50th Anniversary of Undergraduate Co-Education at Princeton Theater Project

Project conceived by Jane Cox and Suzanne Agins

The first undergraduate co-ed class arrived at Princeton University in the fall of 1969. In celebration of this milestone in 2019, the Program in Theater is facilitating journalistic research by three generations of Princeton women—current students, professional artist alumnae, and the first generation of graduating women—to culminate in a theatrical event exploring the experiences of women at the University.

Students will be paired with professional artist alumnae to research and create new, short performances about women who graduated from Princeton in the first few years of co-education at Princeton.

The process, led by Theater Director Jane Cox and Lecturer in Theater Suzanne Agins, will take place steadily over the 2019-20 academic year and will culminate in evenings of performance in the Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center in April 2020 and at Reunions 2020. Agins, a Princeton alumna and professional director, will help the student-alumnae pairs to weave the resulting short pieces into a full-length evening of theater.

This project is a recipient of a 2019-20 David A. Gardner ’69 Magic Grant for innovation and a grant from the Princeton Histories Fund.


  • Gwynn MacDonald ’87, Patricia Chen ’20 and Rosamond van Wingerden ’20 — interviewing Helena Novokova 72
  • Whitney Mosery ’08 and Glenna Galarion ’21 — interviewing Tina De Varon ’78
  • Ronee Penoi ’07 and Paige Allen ’21 — interviewing Carla Gail Wilson ’71
  • Cara Reichel ’96, Kateryn McReynolds ’20 and Vydhourie Thiyageswaran ’21 — interviewing Debra Meloy-Elmegreen ’75
  • Marisol Rosa-Shapiro ’07, Haydon John ’21 and Katharine Matthias ’21 — interviewing Helen Lee Zia ’73
  • Najla Said ’96 and Leila Abou-Jaoude ’22 — interviewing Alice Eve Cohen ’76
  • Jill Sigman ’89, GS ’98, Wesley Cornwell ’16 and Victoria Davidjohn ’19 — creating a movement piece with lighting and set design
  • Kay-Megan Washington ’88, Eliana Cohen-Orth ’21 and Magdalena Poost ’22 — interviewing Vera Marcus ’72



  • Jane Shidler — Alumna Ambassador
  • Suzanne Agins — Director
  • Fara Dhaboiwala — History Department Advisor
  • Jessica Mack — Primary Researcher
  • Nina Gilbert ’76 — Advisory Council
  • Pamela Houghtaling ’71 — Advisory Council
  • Alisa Matlovsky ’76 — Advisory Council
  • Judith Schaeffer ’76 — Advisory Council
  • Barbara Schottenfeld ’78 — Advisory Council
  • Debbie Teegarden ’71 — Advisory Council
  • Joy Vrooman Sayen ’76 — Advisory Council
  • Jessica DelVecchio ’98 — Research Committee
  • Sue Macy ’76 — Research Committee
  • Sister Smith ’88 — Research Committee

* ‘ behind name denotes Princeton class year


History of Women at Princeton University — Princeton University Library

“50 Years Ago, Princeton Trustees Voted to Admit Women as Undergraduates”Princeton Alumni Weekly



Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center · Presented by: Program in Music TheaterProgram in Theater

The Programs in Theater and Music Theater present this special collaborative project between students, artist alumnae and the first generation of women who studied at Princeton. Directed by faculty member Suzanne Agins; conceived by Jane Cox and Suzanne Agins.