Since his arrival at Princeton, Professor Masse has used classical and contemporary French theater to teach language and culture, as well as initiate participants into the dramatic arts. The troupe that he founded and directs, L'Avant-scène, produces a number of plays and recitations that involve students who range in fluency from beginners to native speakers, and that complement his curricular offerings and supplement the entirety of the French department's offerings. Professor Masse enhances his on-campus courses and instruction by regularly leading student trips to Paris and Avignon, allowing students to experience French theater first-hand and meet theater professionals in their own milieu. Finally, since 2012 he has organized what has become one of the richest theater festivals in the United States: Seuls en scènes, the Princeton French Theater Festival.
On Thursday, November 30, the lunch discussion will feature a short presentation by Professor Masse, who will talk about how he uses performance to deepen and extend the linguistic and cultural training of his own courses and the department's, followed by ample time for questions and group discussion.