Kate Semmens

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Hello! My name is Kate Semmens and I am a rising Junior majoring in History and pursuing certificates in Theater, Music Theater and American Studies. I am originally from Brooklyn, New York, and grew up in a family that had musical cast albums playing on the radio all the time. I loved to sing along to those albums and eventually my childhood piano lessons turned into hour long sessions of me singing every song in the Sondheim and Rodgers & Hammerstein songbooks. I eventually began taking ballet and later discovered my love for tap and musical theater dance as well. Then, after doing every show my middle school offered, I decided to go to LaGuardia High School for Music, Art and Performing Arts as a drama major. It was there that I learned what it really meant to be a part of the theater community.

Being at Princeton, I feel so lucky that I can continue making art while also taking classes in all the other things that interest me like religion, politics, constitutional history and language. On campus, I am heavily involved with the Lewis Center's theater productions, workshops and classes. I am always amazed at the incredible mentors and teachers that the LCA brings into our community every year to teach or lead workshops. Through the LCA’s offerings I have grown not only as an actor and director, but I have also had the chance to learn skills in design, dance and theater history. I have become a well-rounded theater maker thanks to the Lewis Center.

In addition to LCA involvement, I am also the Vice President of the Triangle Club, the Business Manager of Princeton University Players and a tour guide for Orange Key. I also direct, choreograph and produce on campus whenever I can.

At the moment I am planning on pursuing the arts professionally after college as either an actor or director, so I would love to be a resource to any underclassmen who are interested in following a similar path. I am so excited to be a Peer Arts Advisor this year and I look forward to grabbing a coffee with any student who wants to talk about the incredible LCA arts community or who just wants to talk about Princeton (or life) in general!


Class of '22

Programs in Theater + Music Theater

Residential College