Producing Theater: French Festivals Today

The course will explore the creation, production, and management of pioneering international festivals from France’s main historic festivals, such as Festival d’Avignon and Festival d’Automne, to more recent and emerging ones worldwide. It will use Le Festival de Princeton, Princeton French Theater Festival’s sixth annual edition, as a case study, and closely follow its offerings at the onset of the fall semester. Leaders in the field will visit the seminar to share their experiences on festival management and missions, and discuss the true role of a festival nowadays.

Sample reading list:
De Baecque/Loyer, Histoire du Festival d’Avignon
Ethis, Avignon, le public réinventé. Le Festival sous le regard …
Faivre d’Arcier, Vue du pont
Faivre d’Arcier, Cour d’honneur et champs de bataille
Wehle, Le théâtre populaire selon Jean Vilar
Rambert, Avignon à vie
See instructor for complete list

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Professor’s approval and/or one 200-level French course. To schedule an interview, interested students must contact the instructor at:

Other information:
One weekly seminar in French. Attendance of Princeton French Theater Festival shows at the beginning of the semester. Graduate students are welcome to apply.




Wednesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm


Florent Masse