Metro Scholars

This year-long highly competitive program, open to high school juniors from across New Jersey, is a unique opportunity for students to learn about professional theater. In addition to seeing every show in our season for free, selected students take workshops and master classes with professional artists, and assist our staff throughout the company—an immersion into theater that has made this a proven training ground for the country’s best university programs. Since 2005, 151 outstanding students have completed the Metro Scholar program.

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Two River Theater Metro Scholar Class of 2018/19

Shea Campanella (Trinity Hall), Emily Cardinale (MCVTS East Brunswick Campus), Nicole Curnan (Toms River HS East), Patti Frees (Trinity Hall), Sophia Guida (Henry Hudson Regional School), Julia Hallman (Trinity Hall), Emma Harken (OCVTS Performing Arts Academy), Julian Lavarra (Henry Hudson Regional School), Skye Loures (Trinity Hall), Camille Pugliese (Middletown HS South), and Micah Schachett-Briskin(Colts Neck HS).


The Metro Scholar program includes:

  • Access—Through this program, we open our doors to you.
  • Understanding about how a regional theater really works.
  • Two subscriptions to the Two River Theater season.
  • The First Day—The kickoff in September includes an orientation, theater exercises and an in-depth tour of the Two River Theater.
  • Saturday workshops led by TRT staff and guest artists, exploring various aspects of professional theater.
  • A “coffee talk” after each production, where students and TRT staff share their feedback on the show (Coffee talks immediately follow each Saturday workshop)
  • The Last Day—an entire day of workshops, master classes and exercises, run by teaching artists and TRT staff.
  • Commitment to attend all shows and workshops, with an open mind and heart.
  • Time and energy.  Anything that we are doing to make this theater tick, we want you to do as well.
  • Each Metro Scholar does two intensive assistantships. This means you will work as an assistant in any of the following artistic, administrative or production departments: Audience Services, Costumes, Development, Education, Marketing, Production, Props, Special Events or any other department that may need you.  These assistantships will be 24–50 hours of commitment depending on which assistantships you get.

High school sophomores who live in New Jersey may apply to be a Metro Scholar; the program will take place during their junior year.

The application deadline for the 2019/20 Metro Scholar program has passed. All applicants will be informed if they are accepted into the program or not via email by 6:00 PM on Friday, April 12, 2019.