stage director

Michel Fau


An actor and stage director, Michel Fau is known for his grand acting and stagings that define his unique style. With his exuberant creativity, he oversteps aesthetic rules to give them his own rules, sometimes exploring the power of the masks, the art of disguise and sometimes playing with makeup.

Michel Fau studied with Yves Pignot and Julie Ravix, then aged 18 he joined the Conservatoire National Supérieur d'Art Dramatique in Paris where he studied with Pierre Vial, Michel Bouquet and Gérard Desarthe.

On the boards, he performs several plays staged by Olivier Py, including La Servante (1995), Le Visage d'Orphée (1997), L'Apocalypse Joyeuse (2000), Paul Claudel's Le Soulier de Satin (2003), Aeschylus's Oresteia (2008) and Les Enfants de Saturne (2009). He also played in Shakespeare's Othello directed by Eric Vigner, Bernhard's L'Ignorant et le Fou directed by Emmanuel Daumas and Le Banquet de Platon directed by Juliette Deschamps.

He is also stage director at the theatre and the opera: he directed in particular Thérèse Raquin based on Zola's novel, Frédéric Constant's La Désillusion, Strindberg's Créanciers, David Mamet's American Buffalo, Le Condamné à mort, a monodrama written by Philippe Capdenat after Genet, Puccini's Tosca, Mozart's Così fan tutte, Verdi's Rigoletto, Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, Puccini's Madama Butterfly and Mozart's Bastien et Bastienne.

He also developed his career on TV and cinema screens in films by Albert Dupontel, Dominik Moll, Olivier Py, Sophie Blondy, François Ozon, Benoit Jacquot, Les Quiches and Noémie Lvovsky<.

In 1998 he was awarded the Gérard Philipe prize of the Ville de Paris then in 2006 the prize of the best actor by the Syndicat de la critique. Michel Fau currently teaches at the Conservatoire National Supérieur d'Art Dramatique de Paris and at the Cours Florent