Culture for Students
Student Festivals

Première Scène

Launched in 1999, the Lycée's annual competition of French theater welcomes over 400 students, ages 10-18, from schools across the U.S., Canada and France. This event is a yearly highlight for New York’s francophone community.

Mirrors and Windows

Friday, March 4 and Saturday, March 5, 2022

Watch it live, right here
Première Scène is a unique opportunity for students who already speak French or are learning the language to master lines and delve into the meaning of words and phrases in French language and culture. Each year, participants create their own work or present excerpted work in plays of five minutes or less with a minimal decor. It's an exciting challenge and opportunity to meet and learn from new friends in French.

Whether texts from the repertoire or original compositions, sketches, mini dramas or comedies, the presentations all have one thing in common: a theme that changes every year.

For the 2022 performance, we have chosen… "Miroirs et Fenêtres" (theater prop, the fourth wall, space within and beyond, self and others...).


With the participation of...

  • Académie Marie-Claire, Canada
  • Browning School, United States
  • Cité Scolaire Frison-Roche Chamonix, France
  • Collège de Montréal, Canada
  • Community International High School, United States
  • EFNY, United States
  • French American Academy, United States
  • High Tech High School, United States
  • French American School New York, United States
  • Lycée Antoine de Saint-Exupéry de Santiago, Chile
  • Lycée Fénelon Paris, France
  • Lycée Français de New York, United States
  • Lycée Français René Descartes, Cambodia
  • Lycée International de Boston, United States
  • Nightingale Bamford School, United States
  • Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child, United States


  • Each scene should not exceed a duration of 5 minutes.
  • Accessories/props must be able to fit in a suitcase.
  • Lighting cannot be changed.
  • If you submit a video, keep it simple - it is the acting that should be emphasized by the cinematographic production.
  • Film landscape format (.mov in 1920 x 1080).
  • No graphic titles.
  • Possibility of using royalty-free music.
  • Submission of videos by January 26, 2022 at the latest.
For more information please contact or
Support for the festival is generously made possible by the Cadahemark Foundation.