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).
  • First-year and Sophomore Theater and Music Theater Meet-up — immediately before Wednesday, September 1st Try on Theater Days, join us from 6-6:30 p.m. in Wallace Theater.
  • Try On Theater Days will be held September 20-22 for projects that perform towards the end of the fall semester and 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!

Before you come, please fill out the Participation Interest form »

If you are unable to attend Tuesday or Wednesday of our first Try On Theater evenings, but you would like to be cast in a performing role in a show in our fall productions, you must supply a one minute video that is a creative introduction of yourself by Wednesday, September 1st at 7 p.m. Please send your video to our casting coordinator Nico Krell at by that 9/1 deadline for consideration. You must also fill out a brief questionnaire. If you are interested in participating in production, design and other non-performing roles but cannot attend any Try On Theater evening, please reach out directly to expressing your interest.


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