Franz Marijnen

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Franz Joseph Theresia Maria Marijnen (born April 4, 1943 in Mechelen ) is a Belgian director and theater director .


The son of a lawyer studied directing at the Rijksinstituut voor Toneel en Cultuurspreiding (RITCS) in Brussels from 1963 to 1967 . He made his debut in 1966 at the Mechels Miniatuur Teater with Die Zoogeschichte . After completing his studies, he trained in Wroclaw in 1968/69 with Jerzy Grotowski at his Teatr Laboratory. Inspired by this, he founded his avant-garde Théâtre Laboratoire Vicinal in Schaerbeek / Schaarbeek .

In 1970 Marijnen went to the USA for several years. He spent a year and a half at the La MaMa Experimental Theater Club in New York and founded his own ensemble Camera Obscura in Jamestown (New York) in 1973 , with which he also played in Europe. In 1976 he returned to Europe and founded the Ro Theater in Rotterdam , which he left in 1983 to work as a freelance director. As a guest director he worked at the Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg and at the Schiller Theater in Berlin, among others .

In 1993 he became director of the Koninklijke Vlaamse Schouwburg in Brussels. In 2000 he resigned and has been working as a freelance director ever since.


  • Horst Schumacher: Marijnen, Franz . In: Manfred Brauneck, Wolfgang Beck (ed.): Theater Lexikon 2. Actors and directors, stage managers, dramaturges and stage designers . Rowohlt's encyclopedia published by Rowohlt Taschenbuch Verlag. Reinbek near Hamburg, August 2007, ISBN 978 3 499 55650 0 , p. 469 f.