Florent Masse, founder and artistic director of Seuls en Scène French Theater Festival, presents a recently recorded conversation with directors of productions from Festival d’Avignon, Festival d’Automne in Paris, and Comédie-Française to share an update on the situation of festivals and theaters in France at the beginning of the new theater season.

The conversation is in French. The virtual event is free and open to the public.


The video of the recorded conversation was available to watch from September 10-September 20.


If you are in need of access accommodations in order to participate in this event, please contact the Lewis Center at 609-258-5262 or email for assistance at least 2 weeks in advance of the event date.



anne smiling in glasses with short crop hairANNE-MATHILDE DI TOMASO serves as Direction of Productions at Avignon Theater Festival, formerly Director of Productions at Comédie de Valence – Centre Dramatique Drôme Ardèche.






baptiste smiling in glasses with short hair and facial hairBAPTISTE MANIER is Production Administrator for Comédie-Française.






pierre with serious face in blue tee shirtPIERRE GENDRONNEAU is Director of Productions for Festival d’Automne in Paris, formerly Director of Productions at CDN Nouveau Théâtre de Montreuil and Chargé de Production at Scène National de Sénart. At Festival d’Automne in Paris, Pierre Gendronneau closely works with Festival Director Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota and artistic Directors Marie Collin and Joséphine Markovitz. He is a 2012 graduate of Science-Po Paris and a former Sciences-Po Paris/Princeton University exchange student (2009-2010).




florent with short brown hair smiles in blue collar shirt and jacketFLORENT MASSE, who curates the Festival, was trained as an actor and director at Lille National Theater alongside his studies in American Literature and Civilization at the University of Lille. He later pursued his theater studies at Amherst College as a Levy-Despas Fellow and a teaching assistant in the Department of French. It is there that he originated L’Avant-Scène, a program that combines language and dramatic training. He has directed more than 60 full-length productions of canonical and new works of French theater since arriving at Princeton in 2001 and has hosted several prominent theater artists. In 2017, he was named Chevalier of Arts and Letters by the French Minister of Culture.

Presented By

  • Lewis Center for the Arts
  • Department of Comparative Literature
  • Cultural Services of the French Embassy
  • Institut Français
  • Department of Art and Archaeology
  • Humanities Council
  • Center for French Studies
  • Program in Contemporary European Politics and Society
  • French American Cultural Exchange Foundation
  • Department of French and Italian
  • L’Avant-Scène
  • Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies