Florent Masse (M.A. Université de Lille III) is a Senior Lecturer of French and the Director of L’Avant-Scene, 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-Scene which originally mixes linguistic and dramatic training. At Princeton, Florent Masse has been able to extensively develop, and enrich L’Avant-Scene.
He has directed three dozen student productions, 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 & Les Femmes savantes (2012), Corneille's L'Illusion comique (2010) and Le Cid (2013), Racine’s Andromaque (2005 & 2012), Phèdre (2007), Britannicus (2009) and Berenice (2011), Marivaux’s Le jeu de l’amour et du hasard (2006), Musset's Lorenzaccio (2009), Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac (2009), Claudel's L'Echange (2010) and Partage de midi (2013), 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), Ionesco's La Cantatrice chauve (2010) and Le Roi se meurt (2012), Beaumarchais' Le Mariage de Figaro (2011), Genet's Les Bonnes (2011), Maeterlinck's La Princesse Maleine (2012), and Apollinaire's Les Mamelles de Tiresias (2013). He has collaborated to Princeton University Lewis Center for the Arts, Center for French Studies, Humanities Council, and Art Museum, and has lectured on the program of L’Avant-Scène at various institutions. Since 2012, he has directed Seuls en Scene, Princeton University's annual French theater Festival in collaboration with the Lewis Center for the Arts.