Georges Banu was born in June 1943 in Buzău, Romania and is a well-renowned theatre personality and critic. He studied at the Academy of Drama and Film in Bucharest, and permanently moved to Paris in 1973. Professor I.E.T. (Institut d'Etudes théâtrales) at the University of Paris III, Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris and at the Theatre Studies Faculty of the University of Louvain la Neuve in Belgium, Banu founded the Experimental Theatre Academy in Paris in 1990, together with Michelle Kokosowski, which he ran until 2001, when the Academy’s activities ended. He has made an impact in multiple functions: General Secretary (1985-1992), President (1994-2000), then Honorary President of the International Association of Theatre Critics; he has also received various titles, such as UNITER Member, Doctor Honoris Causa of the I.L. Caragiale National University of Theatre and Film, Bucharest in 2006, and Doctor Honoris Causa at several other European Universities.
Georges Banu was awarded various prizes, amongst which he received the award for Best Theatre Book in France three times; he was also awarded the Honorary Award IATC – Romanian section in the Gala UNITER 2012, the Shakespeare Festival Special Prize in 2012 offered by Rotary Craiova and Rotary Probitas Craiova, and was made honorary member of the Romanian Academy in 2013.
He is co-director of the Brussels Alternatives Théâtrales magazine and director of the collection "Le temps du Théâtre" published by Actes Sud in France. He is the author of numerous publications devoted to contemporary theatre and the relationship between theatre and painting.
Issue 126-127, October 2015