Board member Patrick Penot lives and works in Lyon, France. He is currently Director of the Lyon-based theatre Festival ‘Sens Interdit’, a festival he co-founded in 2009. Previous to that, Patrick was the Director of the Lyon Theatre ‘Theatre des Celestins’ from 2003 to 2014.
Under Patrick’s leadership, the Theatre des Celestins became a leading cultural centre in Lyon, bringing theatre productions from around Europe and the world to Lyon.
Patrick has also worked for the Institut Français around the world as part of his service within the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Patrick was Director of the Institut Français in Warsaw, Poland from 1997 to 2003. He had previously worked as Administrative and Financial Director of the Institut Français in Athens and as accountant for the Institut Français in Warsaw, Vienna, Salzbourg and Innsbruck.