Theater

Student Resources

RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS

The Programs in Theater and Music Theater have a variety of resources available for current certificate students and students generally interested in theater and music theater.

 

READING LISTS

The first reading list of suggested plays includes 50 plays students should know from many centuries and countries. The second reading list is a working list of BIPOC-authored plays and musicals that feature multi-racial casts and/or opportunities for open casting.

View the Reading List of Suggested Plays »

View the Working List of BIPOC-Authored Plays and Musicals »

 


PROPOSING FOR THE THEATER SEASON

Each year, the theater and music theater programs develop and produce a “season” of theatrical events, workshops and readings. We do this by advising and supporting theatrical explorations envisioned and created by senior certificate students. Occasionally (usually once or twice a year), the theater program will also produce a project entirely chosen by faculty; typically those projects are new works. For more information on the proposal process, FAQs, and guidelines for proposals, please review the document below.

View the Theater Season Proposal Process Guidelines »

 


AUDITIONS + REHEARSAL BEST PRACTICES

The mission of the theater and music theater student production season is to support students’ exploration and development as theater artists and as human beings. Please review the following guidelines for auditions and rehearsals below:

View Virtual Audition and Rehearsal Guidelines »

View Expanded Virtual Audition and Rehearsal Guidelines for Project Leaders »

View Best Practices Doc from Innovations in Socially Distant Performance »

 


VOICES OF STUDENTS OF COLOR

In May 2018, many Princeton students of color involved in theater on campus met with facilitator and faculty member Shariffa Ali to discuss the theater environment on Princeton’s campus. They created this document, “The Voices of Students of Color in Conversation.” The document is overdue for an update, which the Program in Theater will facilitate in fall 2020. Since then, some things in this document have changed or improved, other challenges and issues have come up. The ideas expressed in this document are the ideas of a particular group of students at a particular moment in time, nonetheless it remains extremely useful as a reference document. We share this document so that all students can hear the voices of students of color while thinking about creating work for the theater program. Please take the time to read this thoughtfully and carefully.

 


STUDENT REPRESENTATIVES FOR PRODUCTIONS

The Student Representative is a liaison between the students involved in a theater or music theater program production and the theater and music theater program faculty. The Student Representative is invited to speak up on behalf of any or all student participants (actors, designers, stage managers, crew, dramaturgs, etc.) regarding concerns or questions that any student involved in the production may have, when the student or students do not feel comfortable addressing such concerns directly with the director or thesis proposer(s). The goal is to make it easy for students to communicate uncomfortable challenges to the faculty and staff with minimal anxiety. The Student Representative is modeled on Equity representatives in professional theater. Learn more about this role in the resource below:

View Student Rep resource »

 


TECH HOURS FOR CERTIFICATE STUDENTS

For 2020-21, we will be approaching the idea of tech credits as follows: one tech credit is about 25 hours of work, and four is about 100, on average. Students in need of tech credits should attach themselves to senior year projects that interest them — and will need to do so without really knowing what they are going to be asked to do, but knowing that they will be asked to do up to 25 hours per tech credit. Unfortunately, since we are all experimenting, it’s going to be impossible to tell you exactly what you will be asked to do in support of the project you sign up to work with, but we will ask you to keep track of your hours and do no more than 25 hours per tech credit. All senior year projects can expect to have at least 50 student tech hours assigned. Students do not need any particular skills to sign up to support projects; we will train you if you need a particular skill to do the work and will provide software or hardware as needed to support you doing so. Please reach out to Carmelita Becnel, cbecnel@princeton.edu, if you are looking for tech credits.

View Tech opportunities and assignments »

 


SENIOR YEAR ADVISING + MENTORSHIP

Since the Program in Theater is not a department, advising on senior year independent theater projects is unlike advising within a major for a senior thesis. Advising in the Programs in Theater and Music Theater is generally assigned for productions or projects, not to individual students, with some exceptions.

View student information about senior year advising and mentorship »

 


INTERNSHIPS + OPPORTUNITIES

We are interested in helping you figure out your summer plans. Here is some information about internships, summer funding and performance classes to get you started. Stay tuned for more information throughout the year, including an annual conversation in December, about summer internships and opportunities.

The Program supports three fully funded internships each summer, including a Public Works Internship at the Public Theater NYC, a McCarter Theater Center Education and Engagement Summer Intern, and an internship/apprenticeship program at a professional theater company (supported by the Tiger Baron Foundation). More details on those opportunities is available below:

View Summer Internships resource »

Tiger Baron Foundation — Internship Application »

Students interested in pursuing funding for summer creative and research projects should look at the Lewis Center’s Student Funding Opportunities. Applications for summer funding are due early in the calendar year so please keep your eyes open for information and plan to attend the annual Summer Funding Workshop held in January each year.