After spending two years in England at the Everyman Theater in Cheltenham, Victor Gauthier-Martin returned to France to follow evening workshops at the Théâtre National de Chaillot and then entered ERAC (Ecole Régionale d'Acteurs de Cannes). In his graduating year, he directed Friends Make the Philosopher by Jacob Lenz.
One year later, in 1994, he was accepted at the CNSAD (Conservatoire National Supérieur d'Art Dramatique) where he staged Ambulance by Gregory Motton in the Conservatoire’s Salle Jouvet and at the Théâtre des Ateliers in Aix-en-Provence, and then The Kitchen by Arnold Wesker at the Théâtre du Conservatoire and at the Théâtre du Soleil, invited by Ariane Mnouchkine.
He then spent a year back in England, at LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) with the aid of a Lavoisière grant, and on his return to France he presented Ailleurs Tout Près by Françoise Mesnier as part of the Jeune Théâtre National, and collaborated with the company Vis-à-Vis on a staging of Les Petites Choses and Un Baiser Dans La Tête by Sonia Willi at the Théâtre Universitaire de Nantes.
Between 2000 and 2002, within the framework of the Unité Nomade de Formation à la Mise en Scène, he worked with Manfred Karge in Berlin and Krystian Lupa in Warsaw.
Parallel to this, he has worked as an actor, in productions directed by Sébastien Bournac, Jean-François Peyret, Benoît Bradel, Pascal Rambert, Alain Françon, and Jean Liermier.
Since 2003 Victor Gauthier-Martin has developed all his directing projects with microsystème, in collaboration with Juliette Roels as production manager. The company has worked in association with the Comédie de Reims, from 2004 to 2007, and since 1 January 2008 holds a residence at the Forum de Blanc-Mesnil.
Victor chooses the texts he will stage, drawing from both contemporary and classical repertories, and according to how they resonate in society today. Since its foundation, microsystème has either produced or coproduced:
- The Dream of a Ridiculous Man by Fyodor Dostoyevsky in December 2004
- Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens in February 2005
- Genoa 01 by Fausto Paravidino in October 2007
- in English, Genoa / US, based on Gênes 01, in New York, April 2008
- 109, a press review on medicine and eternity, in November 2008
- Le Laveur de Visages by Fabrice Melquiot in February 2009
Parallel to its production activities, microsystème has developed an essential endeavour of handing down knowledge to young professionals and initiating amateurs through workshops considered creative projects, such as Autonomies en chantier, Si J'avais un marteau. These activities highlight two particularly important concepts: the necessity of setting up roots at a local level and the development of a long-term artistic project.
Whether through literary works, play texts, press excerpts, or even interviews, “What do we understand of the world today?” is the recurrent question underlying the work of microsystème.