Seuls en Scène brings celebrated French actors and directors, as well as promising early-career artists, to Princeton University and the local community to present their work, introducing American audiences to dynamic and engaging French productions. This year we are thrilled to resume the French Theater Festival in person in collaboration with the 51st Edition of Festival d’Automne in Paris.
Individual Show Programs
Welcome to the eleventh Princeton French Theater Festival, Seuls en Scène! We are delighted that you could join us, and thanks for your continued support!
We couldn’t be more thrilled to resume the festival in person after virtual editions in 2020 and 2021. This year we’ll present compelling recent works of contemporary French theater, highlighting diversity and female artists, and extending invitations to artists hailing from the Francophone world, all the while celebrating the festival’s tenth anniversary! Since its inception in 2012, Seuls en Scène has been a joyful ride every year. We’re delighted by the festival’s trajectory from its humble beginnings to the ways it has grown over the years, uplifting students and local audiences.
We’re grateful to the Lewis Center for the Arts and all our generous sponsors at Princeton and elsewhere for making the festival possible. We are very glad that you joined us to discover the shows and meet the artists! The festival offers a great start to a new L’Avant-Scène season, and we are very much looking forward to celebrating French theater through the Festival with you!
— Florent Masse, Festival Director, Dept. of French and Italian
An estimated 10 million Native Americans lived in North America before the arrival of European colonizers. Many thousands lived in Lenapehoking, the vast homeland of the Lenni-Lenape, who were the first inhabitants of what is now called eastern Pennsylvania and parts of New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and Delaware.
Princeton stands on part of the ancient homeland and traditional territory of the Lenape people. In 1756, the College of New Jersey erected Nassau Hall with no recorded consultation with the Lenni-Lenape peoples.
Treaties and forced relocation dispersed Lenape-Delaware to Ohio, Kansas, and Oklahoma. We acknowledge the violence of settler colonialism and pay respect to Lenape peoples past, present, and future and their continuing presence in the homeland and throughout the Lenape diaspora.
Current Princeton student activists and alumni are advocating for Indigenous students and studies at the University. For more information, see the websites of Natives at Princeton and Princeton Indigenous Advocacy Coalition.
The French Theater Festival is sponsored by Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts, L’Avant-Scène, Department of French and Italian, Humanities Council, Princeton Institute for International and Regional Study (PIIRS), Department of Art and Archaeology, Department of Comparative Literature, Department of African American Studies, Program in Contemporary European Politics and Society, Program in African Studies, Center for French and Francophone Studies, and Rockefeller College. International sponsors include Festival d’Automne in Paris, Cultural Services of the French Embassy – Villa Albertine, FACE Contemporary Theater, ADAMI, the Education Department of the French Embassy, Institut français, Wallonie Bruxelles International, Odia Normandie and FEAC, Fonds d’Aide aux Échanges Artistiques et Culturels pour l’Outre-mer.
Seuls en Scène 2022 Production
Artistic Director, Producer & Founder: Florent Masse
Assistant Producer: Mathilde Gamon
Technical Director and Director of Production: Miriam Crowe
Administration: Sena Hill
Administrative Coordinator: Kelly Eggers
We are thrilled to welcome back on campus Mathilde Gamon & Miriam Crowe. Special thanks to both of them. And special thanks and thoughts to Marie Collin and Pierre Gendronneau, from Festival d’Automne in Paris, who helped prepare the season. We are overjoyed by the collaboration with Festival d’Automne in Paris.
We would like to acknowledge the help of the generous and ever supportive staff of the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater: Darryl Waskow, Producer; Chloe Brown, Associate Producer; Tim Godin, Technical Director; Matt Pilsner, Lighting and Stage Supervisor; Kay Richardson, Sound Engineer; Torrey Drum, Theater Technician; Steve Runk, Director of Communications; Jaclyn Sweet, Communications Associate; Tracy Patterson, Visual Communications Specialist; Jonathan Sweeney, Web & Multimedia Strategist; Zohar Lavi-Hasson, Communications Assistant; and Allie Geiger Khanna, Props Supervisor.
We would like to thank University Services for their key support producing the festival in the rest of the campus: Nick Robinson, Executive Director of Campus Support Services, University Services; Lucien Dowdell, Senior Production Manager, Performing Arts Services, University Services; and Mary Kemler, Campus Support Services, University Services.
We would also like to acknowledge the generous help of the staff of the Department of French and Italian: Sena Hill, Manager of Finance and Administration; Kelly Eggers, Office Coordinator; Kathleen Varra, Undergraduate Coordinator; Charles Leonardi, Departmental Computing Support Specialist; Leslie Savadge, Graduate Program Administrator; and Julie Clack, Communications Strategist.
And with special help from Corine André-Hessig, Anne & Hervé Hoppenot, Maryam & Emmanuel Simon, Isabelle Lambotte & Giovanni Caforio, Elizabeth & Louis Calvarin, Sophie Orloff & John Leger, Isabelle Meehan, and Sophie Mialhe.
Lewis Center for the Arts
Chair: Judith Hamera
Executive Director: Marion Friedman Young
For a look at all the people working behind the scenes to bring you this event, view a full list of LCA staff members »
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Department of French and Italian
Chair: Thomas Trezise
Associate Chair: Pietro Frassica
Director, L’Avant Scene: Florent Masse