Adama Diop
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Adama Diop

Our profession is made up of a multiplicity of things that we never quite master.

A prolific actor, he has already worked with the greatest contemporary directors. Adama Diop cultivates the image of a versatile and unclassifiable actor. 

Updated on 17/01/2024

5 min

Born in Senegal in 1981 into a middle-class family, Adama Diop first discovered theatre in high school. When he arrived in France, he began training in the dramatic arts, first at the Conservatoire de Montpellier, then at the Conservatoire National d’Art Dramatique, Paris. He very soon began to meet new people and to experiment, tackling the classical repertoire as well as contemporary writing for the stage.

He has played Molière, William Shakespeare, Marivaux and Bertold Brecht as well as Bernard Koltès, Roberto Bolano and Marie N'Diaye, under the direction of great names such as Frank Castorf, Stéphane Braunschweig, Tiago Rodrigues and Arthur Nauzyciel. He has also appeared on stage several times in new creations, directed by Marion Aubert (Les aventures de Nathalie Nicole Nicole, Saga des habitants du val de Moldavie) and Julien Gosselin (Joueurs, Mao II, Les Noms). 

A multi-faceted actor, capable of playing the lead in Macbeth and the vindictive merchant Yermolai Alexeevich (The Cherry Orchard), Adama Diop says he feels more comfortable with roles and characters far removed from his own experience, with which he can challenge himself. On the contrary, those that draw him to something more personal, in his words, can be more difficult to approach.

Although he is primarily a theatre actor, Adama Diop has also appeared in films and radio dramas, a genre in which he excels thanks to his precise, calm and captivating diction. By his own admission, however, it was his performance as Macbeth that marked a turning point in his career. Playing this tyrant, "far removed from his nature", allowed him to confront one of the most complex plays in the repertoire, but also to reveal himself to the general public in his début at the Théâtre de l'Odéon. 

This summer, Adama Diop made his mark with his interpretation of Yermolai in Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard, in the Courtyard of the Palais des Papes in Avignon. In an intimate production by Tiago Rodrigues, who has just taken over as director of the Avignon Festival, he acted opposite Isabelle Huppert. An experience with the Portuguese director that he describes above all as organic: "we are not in a spectacular place, but listening, which helps a lot in this choral work. 

In November, he will appear in a creation by Arthur Nauzyciel, Mes Frères, in which he tackles the theme of manufacturing masculinity. A play that evokes men's brutality towards women and nature, in which he plays a character with his own name, Adama, alongside Marie-Sophie Ferdane, Pascal Greggory, Guillaume Costanza and Frédéric Pierrot. A show, in the words of the actor, "about four men who do not know how to express themselves, because they have not been given the right to speak". 

Adama Diop à Avignon 2021 : ma plus belle tirade... d'amour
Adama Diop à Avignon 2021 : ma plus belle tirade... d'amour
  • 1981


    Born in Senegal.

  • 2002


    Adama Diop joins the Montpellier Conservatoire.

  • 2016


    2066, by Julien Gosselin, at the Théâtre de l'Odéon.

  • 2018


    He plays Macbeth in a production by Stéphane Braunschweig.

  • 2021


    He appears at the Avignon Festival in The Cherry Orchard, alongside Isabelle Huppert.

The Institut français and the artist

Adama Diop is a 2021 laureate of Des mots à la scène (From Words to the Stage) with Fajar ou l’odyssée de l’homme qui rêvait d’être poète. This programme is a support fund for the production of contemporary writing for the stage from Africa and the Caribbean, launched by the Institut français. 

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