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!