Lewis Center for the Arts programming takes place at multiple locations on campus including the Lewis Arts complex, 185 Nassau Street, McCarter Theatre Center, and other venues.
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ALEXANDER BRIDGE CLOSURE
Alexander Street, between Lawrence Drive in Princeton and Canal Pointe Boulevard in West Windsor, will close for about six months beginning on Wednesday, November 6, 2019, for road construction.
Construction won’t prohibit traveling to campus, but it will make it more time consuming. Traffic congestion from all routes to campus during peak times (weekdays, 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.) will be higher than normal. Drivers traveling to campus along Route 1 will see the greatest delays.
Visit bridgeclosure.princeton.edu for the most current information on detour routes, parking, and tips for planning your visit to campus.
Metered parking on Princeton streets is limited to one or two hours in most cases and operates from Mon.-Thurs. 9 AM-8 PM, Fri.-Sat. 9 AM-9PM, Sun. 1-8 PM. There are some streets with longer-term parking meters that are within easy walking distance of 185 Nassau Street. Parking regulations are strictly enforced.
Three municipal parking garages that charge a fee are located on Chambers, Hulfish and Spring streets in downtown Princeton.
NJ Transit Northeast Corridor trains stop at Princeton Junction Station with rail connection via the “Dinky” train from Princeton Junction to the Princeton Station at the University. NJ Transit buses also stop at multiple locations adjacent to the campus. For more information on public transportation visit http://www.princeton.edu/parking/pubtrans.html
The A, D, E, F, H, S and W lines stop at Princeton Station or the West Garage, both adjacent to the Arts Complex and Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center. The D, E and H lines stop at 201 Nassau St., next door to 185 Nassau St. For schedule and routes of shuttle buses visit http://www.princeton.edu/parking/tigertransit.html. TigerTransit On-demand Service is available by calling 609.258.RIDE (7433) / Seven days a week, 10 pm–3 am (academic year only). Taxis are also available from the train station.
Northbound NJ TRANSIT trains passing through Princeton Junction provide direct service to New York City and Newark Liberty International Airport. A southbound transfer to the SEPTA regional rail Trenton Line train at Trenton provides service to Philadelphia.
Amtrak trains connect Princeton Junction to Washington, D.C., Boston and the broader region.
LEWIS ARTS COMPLEX — Programs in Dance, Theater + Music Theater, and Princeton Atelier
The new Lewis Arts complex, which opened fall 2017, is home to the Programs in Dance, Theater and Music Theater, and the Princeton Atelier. The complex includes the Wallace Dance Building and Theater, which houses the Wallace Black Box Theater, the Hearst Dance Theater, and several other theater and dance studios some of which are also used for public performances; the Arts Tower, which houses the Hurley Gallery, the CoLab, a dance studio, a seminar room, the Dance & Theater Library, and administrative offices and is home to the Princeton Atelier; and the New Music Building, which houses the Lee Music Performance and Rehearsal Room, the Princeton Laptop Orchestra studio, a Lee Jazz Studio, and two floors of instrumental studios and practice rooms. View floor plans
TRANSPORTATION/PARKING FOR THE ARTS COMPLEX
The arts complex is across the drive from the NJ Transit Princeton Station, the metered transit parking lot, and the West Garage. The Garage is open and free to the public evenings and weekends with accessible spaces on each level, served by an elevator. Parking is also available anytime in Visitor Lot 20 (free parking) or at meters on University Place and Alexander Street, including disability-designated spaces available on a first-come, first-served basis for vehicles with handicapped placards and/or license plates.
GETTING TO THE ARTS COMPLEX
From the train station, West Garage, Visitor Lot 20, and transit parking lot, sidewalks with curb cuts lead to the Forum level entrance. The Forum functions as a lobby for the main venues and as a gathering and informal performance space.
The complex is also accessible from the Plaza level, on the same elevation as McCarter Theatre Center’s Berlind Theater and the nearby restaurants, Cargot Brasserie and the Dinky Bar and Kitchen. From campus walkways, sidewalks and metered parking on University Place and Alexander Street, curb cuts provide access to the Plaza level. From the Plaza one can enter at the base of the Arts Tower (this is also the location of the exterior Roth Box Office); into the main entrance to the New Music Building; and into the Wallace Dance Building and Theater on flat walkways.
