About Me

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About me



Address : 61 Rue du General de Gaulle. Sille le Guillaume. 72140. France

Telephone : 00 33 72181972

Mobile : 00 33 619781007

Email : hermannlabonne2@gmail.com


Daniel Labonne holds a post graduate degree (MPhil) from the University of London. He has also been trained in the USA, in Canada, at the British Theatre Association (BTA) and at City University (London). Initially, a teacher of French and literature then a language coach. Actor, stage director, playwright, actor training specialist, researcher in theatre arts, he has worked in some 15 countries across Europe and Africa. He has been a consultant for Unesco, Francophone organisations, African Development Bank and African Union. Project manager, he was in charge of the study and implementation of a pan African school of performing arts. In Mauritius, he was a technical adviser to the Ministry of Education and Culture. In UK, he was the artistic director of the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Society. Many cultural activities and artistic events have been organised by him. In the past decade, Daniel Labonne has reduced his creative activities to writing and publishing books. His latest publication: LE FANTOME DU PLAZA, was published in Paris 3 weeks ago. So far, he has published 9 books, including essays, drama, poetry, children’s books. Within the context of the papal visit to Mauritius, Daniel Labonne has been invited on TV and Radio to promote his book PAPA LAVAL (Cap Sur L’Ile Maurice). LE NEVEU, a play by Daniel Labonne was created in 2017 in Mauritius to press acclaim. Daniel Labonne has been a resident in the UK for 33 years after living in the Ivory Coast for 5 years. He is married with 2 adult sons, living in Britain. All his life, he has been a social entrepreneur, a landlord and property manager. In Mauritius, he has set up and owned a 14bedroom guest house, a care home and a student residence. Born in Port-Louis, Mauritius, he holds Mauritian and British passports.


  • MPhil Goldsmith’s College. University de London
  • Arts administration at City University
  • Theatre directing at the British Theatre Association on a schorlarship from Commonwealth Foundation
  • Scholarship to USA and US Virgin Islands to study spoken language coaching (Kreol)
  • Coordinator and artistic director of ACTPA – a panafrican school responding to needs of performing artists of Africa. (Zimbabwe 90-91)
  • Director of African Theatre Exchange (ATEX), a consultancy for cultural projects
  • Conception, study and implementation of events such as African Symposium Workshop (AFSYMWORK) in Mauritius, Samuel’s Cabarets in Croydon, photography exhibition Creole Women in London, the ATEX round table in Paris
  • Founding member of Union of African Performing Artists – UAPA.
  • Editor during several years of newsletters including SCT News et ACTPA News in London
  • In Paris, jury member for Radio France Internationale – Concours interafricain de theatre.
  • Committee member of the International Amateur Theatre Association (Denmark)
  • Consultant for several international organisations, including ACCT (Paris), Africain Développement Bank (Cote D’Ivoire), African Cultural Institute (Sénégal)…
  • Worked with development organisations in Scandinavia and World Decade for Cultural Development (United Nations)
  • In Mauritius, a stage and TV actor, director, playwright, theatre coach, researcher
  • Technical adviser to the minister of education and culture of Mauritius
  • Founding member of Théâtre de l’Alliance Culturelle de L’Océan Indien (ACOI).
  • Founder and director of L’Atelier Théâtre de l’Ile Maurice.
  • Theatre research work invited to a dozen African countries, several European countries, USA and Canada.
  • Founder and artistic director of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Society (Croydon)
  • Founder of FACE – Foundation for Arts, Creativity & Exchange
  • As a social entrepreneur, set up and manage a family restaurant, care homes, youth shelters, guest houses and various property development projects…