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Première Scène

Now in its 19th year, Première Scène welcomes students from across the New York area, US, France and Canada for a two-day juried competition that celebrates the language and cultures of France and Francophonie.

Première Scène - A Festival of French Theater

Première Scène is a unique opportunity for students who already speak French or are learning French to immerse themselves in French language and culture. Many participants have only studied French for a year or two, and the Festival presents them with an exciting challenge and opportunity to learn lines, delve into the meaning of words and phrases, perform in front of their families in a new foreign language, and meet and learn from new friends in French. New York City public schools offering a dual-language programs as well as French Heritage schools are represented among the participants.

Various prizes are awarded by the festival jury including best play, best male and female performance, and best original work.

Support for the festival is generously made possible by the Cadahemark Foundation.

From January Friday 26 to Saturday 27, 2018
For this 2018 edition, we are pleased to welcome the French actress Charlotte de Turckheim as president of the jury. She will also present her famous show "Une journée chez ma mère" on Friday evening.