FLORENT MASSE (M.A. Université de Lille III) is a Senior Lecturer and the Director of L’Avant-Scène, the French Theater Workshop. 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 develop, and enrich L’Avant-Scène. He has directed three dozen student productions of both recitals of Classical French theater scenes and full-length productions of some of the most popular and ambitious plays in the French theatrical canon, including: Feydeau’s Le Dindon (2004), 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), Britannicus (2009), and Bérénice (2011), Marivaux’s Le jeu de l’amour et du hasard (2006), Beaumarchais’ Le Mariage de Figaro (2011), Musset's Lorenzaccio (2009), 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), and Apollinaire’s Les Mamelles de Tirésias (2013). 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 campus a list of prominent French theater artists to direct master classes such as Guillaume Gallienne, Sandy Ouvrier, Loic Corbery, Daniel Mesguich, Clément Hervieu-Léger, Stanislas Roquette, Denis Guénoun, Pierre Niney, and Lukas Hemleb.
This academic year, Florent Masse will direct a shortened version of Musset’s On ne badine pas avec l’amour and Marivaux’s La Surprise de l’amour. In the spring of 2014, he will direct Racine’s Phèdre at the Princeton University Art Museum on the occasion of the Phaedra Project organized by Professor Olga Hasty, Feydeau’s Le Dindon to celebrate the play tenth anniversary at L’Avant-Scène, and Joel Pommerat’s Ma chambre froide to celebrate Pommerat’s production of Cindirella at New York Theater Workshop. With Princeton Latin American Studies (PLAS) he will welcome French director Benjamin Lazar to Princeton. He also hopes to bring Joel Pommerat and his artistic team meet the students this spring. In September 2013, Florent Masse will produce Seuls en Scène Princeton’s second French Theater Festival in partnership with the Lewis Center for the Arts to bring to campus actors representing a new generation of French theater artists. Over the past five 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 and Council of the Humanities.
Florent Masse teaches French/Theater 211, French Theater Workshop, in the fall and French 311/Theater 312, Advanced French Theater Workshop in the spring. In the language program, Professor Masse teaches French 108 in the fall, and the intensive intermediate and advanced French course, French 1027 in the spring.