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), and L'Avare (2009), Corneille's L'Illusion comique (2010), 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), Maeterlinck’s La Princesse Maleine (2012), Genet’s Les Bonnes (2011), Ionesco’s La Cantatrice chauve (2010)& Le Roi se meurt (2012), Koltès’ Dans la solitude des champs de coton (2001), Roberto Zucco (2007), Lagarce's Juste la fin du monde (2008) and Wajdi Mouawad’s Incendies (2010). He has collaborated to Princeton University Center for French Studies at Princeton, and has lectured on the program of L’Avant-Scène at various institutions.
This academic year, Florent Masse directs a new Festival Molère consisting of L’École des femmes (October 2012), and a shortened version of Les Femmes savantes. Later this year, he will direct Le Cid by Corneille to be performed at the Princeton University Art Museum (February 2013). In the spring of 2013, he will direct Partage de Midi by Paul Claudel to be performed outdoors, and the surrealist play by Apollinaire: Les Mamelles de Tirésias on the occasion of an international colloquium on the year 1913 organized by Effie Rentzou and André Benhaim. In September 2012, Florent Masse will produce Seuls en Scène Princeton’s first French Theater Festival in partnership with the Lewis Center for the Arts and bring to campus actors representing a new generation of French theater artists. Over the past four 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 Humanities Council.
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.