Michael Cadden

University Lecturer, Theater in the Lewis Center for the Arts
Office Phone
Arts Tower N301 | Lewis Arts complex | 122 Alexander Street
Office Hours

By appt.


Michael Cadden served as Chair of the Peter B. Lewis Center for the Arts, home of the Programs in Creative Writing, Dance, Theater, Music Theater, Visual Arts, and the Princeton Atelier, from 2011-2019. He is in his thirty-fifth year of teaching at Princeton; for nineteen of those years he served as Director of the Program in Theater (which was for many of those years the Program in Theater and Dance). He began his career at the Yale School of Drama, as a dramaturg at the Yale Rep under Lloyd Richards and as a lecturer in the dramaturgy, directing, and acting programs at the Drama School. Since 1981, he’s taught summer programs for high school teachers of English at Middlebury College's Bread Loaf School of English, at its campuses in Vermont, Oxford, Santa Fe, Asheville, and Juneau.  His areas of interest include Modern and Contemporary Theater, Dramaturgy, Comedy, the history of theatrical directing, Shakespeare in Performance, Australian literature and theater, and Ancient Greek Drama in Performance. This summer, he will lead his third Global Seminar on "Re:Staging the Greeks," centered in Athens and Epidauros. In 1993, Michael was honored to receive Princeton’s President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching. In 2003, he helped inaugurate the Roger S. Berlind Theater on the back lawn of the McCarter. In the Fall of 2017, he was among those who gleefully cut the ribbon to open the new Lewis Arts complex, an extraordinary milestone in Princeton's plan to put the creative and performing arts at the heart of the Princeton experience.

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