After training as an engineer, François Cervantes studied theatre at Espace Acteur in Paris, then in Montréal with Eugène Lyon. He started writing for the theatre in 1981, and founded the company L'entreprise in 1986, trying as its artistic director to create a dramatic language that would allow him to talk about the world of today. His international tours led to exchanges with many artists and to research into the relationship between tradition and creation which deeply influenced his company's shows. It led him at once to go back to the origins of theatre, to clowns and masks, and to a kind of contemporary writing constantly grappling with the world, looking for the place where real and imaginary meet. François Cervantes has worked with numerous artists (Didier Mouturat, Catherine Germain) and companies (Cirque Plume, Compagnie de l'Oiseau mouche)... In 2004, his company settled in the Fallow in Marseille to begin a new adventure as a troupe working with a repertoire and building a long and regular relationship with its audience. François Cervantes also leads training workshops in France and abroad. He is a member of the Bande d'artistes du Merlan in Marseille, and works as a writer with the Conservatoire national supérieur d'art dramatique.
© portrait Melania Avanzato