Student Workshops


Open to all Princeton students. No experience required!

Past workshop topics include stage management training, beginners and grad school auditions, digital tools for designers, voice for actors, movement for actors, black acting methods, and physical comedy for actors. Workshops are led by acclaimed guest artists including Crystal Dickinson, Mark Feuerstein, Peter Kim, Sharell Luckett, Katharine Powell Roman, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Alex Volckhausen, and many others. RSVP is recommended for each workshop; please be mindful and RSVP if you are truly planning to attend.


FALL 2018

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Crowd Source Theater Making Workshop
11 AM – 12:30 PM //Godfrey Kerr Studio, Lewis Arts complex

This workshop is for everyone interested in making theater — all theater certificate students and new students interested in theater are very welcome and encouraged to attend and participate in some community-building theater making! Everyone should come dressed in comfortable clothes and ready to move. Led by Lecturer in Theater Elena Araoz. RSVP to

Friday, September 21, 2018

Stage Management Workshop
4:30-6:30 PM //Lewis Arts complex

This workshop is cancelled for 9/14; check back soon for a rescheduled date this fall. For all interested students; no experience necessary. This workshop is mandatory for students who will serve as stage managers during the upcoming theater season. RSVP to Carmelita Becnel,

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Acting Workshop
2-4 PM // Wallace Theater, Lewis Arts complex

Acting workshop (in English) with visiting actors from the Conservatoire National Supérieur d’Art Dramatique in Paris. Come get an international perspective on theater-making and learn with the new generation in French theater. The workshop is offered as part of Seuls en Scène, French Theater Festival 2018. RSVP to

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Theater-Making Workshop with Aaron Landsman
4:45-6 PM // Wallace Theater, Lewis Arts complex

In conjunction with THR 101, Aaron Landsman and Serbian artists Kulturanova will present a live-feed of an international collaborative project called Language Reversal, about translation and oligarchy. Landsman has been working in Serbia on this project since just after our 2016 election. The piece is about how we translate our resistance over time and distance. The piece includes a lesson on the best way to watch a bombing from your car, the value of secret codes among allies, and how to bang pots and pans when the news tells you things are going to be fine. We are developing this performance remotely – Kulturanova will be joining us from Serbia, presenting sections of our material via Skype, and then engaging us in a conversation about how we work together across time zones and language barriers. If dramatic tension is often about embracing and overcoming obstacles, literal and figurative, Language Reversal embodies that tension in form and content. La MaMa is presenting Language Reversal as a work-in-progress next month, with the help of RSVP to Joe Fonseca at by September 24th.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Lighting Workshop
4:30-6 PM // Wallace Theater, Lewis Arts complex

An introduction to lighting in the black box theater, led by Matt Pilsner. For all interested students, no experience required. Mandatory for students lighting the theater this season. RSVP to

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Anti-Racism Workshop
2-6 PM // Godfrey Kerr Studio, Lewis Arts complex

In this on-your-feet workshop, ArtEquity facilitators Nissy Aya and Ilana Brownstein (with Associate Professor of Theater Brian Herrera) will guide a dynamic process that engages structural and systemic issues of identity and rehearses strategies for creating and sustaining cultures of equity and inclusion in and through the arts. RSVP to

Monday, October 1, 2018

Beginner’s Theater Audition Workshop
4:45-6:30 PM // Drapkin Studio, Lewis Arts complex

Led by Abigail Jean-Baptiste ’18. RSVP to

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Musical Theater Audition Masterclass*
4:45-6:30 PM // Berlind Rehearsal Room, McCarter Theatre Center

Led by Broadway actor Adam Hyndman ’12. RSVP to

Friday, October 5, 2018

Creating Autobiographical + Solo Shows
4:45-6:15 PM // Wallace Theater, Lewis Arts complex

Conversation with Broadway actor Anne Torsiglieri ‘85. RSVP to

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Creating Theater + Characters from Interviews
10 AM – 1 PM // Wallace Theater, Lewis Arts complex

Led by Broadway actor Anne Torsiglieri ‘85. For performers, writers, directors, and all other theater makers. RSVP to

Monday, October 15, 2018

Hair Styling + Wig Prep for Performance (focused on people of African descent)
4:30-5:30 PM // Costume Shop, Wallace Dance Building, Lewis Arts complex

Led by Samantha Richardson, Owner/Stylist of Amari’s Styling Salon. Space limited; RSVP to Keating Helfrich,

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Conversation on Adapting The Age of Innocence and Writing for the Stage
4:45-6:15 PM // Godfrey Kerr StudioLewis Arts complex

