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.

Talk to me about love...

Friday, March 5 from 7pm to 8:30pm, ET
Saturday, March 6, 2021 from 2pm to 3:30pm, ET

Live on the Lycée Français de New York's Facebook page

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 seven 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 2021 performance, we have chosen… "Parlez-moi d'amour" (because that's really what we all need).

With the participation of:

Collège de Montréal, Canada
EFNY, United States
French American School New York, United States
Hewitt High School, United States
Lycée Antoine de Saint-Exupéry de Santiago, Chili
Lycée Condorcet de Sydney, Australia
Lycée Fénelon Paris, France
Lycée Français de New York, United States
Lycée Français René Descartes, Cambodia
Liceo Franco-Mexicano, Mexico
Lycée International de Boston, United States
Lycée Rochambeau de Washington, United States
Nightingale Bamford School, United States
Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child, United States
The Browning School, United States



  • each scene should be between 3 and 7 minutes max.
  • accessories/props must be able to fit in a suitcase.
  • lighting cannot be changed.
  • if this year's edition is virtual, keep it simple - it is the acting that should be emphasized by the cinematographic production.
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Support for the festival is generously made possible by the Cadahemark Foundation.