General Manager and Artistic Director, La Gaîté Lyrique, Paris
Marc Dondey is the General Manager and Artistic Director of La Gaîté Lyrique in Paris, an interdisciplinary arts center supported by the City of Paris, whose mission is to explore interactions between contemporary art, new technologies and social innovation.
As an artistic director, producer and writer Marc Dondey has worked with a number of major emerging artists in the fields of theater, music, opera and more recently media art and new technologies. Born in the US, he is a graduate of Sciences Po Paris, of the Univeristy of Paris Law School and a former student of Yale University. His playground is European and the international sphere. He has set up many co-productions, training workshops, commissions and joint residency projects, in France, Europe and the United States. More recently, he has worked in the fields of economic development, urban planning, and creative industries as well as digital entrepreneurship.
Marc Dondey’s career began with Meredith Monk, Robert Ashley, John Cage and Robert Wilson. He has been in charge of programming at the Almeida Theater and the Almeida International Festival of Contemporary Music and Performance in London, Artistic Director of Musica, Strasbourg’s international festival of contemporary music, and also Co-director of the Théâtre des Amandiers in Nanterre. He was in charge of writing the bid for the City of Strasbourg’s candidacy for the title of European Culture Capital 2013. At the Eurométropole of Strasbourg he created Le Shadok, a new cultural and digital arts center, as well as Accro, an agency dedicated to the development of a creative economy. He is the author of a biography of the French film-maker Jacques Tati.