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

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Included in the Howard Aronson Metro Scholars Program:

In the 2021/22 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.

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 Two River Theater season.
  • Opportunities for students to engage with theater staff on projects in a variety of ways. Students will gain exposure to most departments within the theater in some capacity.
  • The First Day—The kickoff in November includes an orientation, theater exercises and an in-depth tour of the Two River Theater.
  • Workshops on weekdays after school or weekends led by TRT staff and guest artists, exploring various aspects of professional theater.
  • “Coffee Talks” after each production, where students, TRT staff, and artists share their feedback on the show. (Coffee talks immediately follow each workshop.)
  • The Last Day—an entire day of workshops, master classes and exercises, run by teaching artists and TRT staff.


The Two River Theater 2021/22 Howard Aronson Metro Scholars are:

Catieann Cody, Kanna Goldilla, Arden Gonzalez, and Emily Dayanara Gonzalez (MCVTS School of Performing Arts – East Brunswick)

Logan Connor and Isabelle Darman (Trinity Hall)

Eleanor (Ellie) Conover (Henry Hudson Regional School)

Emily Landolfi (Freehold Township High School)

John Martin (Middletown High School North)

Kirin Patient (Ranney School)

Danielle Umbs (George Washington University Online High School)

Samantha Yannarelli (Mater Dei Prep)


Two River Theater has been awarded a generous challenge grant from the Aronson, Tenenbaum and Kean families to establish the Howard Aronson Metro Scholars theater education program. Launching on Giving Tuesday, November 30 (a global generosity day of giving on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving), all donations on Giving Tuesday will be matched by this challenge grant up to $10,000 making donations go twice as far.

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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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