Philippe Arlaud was born in Paris and grew up in Mulhouse. During his medical studies he discovered his love for theatre and started studying directing, stage design and history of art at the Ecole d’Art Dramatique de Strasbourg.
Arlaud started working with Antoine Vitez and Jean Marie Villégier and designed various sceneries for opera and theatre. In this stage of his work, he was mainly influenced by Giorgio Strehler, Bob Wilson, Klaus Michael Grüber and Peter Stein.
After working abroad with Elke Lang he moved to Vienna and directed 35 productions in cooperation with Hans Gratzer at the Schauspielhaus Wien. For his work at the Schauspielhaus Wien he won the Josef-Kainz-Medaille from the City of Vienna two times. He also was especially successful with Benjamin Brittens’ “The Turn of the Screw“ at the Wiener Kammeroper.
More collaborations emerged at the Festspiele Baden-Baden with Thomas Hengelbrock, Teodor Currentzis or Christian Thielemann, with whom he worked as well in Wagners „Tannhäuser“ at the Bayreuther Festspiele.