Charles Dullin

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Charles Dullin
Born 8 May 1885
Yenne, Savoie
Died 11 December 1949(1949-12-11) (aged 64)
Paris, France
Nationality French
Occupation Film 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. He was also a major theater teacher, who trained a whole generation of French actors. Before Copeau returned to Paris in June 1920, Charles Dullin had already taken 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 of group of students, among them Antonin Artaud, developed into the "Atelier", Dullin's workshop for young actors that would prove to have a lasting effect. With this small group of actors he eventually settled in the Théâtre Montmartre, renamed the Théâtre de l'Atelier where he would remain until the beginning of World War II.

In the tradition of Copeau, Dullin preached and practiced 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 theatrical endeavor. Dullin also played many roles on the screen, especially when he needed money to continue 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 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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