The mission of the French Theatrical Foundation is to nurture the centuries-old friendship between France and the United States through the medium of French-language theatre and other performing arts.
We bring leading French performing artists and directors to the United States, where they present the best of contemporary and classical theatre in French with projected English translations. The founders of the organization, American producer Ross Mitchell and French producer Pascal Legros, believed that French theatre could thrive in the United States. In 2011, they proved their hunch was right by inviting renowned French actor, Francis Huster, to perform his lauded theatrical adaptation of Albert Camus’s “The Plague.” This production played to sold-out audiences at the French Embassy’s theatre in Washington D.C., at Suffolk University’s Modern Theatre in Boston, and at the French Institute/Alliance Français’s Gould Theatre in New York City.
We recently presented the world premiere of a one-woman show based on the letters of Marie Antoinette. In this show, the well-known French theatre and film actress, Barbara Schulz, took the audience on Marie-Antoinette's fascinating journey from teenage bride in an arranged marriage to desperate and broken queen, hours before her execution. Written by historian Evelyne Lever and directed by Katherine Adamov, Marie-Antoinette, In Her Own Words was presented in Boston, New York, Washington D.C., and San Francisco.
In addition to presenting theatrical productions, we sponsor master classes and seminars at various universities and institutions in our host cities, to give students a rare opportunity to interact with world-class French theatre professionals. We invite you to check back often for updates and more information as we grow.
The French Theatrical Foundation is a recognized non-profit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. All donations made to the foundation are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.