Middlebury Language School Graduate Programs


Sonia Ristic


Born in 1972 in Belgrade, Sonia Ristić grew up between the former Yugoslavia and Africa; she has lived in Paris since 1991.  After her studies in Literature and Theatre, she became an actress and assistant director.  At the same time, she has worked with several prominent NGOs, specifically dealing with actions surrounding the wars in the former Yugoslavia and human rights issues. 

With the collective Théâtre du Verre, she directed many of her own plays, as well as collective pieces.  In 2004, she created her own company, Seulement pour les fous, and staged her plays Le temps qu'il fera demain (What Tomorrow Holds) and Quatorze minutes de danse (14-Minute Dance).  She regularly holds writing and acting seminars in France and abroad.  The majority of her plays have been published, performed, or read on air. 

She is the recipient of grants from the Centre National du Livre (2005 and 2008), the Minister of Culture (2006), the Centre National du Théâtre (2007), the Fondation Beaumarchais/Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques (2008), the Région Île-de-France (2010 and 2011), and has won numerous awards for her writing.

Sniper Avenue, Quatorze minutes de danse, Le temps qu'il fera demain - plays, L'espace d'un instant (2007)
Là-bas, ici (Here, there) - play, Ed. de la Gare (2008)
Orages (Storms) - novel, Actes Sud Junior (2008)
L'histoire de la princesse (The Story of the Princess) - play, forthcoming publication by Lansman Publishing Company
La représentation de Hamlet au village de Mrdusa-d'en bas (The Performance of Hamlet in the village of Lower-Mrdusa), by Ivo Bresan - translated and adapted, Espace d'un instant (2009)
Le Phare (The Lighthouse) - play, Lansman/TARMAC series (2009)
L'enfance dans un seau percé (Childhood in a Leaky Bucket) - play, Lansman (2011)
Migrants - play
Johnny-Misère (Johnny Misery) - children's play

Les petits philosophes (The little philosophers) - children's play

Lettres de Beyrouth (Letters from Beirut) - chronicles, Lansman (2012)

+ Numerous short stories, articles and essays




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FREN 3450 - Theater and Language      

This course aims at developing ease and fluidity of oral communication in French. With support of three contemporary Francophone plays, students will discover the French languages diversity by working on pronunciation, quality of their voice, gesture, breathing...

The course will be articulated in a dynamic, participative and creative way around three axes:
1)Dramaturgic study of texts: reading, discussion, analyze;
2)Exercises stemming from the theatrical pedagogy to improve the qualities of articulation, pronunciation, memorization, verbal ease and public speaking;
3)Staging extracts of the studied plays, which will close the course

Required Texts:
1) Sonia Ristic; Le pahre, ISBN: 978-2-87282-731-2;Edition Lansman
2) José Pliya; Barack Obama de la race en Amérique; ISBN:
978-2-87282-774-9; Edition Lansman
3) Gustave Akakpo; Même les chevaliers tombent dans l’oubli;
ISBN: 978-2-330-03113-8; Actes Sud

Summer 2010, Summer 2012, Summer 2013

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