Community Stage productions are free  events held in collaboration with local artistic groups and organizations. Community Stage programming enable the Arts Council’s Solley Theater to act as an accessible space for community partnerships and high-quality performing arts experiences.

For free events, we strive to overbook to ensure a full house. Priority will be given to those who have registered in advance, but registration does not guarantee admission. All registered seats are released 15 minutes before start time, and seats may become available at that time. 

U P C O M I N G     E V E N T S  

Every Fourth Saturday of the Month
Cafe Improv
On the fourth Saturday of every month for the past 25 years, Café Improv has connected beginning and professional performers in the ACP’s Solley Theater. Attendees can expect an evening of exciting local music, poetry, comedy, and more. Café Improv is easily accessible to the public through affordable admission rates of $1 for ACP Members and $2 for General Admission. Click here to learn more and/or register to play!

Tuesday, January 14, 7pm
Just Wing It!
Just Wing It is Princeton High School’s only improv comedy troupe, showcasing a form of live theatre in which the plot, characters and dialogue of a game, scene or story are made up in the moment based on audience suggestions.


Wednesday, April 15 | 7-9pm
Stretto Youth Chamber Orchestra
Stretto Youth Chamber Orchestra is first and foremost a team of music lovers who participate in learning and teaching together in an immersion-based music learning program. Young musicians come together to tackle the challenge of playing great works of the chamber orchestra literature, as well as newly composed works. Stretto also emphasizes the value and commitment of being part of a community of socio-economic inclusion. There is a leadership-training program built into the structure of Stretto to give older students a chance to mentor the younger students and lead their peers. Service and a capacity for nurture are emphasized as the characteristics of a strong leader. The students inspire each other to invest their energies within the ensemble and, ultimately, the other communities where they belong. All students’ joys and struggles, no matter how different the context, are honored as significant within our community.  Learn more and preregister.


R E C E N T     E V E N T S

Thursday, December 12 | 6-8pm
A Rock & Soul Holiday
The Einstein Alley Musicians Collaborative (EAMC) under the musical direction of Rob Freeman (of The Beagles) present an evening of “Rock & Soul” Christmas music, including holiday hits from Phil Spector’s “A Christmas Gift For You” album (featuring The Ronettes & Darlene Love) along with seasonal selections by The Beach Boys, Beatles, Kinks, Mariah Carey, Joan Osborne, Stevie Wonder and more. Come dance and sing along to songs you know and love – because all we want for Christmas is you! Learn more and preregister.

Bring your kids to this family-friendly event and we will invite them up to join in our finale!

EAMC includes members of popular local bands such as The Beagles, Crown Electric, Living Proof, So It Goes & The Tritones

 Wednesday, April 24
Bringing SKYLIGHT to Life with Emily Mann, Mahira Kakkar, and Zane Pais

The Arts Council of Princeton and McCarter Theatre Center present a Special Community Stage Event, Bringing Skylight to Life. McCarter Theatre Center’s Artistic Director and Resident Playwright Emily Mann will be joined in conversation by Mahira Kakkar (Miss Witherspoon, Five Mile Lake, Hank and Asha) and Zane Pais (Dead Poets Society), actors from McCarter’s upcoming production of Skylight, David Hare’s Tony and Olivier Award-winning masterpiece.  Emily will speak about her process—from tablework to tech and previews — as a stage director working with actors to craft deep and rich performances, and Mahira and Zane will share their perspectives as professional actors in collaboration with directors, in the skins of their characters, and in the service of playwrights. Then the trio will dig into the details of their work together on Skylight, a play actors love to play and Emily has always wanted to direct. Please join us for an intimate and fascinating discussion, which will include a Q&A with the audience.

Thursday, April 4, 7pm
Stretto Youth Chamber Orchestra of Greater Princeton
Stretto Youth Chamber Orchestra is first and foremost a team of music lovers who participate in learning and teaching together in an immersion-based music learning program. Young musicians come together to tackle the challenge of playing great works of the chamber orchestra literature. This event will feature the Advanced Ensemble and Quartet. Stretto has performed in Chicago, Paris, Prague, Brussles, Shanghai, Beijing, Germany, Italy, Austria, Montenegro, Serbia, Croatia, Bulgaria, and as a featured guest performing ensemble at the Philadelphia Bach Fetsival, New York Encounter (NY, NY), and the Princeton Early Music Festival.

Saturday, March 16, 6pm
Lame Kid Zine presents Phadid ALL OUT
The Arts Council of Princeton and Lame Kid Zine presents Phadid ALL OUT, a showcase of local teen rappers with performances by Phadid and Jads featuring Ceaze and Saint Bone. Best for ages 15+. Lame Kid Zine is proud to be a member of the Creative Zine Coalition, a non-profit, philanthropic community of zines and zine editors dedicated to using art as a tool for activism. Learn more about LKZ here.

Thursday, March 14, 7pm
A Celebration of Motown
Lawrenceville, NJ recording artists The Beagles back other members of the Einstein Alley Musicians Collaborative performing selections from the Motown songbook. They share the story of the  development, evolution and cultural impact of the record company’s sound, musical style, and subject matter before, during, and after the Detroit race riots of 1967 in a show  commissioned by The McCarter Theatre Center to coincide with their 2018 production of Dominique Morrisseau’s Detroit ’67. The set list includes popular tunes originally recorded by Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, The Four Tops, The Temptations, The Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and more. Come out to sing and dance along to your favorite sounds of the 60s and 70s.

Wednesday, December 12, 7pm
OnStage Seniors of McCarter Theatre
OnStage Seniors, a community project of McCarter Theatre, creates documentary theater
performances that explore the stories and issues of our community. Ensemble members- all over 55 – perform locally, generating delight, insight, and affirmation about senior memories and experiences.


Is your not-for-profit community group interested in performing as a Community Stage act? Learn more!


Ntzoke Shange reading from Wild Beauty

Princeton University Princeton, Slavery, and Me course final by Professor Brian Herrera

Neighborhood Children’s Chorus of Westminster Choir College