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Florent Masse is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of French and Italian and the Director of L’Avant-Scène, the French Theater Workshop. He is the Artistic Director of Seuls en Scène, Princeton French Theater Festival that he has curated annually since its creation in 2012. Alongside his studies at the University of Lille, he trained as an actor and director at Lille National Theater under Daniel Mesguich and later pursued his theater studies at Amherst College, MA as a Levy-Despas Fellow and teaching assistant in the Department of French (1999-2001). This is when he created the program of L’Avant-Scène, which originally mixes linguistic and dramatic training. At Princeton since 2001, Florent Masse has been able to create, develop, and enrich L’Avant-Scène’s curricular and co-curricular programs. He has directed about forty full-length productions of popular and celebrated plays in the French theatrical canon, including: Feydeau’s Le Dindon (2004 & 2014), Un fil à la patte (2006) Feu la mère de madame (2005), and La puce a l'oreille (2008), Molière’s Le Tartuffe (2005 & 2010), Le malade imaginaire (2007), Dom Juan (2008), Le Misanthrope (2008), L'Avare (2009), L’Ecole des femmes (2012) and Les femmes savantes (2012), Corneille's L'Illusion comique (2010) and Le Cid (2013), Racine’s Andromaque (2005 & 2011), Phèdre (2007 & 2014), Britannicus (2009), and Bérénice (2011), Marivaux’s Le jeu de l’amour et du hasard (2006) and La Surprise de l’amour (2013) , Beaumarchais’ Le Mariage de Figaro (2011), Musset's Lorenzaccio (2009) and On ne badine pas avec l’amour (2013), Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac (2009 & 2014), Claudel's L'Echange (2010) and Partage de midi (2013), Maeterlinck’s La Princesse Maleine (2012), Genet’s Les Bonnes (2011), Ionesco’s La Cantatrice chauve (2010), and Le Roi se meurt (2012), Koltès’ Dans la solitude des champs de coton (2001) and Roberto Zucco (2007), Lagarce's Juste la fin du monde (2008), Wajdi Mouawad’s Incendies (2010), Apollinaire’s Les Mamelles de Tirésias (2013), Duras’s La Musica deuxième, Pommerat’s Ma Chambre froide (2014) & Cet enfant (2015). He has collaborated to Princeton University Center for French Studies, and has lectured on the program of L’Avant-Scène at various institutions. He has brought to Princeton a list of prominent French theater artists to perform or direct master classes such as Guillaume Gallienne, Pascal Rambert, Pierre Niney, Sandy Ouvrier, Loic Corbery, Daniel Mesguich, Clément Hervieu-Léger, Stanislas Roquette, Denis Guénoun, Lukas Hemleb, Nicolas Bouchaud, Arthur Nauzyciel, Audrey Bonnet, Guillaume Vincent, Xavier Gallais, Rodolphe Dana and Benjamin Lazar. Since 2012, Florent has taught Acting in English master classes at the Paris National Conservatory for Dramatic Arts (CNSAD).
This academic year, Florent Masse will direct Lac by Pascal Rambert, Le Dieu du carnage by Yasmina Reza, J’étais dans ma maison et j’attendais que la pluie vienne by Jean-Luc Lagarce, Le Petit chaperon rouge by Joël Pommerat, Lucrèce Borgia by Victor Hugo, and Le Menteur by Corneille. In the early fall of 2015, Florent Masse will produce the fourth annual edition of Seuls en Scène, Princeton French Theater Festival in partnership with the Lewis Center for the Arts. In June and July 2016, he will teach a new Global Seminar for Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies on French theater in practice and performance in Paris and at the 70th Avignon Theater Festival. During the academic year, a new partnership with the drama school of Théâtre National de Strasbourg (TNS) will develop and a master class series offered through the Council of the Humanities will bring to campus a series of specialized French theater artist to come teach at L’Avant-Scène.