After School Classes

McCarter offers after school classes for students in pre-K through high school. In addition to teaching theater technique such as vocal projection, physical presence, and embodying characters on stage, McCarter’s programs also focus on each student’s personal growth. Through the art of theater, we foster the development of skills such as confidence, collaboration, creativity, persistence, empathy, and the courage to take risks in a safe environment. We aim to nurture the kind of creative ownership and personal agency that can only come from treating each participant as a young artist with an important and unique artistic voice.

Our students work with experienced professional actors, directors, and educators who teach to the interests and abilities of each student. Whether your child has years of experience or is trying theater for the first time, McCarter After School will offer a meaningful and joyful learning experience.

Pre-K - Kindergarten

Knee-High Company

Students use the powers of imagination, observation, critical thinking, and creativity to travel to new lands and time periods, without ever leaving the classroom.

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Grades 1-2

Act One Company

Students explore the art of storytelling by first investigating the worlds of popular children’s books, then working to create and perform stories of their own.

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Grades 3-5

Junior Company

Students have a wide variety of options! From musical theatre to creating original works, there’s something for every young artist.

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Grades 6-8

Senior Company

Students hone their technique and develop artistry as a part of a creative ensemble. Students can focus on musical theater, acting classes, or both!

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Grades 9-12

Spotlight Company

Students connect directly with the artists and plays in McCarter’s main stage Theater Series with intensive workshops exploring directing, acting, playwriting, and more.

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Still have questions?

Read through our Frequently Asked Questions specifically for After School.

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