The coffee shop–, Lausanne, 1992),David Holman (“Pas de problème” –No problem–, Lausanne, 1992), B.M. Koltès (“Le retour au Désert”, Lausanne, 1993), S. Beckett (“En attendant Godot” –Waiting for Godot–, Geneva, 1993 and 2002), David Mamet (“Oleanna”, Théâtre Funambule, Nyon, 1996 and Geneva, Nicosie, Sarajevo, 1997), David Wiliamson (“Sanctuaire” –Sanctuary–, Lausanne, 1998), Sergi Belbel (“Après la pluie” –After the rain–, Geneva, 1999), Guy Vassal (“Holà, Hé ! Sganarelle !”, Geneva 1999), Alan Ayckbourn (“Joyeux Noel” –Merry Christmas–, Geneva, 1999), Zsolt Pozsgai (“La nuit des chandelles” –The night of candles–, Geneva, 2005) and (“Liselotte et le mois de mai” –Liselotte and the month of May –, Festival d’Avignon and Geneva 2007), Olivier Chiacchiari (“La mère et l’enfant se portent bien” –The mother and the child are all right– Geneva, 2006), Gildas Bourdet (“L’inconvenant” –An Unseemly Character–, Geneva, 2008), Nâzim Hikmet (“D’exil en exil”–From Exil to Exil–, Geneva, 2009), A. P. Torriente (“Delirio habanero” Théâtre Alchimic, Geneva, 2012).
Stage director :
- “La Conférence des oiseaux”–The seminar of birds–, by Jean-Claude Carrière at l’Espace 600 (Grenoble 1985).
- “3 farces de Tchekhov” –3 Sisters–, Théâtre Funambule (Nyon) and Théâtre St Gervais (Geneva 1986).
- “Voyage de noces”–Wedding trip–, Théâtre de l’Usine (Geneva, 1995).
- “Oleanna” by David Mamet. Théâtre Funambule (Nyon 1996), followed by a tour in 1997 : Ferney-Voltaire, Geneva, Yverdon, Nicosie (Cyprus), Sarajevo (1st post war theater festival).
- “La farce de la cochonne” –A Naughty woman’s prank–, by Ariano Suassuna, Théâtre du Loup (Geneva 1998).
- “Les chinois”–The Chinese–, by Murray Schisgal, Théâtre Les Salons (Geneva 2000).
- “Le contrat”–The contract–, by Tonino Benacquista, Théâtre de l’Orangerie (Geneva 2002).
- “D’exil en exil” –From Exile to Exile–, by Nâzim Hikmet, Théâtre La Traverse (Geneva 2009).
- “J’y suis, j’y reste !” –I am here to stay–, by Raymond Vincy and Jean Valmy (Geneva 2010).
- “Joyeux Noël” –Merry Christmas–, by Alan Ayckbourne (Geneva 2011).
- “L’inconvenant” –An Unseemly character–, by Gildas Bourdet (Geneva 2013).
- “Arsenic & vieilles dentelles” –Arsenic and old lacy clothes–, by Joseph Kesselring (Geneva 2015).
- “Ciboulette” –Chive–, by Reynaldo Hahn (Th. Pitoëff, Geneva 1981).
- “La Vie Parisienne” –Parisian Life–, by J. Offenbach (Th. de Carouge, 1983)
- “Le Petit Ramoneur” –The little chimney sweeper–, by B. Britten, (Th. Am-Stram-Gram, Geneva 1983).
- “Kiss me Kate”, by Cole Porter (Th. Pitoëff, Geneva 1988).
- “Cabaret Bruant” –Bruant Cabaret–, based on Aristide Bruant’s songs as well as another cabaret show entitled “Le Baiser” –The Kiss–, (Lausanne, Geneva, Nyon, Neuchâtel, 2000).
- “Vers à chanter, vers enchantés”, and “Chants du Levant, chants du Couchant”, songs based on texts written by famous French-speaking poets and original compositions by Ayser Vançin (Théâtre de l’Orangerie, Geneva 2005).
- Since 2006, he appeared in several tours, performing with composer and co-star Ayser Vançin in Switzerland, France, Turkey and Morocco.
Winner of the French singing contest “CHANTEA” in 2005 in Marseille.
Theater manager and organizer :
- Organizer, manager and director of “la Ligue d’Improvisation Professionnelle Suisse (LIPS)” on a national level, from 1992 to 1995.
- Created “la Compagnie du Théâtre Ad Hoc” that he has been managing, running and operating since 1995. To this day, the company has produced 13 shows :
- VOYAGES DE NOCES (1995),
- OLEANNA by David Mamet (1996),
- DEUX DOIGTS DE VOYAGE (1997),
- LA FARCE DE LA COCHONNE by Ariano Suassuna (1998),
- LE BAISER (2000),
- LES CHINOIS by Murray Schisgal (2000),
- LE CONTRAT by Tonino Benacquista (2002),
- TOPAZE by M. Pagnol (2004),
- LA NUIT DES CHANDELLES by Zsolt Pozsgai (2005),
- LISELOTTE ET LE MOIS DE MAI by Zsolt Pozsgai (2007),
- D’EXIL EN EXIL by Nâzim Hikmet (2009),
- FEYDEAU DANS TOUS SES ETATS by Georges Feydeau (2011),
- DELIRIO HABANERO by Alberto Pedro Torriente (2012).
Theater Manager of “le Théâtre de l’Orangerie” in Geneva from 2000 to 2005.
Created, managed and operated “L’USAGE DU MONDE”, an auditorium for French bands and singers at the “Maison Internationale des Associations”, in Geneva between 2009 and 2012.