Try on Theater

Try On Theater Days offer a welcoming introduction to theater making in the Princeton theater and music theater programs at the Lewis Center for the Arts. At scheduled times throughout the year, the programs hold community evenings and workshops to encourage student participation in our student-driven season in many capacities. This new process replaces traditional solo auditions with group workshops and serves as an opportunity for students to get involved in non-performance rolls as well, such as stage management, design, sound engineering, production, and more.

Try on Theater Days was recently highlighted in a story in American Theatre, the national magazine for the American professional not-for-profit theater industry.

Try on Theater Days: October 3-4, 2022

students seated in large circle on theater floor

Photo by Jon Sweeney

Come learn, play, design, and move! Try-on a bit of everything in the theater-making process and be cast in winter theater and music theater shows. No experience needed. Try On Theater Days includes Casting Sessions, a Design/Production Try-On, and a Stage Management Try-On. We hope that students will participate in all events; each is intended to be educational and enjoyable, whether or not you plan to participate in upcoming productions. Come and meet our student community!

Casting for Theater/Music Theater Program Shows

October 3 from 6-7:30 PM or 8-9:30 PM
October 4 from 6-7:30 PM or 8-9:30 PM
in Drapkin Studio

If you are interested in performing in the 2022-23 season projects, come join us for a collaborative workshop. The TOT casting sessions replace traditional auditions with group exercises, games, and generative activities alongside the directors and project leaders of upcoming shows. No preparation is needed and no student will be asked to perform alone.

The productions seeking casts during the September TOT Days are an exploration of a contemporary musical directed by Wasif Sami ’25 featuring Gaea Lawton ’23; a new immersive theater piece about the medical industry created by Reed Leventis ’23; Kimberly Belflower’s Lost Girl directed by Sabina Jafri ’24 featuring Alexis Maze ’23; and Hamlet directed by Tamsen Wolff featuring Julien Alam ’23.

Sign-up required for Casting. Sign up to join the Casting Workshop

Fall Craft Room (Theater Design) Try-On

October 3 from 6-8:30 PM in the Vasen Design Studio

Try your hand at sound, lighting, sets, and costumes crafts. This is a hands-on, drop-in event. Feel free to join us for as long or short a time as you have available. Make something or experiment with an element of design you have never thought about. No sign-up required.

Stage Management Try-On

October 4 from 6-8:30 PM in the Light Lab

Be the captain of the ship. Learn how to prepare a rehearsal room, tech a show, and call a performance! This is a hands-on, drop-in event. Feel free to join us for as long or short a time as you have available. No sign-up required.


Three additional TOT Days will be held during the 2022-23 season in December, January and May.


For questions about TOT Days, please contact Carmelita Becnel at or Elena Araoz at