Charles Dullin

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Charles Dullin
Born8 May 1885
Died11 December 1949(1949-12-11) (aged 64)
OccupationFilm director, actor

Charles Dullin (8 May 1885 – 11 December 1949) was a French actor, theater manager and director.


Dullin was a student of Jacques Copeau. Before Copeau returned to Paris in June 1920, Dullin had started taking on students and was giving acting lessons at the Théâtre Antoine under the tutelage of Firmin Gémier, the actor who originated the role of Ubu in Alfred Jarry's Ubu roi. The small group of students, among them Antonin Artaud, developed into the "Atelier", Dullin's workshop for young actors. The group eventually settled in the Théâtre Montmartre, renamed the Théâtre de l'Atelier where Dullin would remain until the beginning of World War II.

In the tradition of Copeau, Dullin emphasised respect for the text, a simplified stage décor and favored a poetic rather than a spectacular perspective on the mise-en-scène, placing the actor at the center of the performance. Dullin also played many roles on the screen, and used some of the money earned in these roles to support his theater. He was one of the major French actors both on the stage and the screen during the 1930s.

Notable students[edit]

Students of Charles Dullin included Pascale de Boysson, Antonin Artaud, Jean-Louis Barrault, Juozas Miltinis, Étienne Decroux, Juran Hisao and Marcel Marceau.[1]

Notable productions[edit]

as actor


  1. ^ Murray, Simon (2003). Jacques Lecoq. London, New York: Routledge.

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