Florent Masse

Senior Lecturer
Director of L'Avant-Scène
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Office Location: 
029B East Pyne
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11:00 am-12:00 pm
11:00 am-12:00 pm


Florent Masse is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of French and Italian and the Director of L’Avant-Scène, the French Theater Workshop. Since 2012, he has served as Artistic Director of Seuls en Scène, Princeton French Theater Festival that he has produced annually in partnership with the Lewis Center for the Arts. He earned a master’s degree in American Literature and Civilization at the University of Lille and trained as an actor and director at Lille National Theater with Daniel Mesguich. Later he 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, he has developed and enriched L’Avant-Scène’s curricular and co-curricular programs. He has directed more than sixty full-length productions of popular and celebrated plays in the French theatrical canon, including plays by Feydeau, Molière, Racine, Corneille, Claudel, Marivaux, Musset, Ionesco, Lagarce, Koltès and Pommerat. He has initiated several enrichment programs abroad for his students and has brought to Princeton a list of prominent French theater artists to perform, direct master classes or teach for a semester. In January 2017, he was named Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by French Minister of Culture Audrey Azoulay for his attachment to French culture and his action in favor of its promotion in the United States.

Current Projects

This academic year, Florent Masse will direct online On ne badine pas avec l'amour by Musset, Le Malade imaginaire by Molière, and Berlin mon garçon by Marie NDiaye. In the early fall of 2020, Florent Masse will produce the ninth annual edition of Seuls en Scène, Princeton French Theater Festival in partnership with the Lewis Center for the Arts. This edition of the festival will be entirely virtual. Highlights will include works and contributions by Marion Siéfert, Mathieu Bareyre, Penda Diouf, Aristide Tarnagda, Sandy Ouvrier, Astrid Bayiha, Mohamed El Khatib, Émilie Rousset, Louise Hémon and Jonathan Capdevielle.