Hi there! I’m Molly, a dog/book/Sondheim/Shakespeare-lovin’ junior from Chicago, IL, and I am super excited to be a Peer Arts Advisor! I am majoring in English and pursuing certificates in Music Theater, Theater, and American Studies.
Theater and other forms of art-making have the power to bring us together, hold a mirror up to our lives and allow us to reflect on them, create joy and uplift communities, generate imagination and empathy, raise social consciousness and catalyze social change, allow us to process tragedy, and express, inform, and create personal and national identities. I am particularly interested in the ways that American musical theater has reflected, shaped, and informed American history and its conceptions of gender. I also think that during the age of COVID-19 and its consequences, theater and art are evermore important for individual and global wellness and healing.
We need art, and I believe that there are few better places to dive into the arts, including theater and musical theater, than Princeton. On the one hand, you can learn the technique and craft of performance—mastering your pirouettes, your high notes, and tricky Sondheim harmonies. But on the other, you also can learn how to analyze, write about, direct, choreograph, and create theater of your own. The theater communities at Princeton may seem completely overwhelming to navigate at first, but I encourage you not to let that deter you! The wealth and diversity of wonderful opportunities in terms of performance, faculty, and curriculum that the University provides is overwhelming, but ultimately also what makes it so amazing and one-of-a-kind.
After attending a performing arts high school and majoring in musical theater, I came into Princeton wanting to pursue a career in professional theater and musical theater performance, and that is still what I’m doing! However, along the way, I’m so grateful also to have had the chance to broaden my horizons, trying my hand at directing and choreographing as well. I also came into Princeton focused on performing in department shows with the Lewis Center, but I have now been so lucky to be involved with shows for student groups like The Princeton University Players, Princeton Opera Company, and Theatre Intime.
Whether you’re also planning on a professional performance career in singing, acting, dancing and/or all of the above, or you have absolutely no prior experience, I would be so happy to talk to you and help you navigate the Lewis Center and beyond! No matter what sort of opportunity you’re looking for, I promise it’s here—you just need to know where to look. (And I can help you out with that!) I also can chat with you about what it’s like to pursue performance opportunities in the summer, whether you’re interested in doing that via training programs, study abroad, and/or joining a professional regional summer stock company.
Honestly, my first year, I was super intimidated by everything that was going on in the Princeton arts communities, even though I desperately wanted to be a part of them. The first couple months, I cooped myself up in my room with my books, too socially anxious to get out there and talk to my peers and professors! But I had nothing to be anxious about—everyone here wants to meet you, talk to you, and help you achieve your wildest dreams.
I also am happy to talk about creating a balance between your academics and arts here at Princeton, especially if you plan on making the arts a priority in your life within this academic community. The rigor in academia and the arts simultaneously is another wonderful thing about Princeton, but similarly, it can be overwhelming, especially if you want to do your best work for both. But you can do both and be a healthy, happy, functioning human, I promise! I’m incredibly grateful to have taken a slew of arts classes (in theater, musical theater, music, dance, and creative writing) and been involved with many, many productions along with my academic classes. I’m also a member of the Behrman Undergraduate Society of Fellows.
I’m also just so happy to talk to you about absolutely anything!! I look forward to meeting you, you wonderful human, and I know you are going to do great things here at Princeton.