Exclusively for Seuls en Scène 2020, French theater artists Sandy Ouvrier and Astrid Bayiha read a few of their favorite tragic scenes by Jean Racine, centered on unrequited love.

The recently recorded readings are presented in French. The virtual event is free and open to the public.


The video recording was posted on this page from September 12-20.


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 at least 2 weeks in advance of the event date.



sandy with chin on hand looks off to sideSANDY OUVRIER graduated from Paris National Conservatory for Dramatic Art in 1993. She worked with Michel Didym, Daniel Mesguich, Adel Hakim, Jean-Claude Fall, Romain Bonnin, Lisa Wurmser, Stuart Seide, etc. In 2003, she co-founded collectif DRAO. She directed and acted in six contemporary plays with collectif DRAO. She recently performed a text by Ingmar Bergman, Une affaire d’âme, directed by Céline Agniel that premiered at CDN de Poitiers. Since 2008 she has taught at CNSAD where she is Professeure d’Interprétation. She has visited Princeton on five occasions, accompanying her students and teaching master classes to L’Avant-Scène students.


astrid with wide eye expression and pursed lips in white collar shirtASTRID BAYIHA graduated from Paris National Conservatory for Dramatic Art in 2010 where Sandy Ouvrier trained her for two consecutive years. She has worked with Paul Desveaux, Eva Doumbia, Bob Wilson, Stéphane Braunschweig, Mounya Boudiaf, Marcus Vinicius Borja among others. She is the author of two plays: Mamiwata in 2015 and Je suis bizarre in 2020. She visited Princeton as a CNSAD student in 2009, and again in 2015 to perform in Jaz by Koffi Kwahulé directed by Ayouba Ali during the fourth edition of Seuls en Scène.

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