The program in Theater offers courses in acting, directing, playwriting, design, dramaturgy, performance history, and criticism, which are all taught by a distinguished faculty of working artists, critics, and scholars. The program’s 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 throughout history.
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 through a course in theater.
The program offers a season of student-performed productions in the Roger S. Berlind ’52 Theatre at the McCarter Theatre Center and in the on-campus Marie and Edward Matthews ‘53 Acting Studio, as well as other traditional and nontraditional venues on campus. 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. Classes offer trips to New York to see a wide range of performances and working artists visit campus with regularity to share their insights into their art.