French Institute Presents NY Premiere of Barbara Schulz in Les correspondances de Marie-Antoinette 10/24
Chris Fournier (Technical/Lighting Director)
Chris is a graduate of Boston College with a BA in Economics, who currently works for Philips Color Kinetics as the Applications Design Engineering Manager. He specializes in lighting design consultation using LED fixtures for architecture and entertainment. Notable projects include the Empire State Building, New York; Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Washington DC; Prudential Tower and Zakim Bridge, Boston MA; and Sands Casino, Bethlehem PA. Chris also works as a freelance theatrical lighting designer in the Boston area. Recent theatrical design work includes HPT 165: There's Something about Maui, Hasty Pudding Theatricals of Harvard College; Dreamgirls, BlackCast/OFA of Harvard College; Sweeney Todd, HRDC/OFA; Sunday in the Park with George, HRDC; La Calisto, HEMS; and Francis Huster's adaptation of Albert Camus's La Peste, which he performed at FIAF in 2011. In addition, Chris teaches lighting design at several high schools and works as the lighting director for Triboro Youth Theatre and Weston Drama Workshop.
Evelyne Lever (Adaptor/Author)
Evelyne Lever is a leading French historian and author of seven books, including Madame de Pompadour, Philippe Egalité, Louis XVIII, Louis XVI, and Marie-Antoinette, The Last Queen of France.She served as historical consultant on Sofia Coppola's film Marie-Antoinette in 2006. Her adaptation of Marie-Antoinette's letters into a play was first performed as a reading at the Festival de la Correspondance in Grignan, France, in 2007. FTF's production marks the first full theatrical staging of this exciting work.
About The French Theatrical Foundation (FTF)
The French Theatrical Foundation (FTF) is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of French and French-language performing arts. Founded by American producer Ross Mitchell in association with French producer Pascal Legros, FTF brings renowned French performing artists to the United States to present works in French with English supertitles. Its visiting artists also conduct seminars and master classes in universities, high schools and cultural centers in the various cities where its productions are performed. Over the months and years to come, FTF will bring to the United States artistic programs of the highest quality, and representative of the best of current French and French-language theatre, music, and dance. www.frenchtheatre.org