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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 program offers a unique opportunity for high school juniors from across New Jersey to learn about professional theater and contribute to the work at Two River. Participants take workshops with professional artists, assist staff in a variety of departments throughout the organization AND see every show in our season for free. Whether you are interested in pursuing a career in the performing arts, want to attend a university program focused on theater, or enjoy theater and want to learn more about how it really works, this year-long program is for you.

Since 2005, 210 outstanding students have completed the Howard Aronson Metro Scholar program.


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Included in the Howard Aronson Metro Scholars Program:

  • Insight into how a regional theater really works.
  • Two subscriptions to our season.
  • The First Day—the kickoff in the Fall includes an orientation, theater exercises and a tour of the Two River Theater.
  • Monthly workshops or projects 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 and exercises, run by teaching artists and TRT staff.
  • Theater career counseling – Education staff, including Director of Education Kate Cordaro and Education Manager Briana Butler, will become a resource for you and will help answer the questions you may have about colleges, career options and concerns.
  • Travel assistance for this program is available.


See what our 2023/24 crew got up to in the Howard Aronson Metro Scholars Yearbook!

The Two River Theater 2023/24 Howard Aronson Metro Scholars are: Zachary Berg (Ocean Township High School), Bobby Cook (River Dell Regional High School), Aileen Espino, Katelen Estrada, Summer Hipper, Layla Kuya, Gianna Martinez (East Brunswick Magnet School), Griffin King (St. John Vianney High School), Fathia Matthews, Melanie Nina (Thomas Jefferson Arts Academy), Eli McDaniel (Howell High School), Vivian Oliver (Middletown High School North), and Ava Romano (Middletown High School South)

Now accepting applications for 2024/25!


  • High school sophomores who live in New Jersey may apply to be a Howard Aronson Metro Scholar and the program will take place during their junior year (the 2024-2025 school year.)
  • Students must (1) complete an application, (2) write a Statement of Purpose (info below), (3) submit a written recommendation from a drama / art / tech teacher or guidance counselor, and (4) one of the following:


SAVE THE DATE! Our first ever Metro Meet-Up will be happening on Sunday, June 23 / 2024 in Studio A.

We’re inviting Metro Scholars from 2004/05 when the program first started, all the way to present day to celebrate this incredible program, meet new friends and reconnect with old ones! We’ll also announce and toast our 20th class, the 2024/25 Howard Aronson Metro Scholars. Keep a look out for the official invite & RSVP in May 2024 (and a discounted ticket to August Wilson’s Gem of The Ocean, after the event)!

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