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High school juniors get an inside look at the professional theater-making process, from sets and costumes to marketing and audience services.

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 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, 201 outstanding students have completed the Howard Aronson Metro Scholars program.

2022/23 Info & Application

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Included in the Howard Aronson Metro Scholars Program:

In the 2022/23 season, the Howard Aronson Metro Scholars program will offer a hybrid (in-person or virtual) opportunity for students to learn about how a regional theater works through various workshops, as well as opportunities to work on projects with our artistic, administrative, and production departments.

Howard Aronson Metro Scholars accepted into the program can expect to receive access to the following benefits and experiences: 

  • Insight into how a regional theater really works.
  • Two subscriptions to the 2022/23 Two River Theater season.
  • The First Day—The kickoff in Fall ’22 includes an orientation, theater exercises and an in-depth tour of the Two River Theater.
  • Monthly workshops led by TRT staff and guest artists, exploring various aspects of professional theater.
  • “Coffee Talks” after each production, where students and TRT staff share their feedback on the show.
  • The Last Day—An entire day of workshops, master classes and exercises, run by teaching artists and TRT staff.
  • Theater career counseling—Education staff, including Director of Education Kate Cordaro, will become a resource for you, and will help answer the questions you may have about colleges, career options and concerns.


Upcoming dates & deadlines for the 2022/23 Howard Aronson Metro Scholars

Application & Statement of Purpose Deadline

Monday, Sep 26 / 2022

Applications will not be accepted after this date. Teacher Recommendations may be sent separately, but also must be received by this date.

In-Person Auditions, Presentations & Interviews

Thurs, Sep 29 & Fri, Sep 30 / 2022

Once applicants have submitted all required materials, they will be emailed a link to schedule their in-person audition/interview.

22/23 Metro Scholars Announcement

Monday, Oct 3 / 2022

All applicants will be informed if they are accepted into the program or not via email by this date.


Howard Aronson was a long-time friend and Two River Theater Board Member who passed away in January 2021. Two River is happy to commemorate his legacy by naming one of their long-time, treasured education programs in his honor. The theater’s education programs meant a great deal to Howard, especially those that provided an intimate mentoring experience with the theater for students. Howard is certainly missed and Two River is thrilled to have his legacy commemorated in this meaningful way.


Howard Aronson Metro Scholars Program Testimonials

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