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 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, 162 outstanding students have completed the Metro Scholar program.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and to coincide with our upcoming season, we have postponed the application and interview process for our 2021/22 Metro Scholar program until September. Students who are high school juniors in the 2021/22 school year will be eligible to apply.
Please check back in August for more information.
Included in the Metro Scholar Program:
While the 2021/22 Metro Scholar program will include many of the following features, some will be altered for the health and safety of all involved. The list below includes all aspects of the program in a normal year:
- 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.
- 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.
High school juniors (in the 2021/22 school year) who live in New Jersey may apply to be a Metro Scholar.