Ludovic Lagarde was born in Paris where he studied theatre at the faculty of Censier - Paris III (1982–1985) and at the École Théâtre en Actes (1986-1989) under the guidance of Lucien Marchal, followed by assistances for the stage director Christian Schiaretti.
Lagarde founded his own company in 1996 and directed The Caucasian Chalk Circle by Bertolt Brecht in 1998. Simultaneously to his theatrical work, Ludovic Lagarde has taught at several drama schools (École du Théâtre National de Strasbourg, Conservatoire Supérieur d’Art Dramatique de Paris, Institut Nomade de mise en scène, et Ecole Régionale d’Acteurs de Cannes). He works regularly with the writer Olivier Cadiot; their first collaboration was in 1993, when he has commissioned the play Sœurs et frères, created at the Granite Belfort Theatre. His projects are produced and hosted by the Théâtre National de la Colline in Paris, the Théâtre National de Strasbourg, the Centres Dramatiques Nationaux (Rennes, Nancy, Reims, Toulouse, Angers) and the Festival d’Avignon.
He also directs opera, and regularly works with the musical director Christophe Rousset. Since 1997, Ludovic Lagarde has developed links with artists and theaters in Europe and beyond, which have resulted in international tours and stagings at the Schaubühne in Berlin, the Festival delle Colline in Turin or at the Espace GO in Montreal (Canada). In January 2009 he became artistic director of the Comédie de Reims.
In context of the UTE TERRORisms project Ludovic Lagarde has staged the world premiere of Aiat Fayez’ play La Baraque, the performance opened during the Festival Reims Scènes d’Europe 2015 (6 February 2015) and was also shown at the Teatro di Roma and at the TERRORisms Festival at the Schauspiel Stuttgart. He is a member of the board of directors oft he UTE and UTE Secretary since 2015.
Portrait Ludovic Lagarde © Axel Coeuret