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.


Friday, February 3 & Saturday, February 4 , 2023

> Friday, 6 pm : Y11 & Y12 
> Saturday, 10 am : Y4 & Y8 
> Saturday, 4 pm : Y9 & Y10 

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 2023 performance, we have chosen… "Beauty".

Students will have the opportunity to explore "beauty" in all its many manifestations. La Beauté qui nous subjugue au premier regard, beauté de l'âme, et beauté du monde. The beauty that captivates us at first sight, the beauty of the soul, and the beauty of the world. After two challenging years, this theme is a wonderful opportunity for students to think and define the term and reflect on beauty as an abstract concept, something lived and experienced in their lives, or something aspirational. 


With the participation of...

  • Académie Marie-Claire, Canada
  • Browning School, États-Unis
  • Cité Scolaire Frison-Roche Chamonix, France
  • Collège de Montréal, Canada
  • EFNY, États-Unis
  • High Tech High School, États-Unis
  • French American School New York, États-Unis
  • Lycée Fénelon Paris, France
  • Lycée Français de New York, États-Unis
  • Lycée International de Boston, États-Unis
  • Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child, États-Unis
  • Lycée Lyautey de Casablanca, Maroc 
  • International Community High School 
  • Lycée International Louis Pasteur de Calgary, Canada 
  • Nightingale-Bamford High School


  • 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.