Two elevators in the Forum go to all other floors in the Wallace Dance Building and Theater and the Arts Tower. One level up on the mezzanine level is the Hurley Gallery. To access the Gallery from the elevator, go to the double doors ahead and to the left. Another elevator in the Forum provides access to all other floors in the New Music Building. Elevators are nearby the other entrances to the arts complex buildings, which serve all floors of the complex’s buildings. Review accessibility details
185 NASSAU STREET — Program in Visual Arts
185 Nassau St. was converted from an elementary school many years ago and houses the Marie and Edward Matthews ’53 Acting Studio for theater performances and other presentations, Hagan Studio for exhibitions, and James Stewart Film Theater for film screenings, lectures and panel discussions — all on the first floor — and the Lucas Gallery on the second floor. In addition, larger classrooms are sometimes used for small public lectures, and the annual Open Studios event provides a behind-the-scenes look at the art studios of Visual Arts juniors and seniors throughout the building. View on map
TRANSPORTATION/PARKING FOR 185 NASSAU STREET
Limited free parking is available adjacent to 185 Nassau Street in Lot 10 (after 4:30 p.m. on weekdays and from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. on weekends) or in Lots 21 and 23 on the Princeton campus.
GETTING TO 185 NASSAU STREET
The primary public entrance is from Lot 10; the Nassau Street/front door is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and usually for events scheduled in the building after regular business hours.
MARIE AND EDWARD MATTHEWS ’53 ACTING STUDIO, 1ST FLOOR
This black box theater, which can seat up to 99, is configured in different ways for different productions with chairs that can be moved by house staff. The chairs are most often arrayed on risers with steps, but chairs or spaces for wheelchairs are also usually available on the floor. Patrons are encouraged to call in advance to inquire about the seating set-up, reserve a floor-level seat or wheelchair space (with companion seating) or let the house staff know of your need when you arrive (please try to arrive at least 15 minutes before curtain time).
The ticket counter serving the Acting Studio is somewhat high. If the counter height is not convenient, box office staff will come out to the lobby to serve you.
JAMES STEWART FILM THEATER, 1ST FLOOR
This 230-seat film theater is used for screenings, lectures and panel discussions. Entrance is from the back of the theater. The theater has raked fixed-chair seating reached via steps with spaces for wheelchair and companion seating in the top row.
HAGAN STUDIO, 1ST FLOOR
This is a gallery and exhibition space. Exhibitions may sometimes include three-dimensional works on the floor of the gallery, however effort is made to assure full access around and through the exhibition and to provide markers of work that may extend out from the walls.
LUCAS GALLERY, 2ND FLOOR
The Gallery can be reached via elevator from the 1st floor. Exhibitions may sometimes include three-dimensional works on the floor of the gallery, however effort is made to assure full access around and through the exhibition and to provide markers of work that may extend out from the walls.
BERLIND THEATRE at McCarter Theatre Center
The Lewis Center shares the 350-seat Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center with the Tony Award-winning McCarter Theatre. In addition to the theatre, small-scale performances care sometimes held in the Berlind Rehearsal Room, just off the Berlind Theatre’s downstairs lobby. View on map
TRANSPORTATION/PARKING FOR MCCARTER THEATRE CENTER
The same transportation and parking for the arts complex are available for the Berlind Theatre. Find further information at https://www.mccarter.org/plan-your-visit/getting-here/
NEW SOUTH — Program in Creative Writing
The Program in Creative Writing’s seminar rooms and library are located on the 6th floor of New South. A theater and dance studio, which are sometimes the site of small-scale performances, are located on the ground floor of New South. View on map
TRANSPORTATION/PARKING FOR NEW SOUTH
New South is adjacent to the Lewis Arts complex, located across the drive from the NJ Transit Princeton Station, the metered transit parking lot, and the West Garage. The Garage is open and free to the public evenings and weekends with accessible spaces on each level, served by an elevator. Parking is also available anytime in Visitor Lot 20 (free parking) or at meters on University Place and Alexander Street, including disability-designated spaces available on a first-come, first-served basis for vehicles with handicapped placards and/or license plates.
Other spaces and venues where you may find Lewis Center programming include:
- Richardson Auditorium
- Chancellor Green Rotunda
- Frist Theater at Frist Campus Center
- Princeton Garden Theatre
Most of the events at the Lewis Center are free, with no tickets required. Lewis Center events held at the Berlind Theatre are generally ticketed through the McCarter Theatre Center Box Office. All other events are usually ticketed through Princeton University Ticketing. Registration for events requiring advance reservation can usually be done through the event page on the Lewis Center website.
» To learn more about other arts events and accommodations in Princeton, see visitprinceton.org.
» To learn more about other arts events in New Jersey, visit Discover Jersey Arts.