FLORENT MASSE is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of French and Italian and the Director of L’Avant-Scène, the French Theater Workshop. 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 entities. He has directed about forty full-lenght 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, 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), 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), Joël 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, Sandy Ouvrier, Loic Corbery, Daniel Mesguich, Clément Hervieu-Léger, Stanislas Roquette, Denis Guénoun, Pierre Niney, Lukas Hemleb, Nicolas Bouchaud, Arthur Nauzyciel, Audrey Bonnet, Xavier Gallais and Benjamin Lazar. Since 2012, he has served as artistic director of the newly created Princeton French Theater Festival, Seuls en Scène.
This academic year, Florent Masse will direct La Musica deuxième by Marguerite Duras, Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand and Cet Enfant by Joël Pommerat. In September 2014, Florent Masse will produce the third annual edition of Seuls en Scène, Princeton French Theater Festival in partnership with the Lewis Center for the Arts to bring to campus actors representing a new leading generation of French theater artists. Over the past seven years, he has also developed various exchanges between Princeton University and the Paris National Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, as well as partnership initiatives with Princeton Lewis Center for the Arts, Art Museum, Council of the Humanities, and Latin American Studies (PLAS).