Join us for a live Zoom conversation with playwright/dramaturg Penda Diouf and director Artistide Tarnagda, moderated by Amelia Parenteau, following the online presentation of Pistes (Tracks).

Be sure to watch the recorded reading of Pistes prior to the conversation.

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


The live conversation on Zoom will be presented at 2 PM (EDT). Advance registration required; registered guests will receive a Zoom invitation by email the day of the conversation.

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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 at least 2 weeks in advance of the event date.



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Photo courtesy Penda Diouf

PENDA DIOUF is an actor, playwright, and dramaturg with Senegalese-Ivorian roots. She lives in France.






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Photo of Aristide Tarnagda by Sophie Garcia.

ARISTIDE TARNAGDA is an author and winner at the Avignon Festival, a director, and a comedian. He studied at Jean-Pierre Guingané’s Théâtre de la Fraternité. In 2013, he directed his own play And if I was going to kill them all Ma’am? on a mainstage at the Avignon Theatre Festival, while another of his plays, Red Earth, was included in the Off-Festival. He is the Artistic Director of the Récréâtrales Festival, one of the largest Pan-African performance festivals, based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.



amelia smiling with short crop hair and thick scarfAMELIA PARENTEAU is a freelance writer, translator, and theater maker based in New Orleans. An alumna of Sarah Lawrence College, she has worked with TCG, Ping Chong + Company, The Lark, The Civilians, the French Institute Alliance Française, Voyage Theater Company, and The Park Avenue Armory in New York, People’s Light in Pennsylvania, the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Connecticut, and Théâtre du Soleil in France. Productions: Woke (2020, Colorado); America is Hard to See, Life Jacket Theatre Company (2018, HERE); (Projection) (2017, Dixon Place); Liminal (2015, New York International Fringe Festival). She is a member of the FENCE International Translation Network, ATLAS, and TCG, and her work has been published online in Asymptote Literary Magazine, Contemporary Theatre Review, Culturebot, and Extended Play and in print in American Theatre Magazine.

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