185 Nassau Street

185 Nassau Street

Lewis Center for the Arts
Princeton University
Princeton, NJ

Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts includes the building at 185 Nassau Street, formerly an elementary school renovated in 2002 and now the home of Princeton’s Program in Visual Arts. In addition to the Marie and Edward Matthews ’53 Acting Studio on the 1st floor, the building also houses the Lucas Gallery, the James Stewart Film Theater, and the Hagan Studio.

The Matthews Acting Studio has always been the home of The Princeton Festival’s popular musical theater productions. This 100-seat black box studio provides an exceptionally intimate experience for play-goers, as if watching in your own living room!


On weekday evenings and weekends, Princeton University Lot 10 on William Street directly behind the building at 185 Nassau Street is open to the public. See Princeton University’s Parking Map.


Into the building

Access into the building from the parking lot or sidewalk adjacent to street parking is level with no incline or steps. A curb cut is located on Nassau Street to the right of the building (near Thomas Sweet Ice Cream). Both the Nassau Street/front door and the public entrance from the parking lot are open during Princeton Festival events.

In the theater

Chairs are arrayed on risers with steps, but chairs or spaces for wheelchairs are available on the floor. Please contact the McCarter Box Office at 609.258.2787 or The Princeton Festival at 609.759.0379 in advance to reserve a floor-level seat or wheelchair space (with companion seating), or let the house staff know of your needs when you arrive. (Please try to arrive at least 30 minutes before the performance.)

A handicap-accessible restroom is available on the first floor near the Acting Studio entrance.