With Emmy, Oscar and Tony nominated director/filmmaker Douglas McGrath ’80. Students should see the production of The Age of Innocence at the McCarter Theatre in advance. To get ticket codes and to RSVP to this workshop, email

Monday, October 22, 2018

Musical Theater Masterclass*
1:30-4:20 PM // Godfrey Kerr StudioLewis Arts complex

With Broadway actor Alexander Gemignani. Space limited; for Princeton theater and music theater certificate students only. RSVP to Joe Fonseca,

Monday, November 5, 2018

Doing the Work: Centering Anti-Racism in your Theater Practice
4:45-6:15 PM // Seminar Room W331, Lewis Arts complex

NOTE: This workshop has been cancelled due to the campus vigil planned for 11/5 at 5 PM at Frist. Any student who wishes to meet Michael Robertson should come to W331 at 4:45 PM and plan to walk to the vigil from there. A casual conversation with Michael Robertson, Special Projects Manager for ArtEquity. RSVP to

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Voice for Actors
4:45-6:30 PM // Berlind Rehearsal Room, McCarter Theatre Center

Led by actor and Lecturer in Theater Nehassaiu deGannes. The voice is one of the actor’s most important tools; explore how you can improve the flexibility, strength, and care of your voice in this practical workshop. RSVP to

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Graduate School Audition Masterclass for Actors*
3-5 PM // Tilghman Studio, Lewis Arts complex

Led by actor Katharine Powell Roman. A second session follows on Dec. 2; you must attend both sessions. Only 6 spots available. RSVP to

Monday, November 12, 2018

Think Like a Music Director: A Workshop with Andrea Grody ’11
4:45-6:30 PM // Berlind Rehearsal Room, McCarter Theatre Center

New musicals do not emerge from their authors’ minds fully formed: they are assembled, piece by piece, by a village of collaborators who must work together to address a wide variety of practical and dramaturgical problems in the name of telling a story. How does a music director contribute to that conversation? Join Broadway music director Andrea Grody ’11 for a workshop that explores the questions to ask and the assumptions to challenge about music as a new piece of musical theater is made. Whatever your musical background may be, you will learn new ways of thinking about music’s function within the context of musical theater. For theater makers with any experience in music or music makers with any experience in theater. RSVP to

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Self Care for Actors Workshop
3-5 PM // Roberts Dance Studio, Lewis Arts complex

Learn how to care for your voice, body, and mind with actor Katharine Powell Roman. RSVP to

Monday, November 19, 2018

Light Board Workshop
4:30-6 PM // Wallace Theater, Lewis Arts complex

With lighting programmer and engineer Nick Gonsman. Get to know the light board in the Wallace Black Box theater. RSVP to

Monday, November 26, 2018

Movement for Actors
4:45-6:30 PM // Drapkin Studio, Lewis Arts complex

Led by actor Lecturer in Theater Nehassaiu deGannes. A strong and flexible physical presence is crucial to an actor. Come to this workshop in comfortable clothes, ready to move. RSVP to

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Graduate School Audition Masterclass for Actors*
3-6 PM // Tilghman Studio, Lewis Arts complex

Led by actor Katharine Powell Roman. This is the second session; you must have attended the first session on Nov. 11th. Only 6 spots available. RSVP to

Monday, December 3, 2018

Peer Student to Student Theater Director Meet-up
4:30 PM // Seminar Room W331, Lewis Arts complex

This is to be a student-to-student conversation, but the theater program would like to support you in any way that is useful going forward (guests, resources etc). Meet your fellow student directors to discuss ideas and strategies for rehearsals, tech, casting etc. Student directors can be directing in the theater program and/or in student theater groups; you can be a first time director or an old hand! No need to RSVP.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Conversation on Summer Opportunities and Internships in Theater
4:45-6 PM // Seminar Room W331, Lewis Arts complex

Meet with interns from McCarter Theatre Center, fellow students who participated in Public Theater internships, students who went to the Hangar summer theater, and so on. Please come if you have done a theater or related internship and can share your information; or if you are looking for a summer opportunity and would like to hear some ideas. Jane Cox will host and share some ideas as well; RSVP to All students welcome.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Theater Alumni Day
TBD // Lewis Arts complex

Come and recover from Dean’s Date with recent theater program alumni making a go of it in the theater field! Conversation followed by dinner. RSVP to


Living Room Reads

Any Friday late afternoon, come and read your draft of a play, or part of a play, out loud with your fellow students. To be a part of these intimate and informal events, no matter how much or little experience you may have as a writer, contact


*Workshops that are designated as ‘Masterclasses’ are open for RSVP for all students as observers, but you must apply to participate as a performer.