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Jean-Marie Villégier (1937–)

Jean-Marie Villégier was a member of the Cercle d’Épistémologie from volumes eight through ten of the Cahiers pour l’Analyse, although he contributed no articles to the journal. Like François Regnault, Villégier developed a special interest in the theatre, which has in fact been the domain of his entire career. A student at the École Normale Supérieure, Villégier passed the agrégation in philosophy in 1965 and shortly thereafter joined the faculty at Université de Nancy in their theatre department and research centre in dramaturgy. From 1973 to 1980, he was one of the directors of the centre of dramaturgy at the Paris Opera. In 1985, Villégier founded his own theatre company, L’illustre Théâtre, named in honour of Molière (who, along with Corneille and Racine, was, and remains, one of Villégier’s favoured dramatists). He was appointed head of the Théatre nationale de Strasbourg in 1991, and remained there until 1994, at which point he began directing productions in Belgium for the Théâtre National de la Communauté Française de Belgique for a short spell. Villégier’s company has been active in recent years, producing Molière’s L’Amour médecin and Le Sicilien ou l’Amour peintre for the Comédie Française in 2006.