In conversation with Tim Robbins and Ariane Mnouchkine

If you missed our last Axis Mundi, you’re in luck! Thursday, March 25th, at 12 pm (PT), you can tune in for a screening of this gem of a conversation with Ariane Mnouchkine, the world renowned director of the Théâtre du Soleil in Paris, and our Artistic Director, Tim Robbins!

Mnouchkine’s innovative and groundbreaking work has been profoundly influential to The Actors’ Gang. Her unique and visionary philosophy of theatrical expression was introduced to The Actors’ Gang in 1984 through a workshop led by George Bigot, after the Théâtre du Soleil took the Olympic Arts Festival in Los Angeles by storm. The training received in that workshop had a profound affect on the future direction of The Actors’ Gang.

Ariane Mnouchkine, Philippe Léotard and fellow students of the L’École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq founded the Theatre du Soleil in 1964 as a collective of theatre artists, occupying a former munitions plant called La Cartoucherie, where the company continues to develop work and perform today. Throughout the years, Ariane Mnouchkine has become one of the world’s most influential directors and is the first female winner of the prestigious International Ibsen Award. It is thanks to Mnouchkine’s unshakeable faith in the power and purpose of theater that the Théâtre du Soleil has been able to celebrate worldwide success for five decades. Aside from creating masterworks including Les Atrides, Les Ephemeres, Mephisto,  Richard II and Henry IV Parts 1and 2, L’Histoire Terrible Mais Inachevee de Norodom Sihanouk, Roi du Cambodge, L’Indiade, Le Dernier Caravanserail, and the film Moliere, Mnouchkine has also fought with great passion for artists who have been subjected to political persecution and for Europe’s forgotten people – the migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers on the fringes of European society. Mnouchkine successfully used demonstrations and interventions, and an international association founded in 1979 (AIDA – Association Internationale de Défense des Artistes victimes de la répression dans le monde), to effect the release of imprisoned artists. Ariane Mnouchkine has received numerous awards in recognition of her life’s work.

The event, produced in partnership with Fundación Teatro a Mill, will be translated into French and will be streamed on March 25th at 12 pm (PT) through Zoom. 

Hosted by our Artistic Director, Tim Robbins, this series of public forums introduces us to creative minds from all around the world. With each conversation, we’re bringing together artists who shape culture and asking vital questions about the future of theater and the arts and what it means to create in pandemic times.

In pre-pandemic times, with the Axis Mundi series, we have hosted many special evenings with guests from the worlds of music, literature, and journalism and have been honored to have Jackson Browne, Bill Moyers, Sister Helen Prejean, Gore Vidal, Juan Gonzales, and many others share their wisdom and talent on our stage. Each one of these public forums helped our community bridge the gap between isolation and despair to a sense of community and shared hopefulness and we hope to ignite the very same spirit through our digital stage.

If you have any questions about your reservation, please contact us by email at or by phone at (310) 838-4264 ext. 1

Event times in other locations:

 US EST – Mar 25th @ 3 pm 

 CHILE, CLST – Mar 25th @ 5 pm

 CHILE, EAST – Mar 25th @ 3 pm

Run time – approx. 2 hours, no intermission