By Afton Wooten
Stage director Thomas Jolly has been announced as the Artistic Director of the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic ceremonies.
Jolly will lead a multidisciplinary artistic team charged with planning and running the upcoming ceremonies. Paris organizing committee head Tony Estanguet praises the appointee by saying,” With his impressive career, Thomas Jolly is at the forefront of the young, creative, and ambitious French artistic scene. His extraordinary shows are proof that he knows how to break norms and take them to the next level.”
In 2007 he founded his own theater company, La Piccola Familia which gained recognition for his 18-hour continuous performance of Henry VI featuring three plays and 15 acts. This led to Joly receiving both the Jean Jaques Cautier prize for young French theater talent and the Moliere Award, the highest theater honor in France.
Next year, Jolly will stage Gounod’s “Romeo and Juliet” at the Paris Opera.