Inauguration of the renovated Theater of the Lycée Français de San Francisco (Press Release)

Inauguration of the Lycée Français de San Francisco Theater (TLF)

March 29th, 2018 | 6:30pm

LFSF Ortega campus, 1201 Ortega Street, San Francisco


Emmanuel TEXIER, Head of School and Erick MOREAU, President of the Board of Trustees are happy to announce the inauguration of the renovated Theater of the Lycée Français de San Francisco on March 29th, 2018 at 6:30pm.

They will be joined by Emmanuel LEBRUN-DAMIENS, Consul General of France, and Katy TANG, representative on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to celebrate ribbon cutting of the renovated space.

Lycée Français de San Francisco Theater (TLF) is a true American-style success story, based on real French know-how. Built in 1979 and acquired by LFSF in 2007, this building is classified as a historical monument and used to be part of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Its 325 seats auditorium has one of the best acoustics in town.

The TLF is a French cultural beacon in the Bay of San Francisco, welcoming renowned artists featured in a professional and eclectic programming. Since 2008, more than 50 shows have been produced on the TLF stage entertaining over 5,000 visitors. Strong of this success, in 2017, the school mobilized its community at large to renovate the auditorium and launched a large fundraising campaign.

The TLF represents a real asset for the school and its students, as well as for the influence of the French language and culture in the region. It allows the institution to fully fulfill its mission as a French educational institution abroad by serving the French community while ensuring the promotion of French culture in the region.

While some of the focus went to stylishly preserving  the mid-century modern beauty of the original theater design, most of the effort was invested on upgrading the sound and lighting system along with the integration of a professional cinema screen allowing the TLF to become both a professional stage and a movie theater.

The renovation of the Théâtre du Lycée Français (TLF) was made possible thanks to a €100.000 gift from the Agency for French Education Abroad (Agence pour l'Enseignement Français à l'Etranger - AEFE). The project also received the generous support of BNP Paribas (Bank of West), the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, and the institution’s entire community.

The Lycée Français de San Francisco (LFSF), one of the main private school of the San Francisco Bay Area, celebrated last year its 50th anniversary. Founded upon principles of internationalism and inclusivity, and accredited by the French Ministry of Education, its unique program helps over 1,000 children, from age 2 through grade 12, build confidence and adaptability in an ever-changing environment. By emphasizing intellectual curiosity, critical thinking and integrity, the Lycée Français de San Francisco prepares students to realize their potential and positively impact their world.

LFSF is a part of the vast international AEFE network, under the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs that counts close to 500 schools in 130 countries.  It is also accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS), the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

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