From 2015 to 2017, the MC93 underwent a major renovation programme overseen by architect Vincent Brossy and scenographer Michel Fayet. The MC93 team used the building work as an opportunity to reflect upon how best to welcome their public. The building’s foyer emerged as a major preoccupation in their discussions, and they looked to transform this transitory site into a welcoming space accessible to all. A number of residents, theatregoers and local bodies participated in the renovation committee, which was supported by the Foundation. This participatory approach enabled the MC93 to refine its aims prior to the start of reconstruction work. Collective seating units were designed by Johan Brunel (Atelier Jes), 2014 laureate of the Prix Émile Hermès, and produced with leather donated by the house of Hermès. The furniture was in part constructed by apprentices at the soft materials centre of the Compagnons du Devoir at Pantin. The foyer was enlarged to 700m2 and now offers an open, lively space that encourages cultural and social mixing at all hours of the day.
Since 2016, the Foundation has also supported Prépa’ Théâtre 93. Every year, this equal-opportunities training programme prepares a socially and culturally diverse group of students for entrance exams to prestigious theatre schools. Conceived by artist Nicolas Bigards and inaugurated in 2015 thanks to a partnership with the Conservatoire Jean Wiéner in Bobigny, this rigorous training programme aims to allow new talents to emerge in the face of the social determinism that sometimes prevails in the theatre world. Means-tested and non-paying, it consists of several separate modules that take place between September and June, including ateliers run by major directors and development workshops. In 2018, the conservatoires of Aubervilliers and Pantin also joined this locally oriented programme.