Free Virtual Performance for Kids
She No Princess, He No Hero

Conception and direction by Johanny Bert

LIVE on Zoom and Facebook

New Date: Saturday, June 20, 2020
11am ET

Join us for the newly revised online version of FIAF’s beloved play She No Princess, He No Hero!

This engaging virtual performance for families will be broadcast LIVE on Zoom and Facebook with kids able to interact with the actors during the performance and post-show Q&A.

Leïli (Marleny Heredia) and Nils (Zan VaiLento) are in the same class. Leïli likes to hunt, dress like boys, and gel her short hair. Nils likes to wear his hair long, shows his emotions, and is not physically strong. Neither conforms to gendered roles that society dictates. Told through the voices of Leïli and Nils, this intimate and poignant theater piece transports the audience into the mind of young boys and girls confronting the cultural stereotypes imposed on them as they come of age.

Conceived by celebrated French director Johanny Bert and based on a text by acclaimed French playwright Magali Mougel, the performance unfolds in two parts, one side narrated by Leïli, the other by Nils. Like a puzzle, the pieces come together allowing the audience to deconstruct clichés about identity.

Following its world premiere at FIAF during the 2019 TILT Kids Festival, She No Princess, He No Hero toured in New York City’s public schools for more than a year, receiving fantastic feedback from students and teachers alike.

In English
Duration 40 minutes followed by a Q&A
Recommended for ages 7 & up

Photo Challenge: Wanderer Above The Sea Of Fog

Entries must be submitted by June 25.

During the play, we learn how artist Caspar David Friedrich’s work Wanderer Above The Sea Of Fog inspired Nils and Leïli. Now it’s your turn to be inspired!

Recreate the painting, bringing it to life with items from your home. Take a photograph of your work and share it with us for a chance to win special prizes.

Email your entry to Please include your name, age, and ‘FIAF Photo Challenge’ in the email’s subject line.

1st Prize
A framed print of your winning picture signed by actors Marleny Heredia and Zan VaiLento; a delicious pack of cookies* from Michel et Augustin (flavor of your choice); a book

2nd Prize
A delicious pack of cookies* from Michel et Augustin (flavor of your choice)

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    • FIAF will select two entries as the winners of the challenge (1st Prize and 2nd Prize). Winners will be contacted via email on June 26. The winning entries will be displayed on FIAF’s Instagram.

      Entries will be evaluated based on the following criteria: photograph’s overall effectiveness in replicating Wanderer Above The Sea Of Fog; creativity; originality; and quality of photo

      All entries must be devoid of explicit violence, adult and/or sexual content, hateful imagery, use of drugs.

      No purchase necessary to participate in the Photo Challenge. The Photo Challenge is open to all, adults and children alike. FIAF employees and their families are welcome to participate but will be barred from compensation or prize.

Cast & Creative Team

Marleny Heredia (Leïli)
Zan VaiLento (Nils)

Creative Team
Conception and direction by Johanny Bert
Assistant director: Dylan Ungaretta
Text commissioned from Magali Mougel
Translation by Christopher Campbell
Illustrations: Michael Ribaltchenko
Props & costumes: Thibaut Fack
Administration, production, touring: Mathieu Hilléreau and Les Indépendances
Produced by the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF)
With the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy