A writer, director, and actress, Eva Doumbia studied theatre at the université d'Aix-en Provence, then at the Unité nomade de mise en scène (CNSAD), where she worked with Jacques Lasselle, Krystian Lupa, and André Engel. In 2000 she founded the company La Part du Pauvre/Nana Triban, quickly focusing on writers such as Marie-Louise Mumbu, Léonora Miano, Maryse Condé, Dieudonné Niangouna, or Aristide Tarnagda. Eva Doumbia belongs to this generation who closely observes how racial relations, inherited from French colonial history, still express themselves in society today. She founded in 2016 the multidisciplinary festival Afropéa, which showcases Afro-European creators. In September 2019, her company moved to the Théâtre des Bains-Douches in Elbeuf, a multicural, working-class town in Normandy.
Portrait © Lionel Grelat