Program in Theater at Lewis Center
The program in Theater, the pedagogical wing of Princeton's large and vibrant theater community, offers courses in acting, directing, playwriting, design, dramaturgy, performance history, and criticism - all taught by professional performing artists, critics, and scholars. Our purpose is to familiarize students with both the nature of practical work in theater and the role theater has played, and continues to play, in different cultures at different times. All Princeton students, whether or not they are interested in a career in the arts, are offered the opportunity to immerse themselves in some aspect of the creative process or the history of that process. Classes make trips to New York to see a wide range of performances; working artists visit campus with regularity to share their insights into their art, often as part of the Princeton Atelier or the Lewis Center's Performance Central series.
As part of its artistic and educational mission, the program offers a season of student-acted productions in the Roger Berlind Theatre at The McCarter Theatre Center and in the Marie and Edward Matthews '53 Acting Studio in The Lewis Center for the Arts at 185 Nassau Street. Some of these productions are directed by faculty members or visiting professionals; others are directed by students, usually in connection with their independent work for their certificate in theater. Our Fall Show, the flagship event of the season, offers students the chance to work on a classic or contemporary play with a professional director and design team. Our "senior thesis productions" offer students the opportunity to write, direct, act, or design under the guidance of our professional faculty and staff, as well as to test the skills they have honed in the classroom in the public arena.