Hey y’all! My name is Minjae Kim (he/him/his), and I’m a rising junior majoring in the English department and am pursuing a certificate in Theater as well. My parents are both Korean, but I was born, raised, and spent the first 14 years of my life in Taiwan. We moved to Canada for my high school years, and I have recently become a Canadian citizen! I’m currently living in Toronto, Canada.
My interest in theater began like many others – in performance. I spent all my years in middle school and high school doing musical theater, performing in shows such as Annie, Fiddler on the Roof, and Once on this Island. However, once I arrived at Princeton, I found that there were so many previously unexplored aspects of theater beyond just acting! Going into my junior year, I have now participated in Princeton theater as a theater board member (Theatre Intime!!!), sound designer, set and props designer, fight choreographer, stage manager, director, and playwright – all fields I had previously close to zero experience in!
I think the beauty of Princeton theater lies in the availability and diversity of opportunity. With the number of theater department and student theater productions that go on every season, it is possible for you to try on as many different hats as you’d like! I encourage you to explore to your heart’s content and try new things out of your comfort zone. Find what you’re passionate about and discover the stories you want to tell.
For many eager theater makers on campus, it is often a struggle to find a schedule that balances between your theater, social, and academic life. As someone who has struggled with that himself, I encourage you to reach out to me if you want to chat! Or if you want to chat about anything at all – what the different student theater groups are, what shows they have done, who to speak to if you want to design a show, etc. — hit me up and I’ll let you know!
Congratulations and welcome to Princeton!