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Actor, stage director and set designer, Éric Ruf joined the Comédie-Française in 1993, where he became a member in 1998 and took the role of managing director in 2014.
Stage director both for the theater and the opera, he directed, among others, Le Pré aux clercs at the Opéra Comique, Pelléas et Mélisande at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées (Critics's Grand Prize, 2017) or, for the Comédie-Française, La Vie de Galilée (Salle Richelieu, 2019), Bajazet (Théâtre du Vieux-Colombier, 2017), Roméo et Juliette (Salle Richelieu, 2015), Peer Gynt (Grand Palais, 2012 – Grand Prix du syndicat de la Critique and the Figaro's Beaumarchais Prize), performances where he also designed the scenography.
He also created the opera, theater and ballet decors for productions by Denis Podalydès, Clément Hervieu-Léger, Valérie Lesort and Christian Hecq, Véronique Vella, Jean-Yves Ruf, Hervé Pierre, Julie Deliquet, Guillaume Gallienne or Christine Montalbetti.
As an actor, he has worked in the theatre under the direction of Jacques Lassalle, Patrice Chéreau, Alain Françon, Denis Podalydès, Christian Schiaretti, Anatoli Vassiliev, Yves Beaunesne, Jean-Yves Ruf, Éric Vignier, Jean-Pierre Vincent, Jean-Luc Boutté, Jean Dautremay, Jérôme Savary, Clément Hervieu-Léger…
In films and television, he has appeared in the work of Yves Angelo, Nicole Garcia, Arnaud Desplechin, Nina Companeez, Josée Dayan, Valéria Bruni-Tedeschi, Emmanuel Bourdieu, Yvan Attal, Roman Polansky...
A winner of the City of Paris's Gérard Philipe Award (1999), he won in 2007 the Molière for Best Stage Design/Set and Best Supporting Actor in Cyrano de Bergerac, and in 2016 the Molière for Best Visual Creation for 20,000 leagues under the sea. As managing director, he also won two Molières for Public Theatre: Les Damnés in 2017, and La Nuit des rois ou Tout ce que vous voulez in 2019. Éric Ruf is Commandeur of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
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