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Lewis Center for the Arts


Michael W. Cadden


Jill S. Dolan, also English, Theater

Jeffrey Eugenides, also Creative Writing

Su Friedrich, also Visual Arts

Chang-rae Lee, also Creative Writing

Susan Marshall, also Dance

Paul B. Muldoon, also Creative Writing

Joyce Carol Oates, also Creative Writing

James Richardson,  Creative Writing

Joseph S. Scanlan, also Visual Arts

P. Adams Sitney, also Visual Arts

Edmund V. White, also Creative Writing

Stacy E. Wolf, also Theater

Visiting Professor

James Welling, Visual Arts

Associate Professor

Susan Wheeler, also Creative Writing

Assistant Professor

Tracy K. Smith, also Creative Writing

Brian E. Herrera, also Theater

Senior Lecturer

Michael W. Cadden, also Theater

Rebecca J. Lazier, also Dance

Lecturer with Rank of Professor

Sarah E. Charlesworth, also Visual Arts

C. K. Williams, also Creative Writing


Emily Abt, Visual Arts

Eve M. Aschheim, Visual Arts

Sofie H. Backstrom, Visual Arts

Louis V. Cameron, Visual Arts

Susan M. Choi, Creative Writing

Tina Fehlandt, Dance

James Fenton, Creative Writing

Martha Friedman, Visual Arts

Jennifer Gilmore, Creative Writing

Dyane Harvey Salaam, Dance

Daniel Heyman, Visual Arts

Amy M. Homes, Creative Writing

Kurt Kauper, Visual Arts

David E. Kelley, Creative Writing

Christina Lazaridi, Creative Writing

Fiona Maazel, Creative Writing

Sarah Manguso, Creative Writing

Maaza Mengiste, Creative Writing

Erica S. Nagel, Theater

Mark S. Nelson, Theater

Idra Novey, Creative Writing

John Rando, Theater

David Reinfurt, Visual Arts

Keith Sanborn, Visual Arts

Robert N. Sandberg, Theater

Laurie Sheck, Creative Writing

Aynsley L. Vandenbroucke, Dance

Timothy K. Vasen, Theater

Arch C. Whitehead, Creative Writing

Katherine J. Whoriskey, Theater

Hodder Fellow

James P. Arthur, Creative Writing

Melinda Moustakis, Creative Writing

Yasmine El Rashidi, Creative Writing

A. Rey Pamatmat, Theater

The Lewis Center for the Arts is an academic unit made up of the programs in creative writing, dance, theater, and visual arts and the Princeton Atelier. It is designed to put the creative and performing arts at the heart of the Princeton experience. This initiative is based on the conviction that exposure to the arts, particularly to the experience of making art, helps each of us make sense of our lives and the lives of our neighbors to further its mission. The Lewis Center for the Arts has established close links to the Center for African American Studies, School of Architecture, Department of Art and Archaeology, Council of the Humanities, Department of Comparative Literature, Department of English, Department of Music, Princeton University Art Museum, and McCarter Theatre Center. Students concentrating in molecular biology or mechanical engineering will be heartened to find that chemistry and physics, not to speak of mathematics, are all central to the idea of art making. Students who are first and foremost interested in choreography, costume design, screen writing, printmaking, photography, painting, poetry, or fiction writing, or indeed any aspect of the creative or performing arts, will discover that Princeton's faculty and facilities are second to none.

Academic Opportunities in the Creative and Performing Arts

Certificate Programs. The certificate programs in creative writing, dance, theater, and visual arts are offered under the auspices of the Lewis Center for the Arts, while the certificate Program in Musical Performance is offered under the auspices of the Department of Music. For information about their individual programs of study and course offerings, please refer to their separate entries in this catalog.

Academic Concentrations Involving Creative Work. Various academic departments offer special opportunities and tracks that involve creative work. The Department of English offers academic concentrations in English and creative writing and in English and theater (see Program 4 and Program 5, respectively). The Department of Art and Archaeology offers a concentration in history of art and the visual arts. The Department of Comparative Literature offers the opportunity to incorporate creative work in Program D, comparative work in literary study and the creative arts. For more information about these opportunities, please refer to the specific department entries in this catalog.

University Scholar Program. Finally, the University Scholar Program is designed for "a small group of students with outstanding and demonstrated talent in an academic or creative area that requires a substantial commitment of time and that cannot be pursued within the regular curriculum," such as artists who are already balancing the demands of a professional career with their educational requirements.

Other Opportunities in the Arts

The Department of Music offers musical performance courses, opportunities for private vocal and instrumental lessons, and special technical, electroacoustic, and computer facilities. In addition, the University has a broad array of opportunities for qualified students to participate in various University ensembles. These mostly extracurricular activities include, but are not limited to, the Princeton University Glee Club, Chamber Choir, Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Opera Theater, Marching Band, and Wind Ensemble.

The Princeton University Art Museum is a teaching museum for the Department of Art and Archaeology as well as a cultural resource for the entire University and surrounding community. Its holdings range from ancient to contemporary art, with outstanding collections of prints, drawings, and photographs.

Visiting Artists and Fellows

The Lewis Center for the Arts eventually will be the home of the Society of Fellows in the Arts, bringing to campus some of the most exciting artists and performers--and scholars of art and performance--of our era. The center already administers the Hodder Fellowships, which bring to campus artists in the early stages of their careers to spend an academic year pursuing independent projects.

Princeton Atelier

The Princeton Atelier is a unique program that brings together professional artists from different disciplines to create new work in the context of a seminar/workshop with Princeton students. A painter might team with a composer, a choreographer might join with an electrical engineer, a company of theater artists might engage with environmental scientists, or a poet might connect with a pianist. How do artists who work in different media create art together? How do their different practices, experiences, methods, and assumptions influence each other's art making? Each Atelier finds entirely new and original answers to these questions; each Atelier creates something never done before. These multidisciplinary collaborations include Princeton students as witnesses to the creative process, as participants in the new work, and as developing artists in their own rights.

The Princeton Atelier offers up to four courses a year taught by at least two emerging or distinguished professional guest artists across disciplines or media. Unlike studio courses in other programs, Atelier courses are onetime events built around the visiting artists' newest work and current preoccupations. As the artists negotiate their collaborative partnership, they share their expertise and experience with students. Atelier courses typically include reading assignments and creative projects; the day-to-day activities usually include both discussion and "action." Although Ateliers are process oriented, they almost always culminate in a work-in-progress reading, showing, exhibition, or performance of some kind. Students across all years, majors, and areas of interest are welcome to take Atelier courses.

The Princeton Atelier brings guest artists from various fields to campus in order to collaborate with students and faculty on creating new work. Atelier courses emphasize the creative process, although all courses result in some form of performance or exhibition. Courses are by application, audition, or portfolio review and are open to all students. At least two ATL courses are offered every fall and every spring, and every ATL course is cross-listed with another program or department. Please see each semester's course listings and the Atelier website for specific courses.


ATL 494 Princeton Atelier (also THR 494)   LA

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ATL 495 Princeton Atelier   LA

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ATL 496 Princeton Atelier (also MUS 496)   LA

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ATL 497 Princeton Atelier (also VIS 497/ARC 497)   LA

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ATL 498 Princeton Atelier (also DAN 451)   LA

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ATL 499 Princeton Atelier (also THR 499)   LA

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