Nabil received a grant to help him finance his studies at the Ecole Supérieure d’Art Dramatique de Paris. 

What is your artistic background ?
I discovered the theatre at the age of 10 with the AKTE theatre company; I took part in experimental and creative theatre workshops. I have very fond memories of it. Afterwards, I continued theatre at my high school and at the conservatory of Le Havre where my teachers awakened my passion for Art. After obtaining my Baccalauréat, I joined the professional theatre orientation course at the Rouen Conservatory where I learned the rigour and commitment that such a profession requires. My passion for theatre was born. During my second year at the conservatory, I took the competitive entrance exams to the Ecole Supérieure d'Art Dramatique de Paris. I was very interested in this school because of its attachment to the notion of "Actor-Creator", an attachment that aimed to make us complete actors. I was admitted to the school where, since October 2017, I have been a student of the class of 2020 and I am totally fulfilled. 

How do you see your profession today ?
Today, I take a much more realistic view of the difficulties of the profession, aware of the many obstacles that such a job requires. I think that Art, in general, is a major asset and an essential part of a society. Culture is a trace of our history. It contains many feelings, desires, fears, joys... The latter, if they are difficult to express openly in the daily routine of our lives, are laid bare on stage and are then given to the spectators for their greatest pleasure or distress. 

How do you see yourself in five years ? In 10 years ?
It is difficult for me to predict that far into the future. With such a profession, the future is never certain... I would say, however, that for some time now I have been very interested in the body of the actor on stage, sometimes even more than in the text. So I would say, to answer this question, that I could see myself directing shows with a very intense corporeal involvement and perhaps even without any text.


This interview was conducted in 2017
Photo credit: Céline Anaya Gautier