Journey into the New: Dominique Serrand
Dominique Serrand is Co-Artistic Director for The Moving Company, a traveling theatre company based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Born and raised in Paris, Dominique came of age during the protests of 1968, when young people took to the streets to protest capitalism and patriarchy and brought the French government to a standstill. He saw both sides of that struggle, first on assignment with the French Navy in Somalia, and later as a student at the famous Jacques Lecoq School for international theatre.
While studying at Jacques Lecoq, Dominique forged a special bond with classmates from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Together they founded Theatre de la Jeune Lune, or Theatre of the Young Moon. The young drama company moved its base of operations to Minneapolis in 1981 and built a reputation for innovation and excellence over the next three decades, winning a Tony Award for Best Regional Theatre in 2005. During this period, Dominique won many other awards, such as Best Production for The Miser, fellowships with the USA Artist Ford Foundation and the Bush Foundation, and knighthood by the French government with the Order of Arts and Letters.
Theatre de la Jeune Lune closed in 2008. Later that year, Dominique and a few of his partners from Jeune Lune formed The Moving Company, which continues to produce new work in the Twin Cities.
Listen here to a 1992 interview with Dominique Serrand for Minnesota Portraits, a series produced by Twin Cities PBS.
Watch a 2008 interview for Minnesota Playlist with Dominique Serrand and a 2012 interview for PBS with Dominique and Steven Epp about their vision for The Moving Company.
Archives for Theatre de la Jeune Lune are held by the University of Minnesota Libraries.