colorful letters hang from purple hangerTry 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. On three evenings, three times a year, the programs hold informal community evenings to encourage student participation in our student-driven season in any capacity. This new process replaces traditional auditions with group workshops, and serves as an opportunity for students to find out about and get involved in non-performance capacities as well (such as stage management, design, sound engineering, backstage and so on).

Try on Theater Days Schedule

  • Monday Try On Theater Day is designed to introduce students to our programs and season projects in the most informal and comfortable way possible, with snacks, conversations and theater games for those who wish.
  • Tuesday + Wednesday Try On Theater Days involve breaking into smaller groups for workshops in movement, music or acting, and for conversations about non-performance opportunities (students can opt out of any aspect).
  • Wednesday, September 22 from 6-6:30 p.m. — Theater and Music Theater Meet-up for anyone new to our programs. Join us in Wallace Theater to meet faculty and peers and ask any questions about classes, the certificate programs, productions and possibilities.
  • The third Try On Theater Days for this year will be held January 24-26, 2022, for projects that perform in the later part of the spring 2022 semester

Join the Event

A complete beginner performer, mover, musician or theater maker will be able to participate fully and comfortably in all activities. Bring a water bottle, and wear clothes and shoes that are easy and fun to move around in!

If you are unable to attend Tuesday or Wednesday of our Try On Theater evenings, but you would like to be considered for a performing role, please 1) supply a 1-minute creative introduction to yourself in the form of a video to our casting coordinator Nico Krell at, and 2) complete this questionnaire. Both tasks must be completed by Wednesday, September 22nd at 7 p.m. You may add to your video an additional 1-minute explanation or demonstration of your interest and experience in performing, and, if you would like to be considered for a musical role, a sample of you singing something you love — a cappella is fine. You can also demonstrate musical instrument proficiency or fluency in other languages, as we produce bilingual projects.

Learn more about the projects in our 2021-22 season »


Please contact Carmelita Becnel at; Elena Araoz at or Jane Cox at


COVID-19 Guidance + Updates

Per Princeton University policy, all audiences attending indoor events are required to be fully vaccinated and to wear a mask. Visitors may attend outdoor events and are not required by current University policy to attest to COVID-19 vaccination or wear a face covering.

Presented By

  • Program in Music Theater
  • Program in Theater