Student Festivals

Première Scène | Theater Festival

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.

Watch Première Scène 2024 Live!

Human !?

Friday, February 2 & Saturday, February 3 , 2024

> Friday, 6 pm : Y11 & Y12 (tickets) Program of Performances
> Saturday, 10 am : Y4 to Y8 (tickets) Program of Performances
> Saturday, 4 pm : Y9 & Y10 (tickets)
Program of Performances

We thank the Cahademark Foundation for their generous support of Festival Première Scène.
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.

Each, performances have one thing in coming: a theme that changes every year.

For the 2024 performance, we have chosen… "Human !?".
For this exceptional festival, French writer Marc Levy has accepted to be President of the Jury.

The teacher play (I Love New York) will be back on Friday, February 2, at 8 pm and Saturday, February 3, at 12 pm and 6 pm.
    • Première Scène 2024 - Humain


With the participation of...

  • Académie Marie-Claire, Canada*
  • Browning School, US
  • Collège International Marie de France, Canada
  • Collège de Montréal, Canada
  • École Français de New York (EFNY @PS 84), US
  • French American School of New York (FASNY), US
  • French-American Academy, US
  • Greenwich Country Day School, US
  • High Tech High, US
  • International Community High School in the Bronx, US
  • International School of Boston, US
  • Lycée Français de New York, US
  • Lycée Français de San Francisco, US
  • Lycée Frison Roche, France*
  • Lycée International de Londre (Winston Churchill), UK
  • Lycée Français de Toronto, Canada
  • Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child, US
  • Nightingale-Bamford High School, US
  • United Nations International School, US
* via livestream


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