After School FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions
The easiest and most effective way is to register on-line at www.mccarter.org/afterschool. You may also register in person. To do so, visit us in Princeton at McCarter Theatre at 91 University Place. Access the building through the Administration doors on University Place and ask for the education administrator. Registration is not accepted by phone, fax, mail, or email. Payment is due with your registration to reserve your child’s spot. Payment plans may be available to qualifying families.
A full list of our class offerings is available online as soon as they are announced. After School Program brochures are mailed in June and Summer Camp brochures are mailed in January. To be added to the McCarter Education classes brochure mailing list, please send your name and mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To be added to the email list, sign-up online.
McCarter Summer Camp and After school programs are capped at a low number to maximize student success, strength of the sense of ensemble, and individualized attention from the teaching artists and assistants. Classes generally range in size from 12-20 students, with some exceptions. For more information about specific classes, contact email@example.com or call 609.258.8289.
No. Classes fill quickly on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to popular demand, we’re unable to reserve spots for potential students. You must register for the class to ensure a spot for your child. If the class you are interested in is already full, you will be put on a wait list for that class.
Yes! McCarter is dedicated to making our programs accessible to students of all economic circumstances who are interested in theater. We encourage families who are considering not participating in our programs because of monetary issues to apply for financial aid, which is provided by several individual sponsors, corporate and foundation funding, and the State of New Jersey.
Partial and full scholarships will be awarded based on financial need only. Applications must be submitted with the class registration form. Any incomplete forms will be returned. Students will not be placed in classes without a completed application and registration form. You can access the application form here: Scholarship Application.
Payment plans available for qualifying families by request. To learn more about payment plans or financial aid, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 609.258.6510.
To drop a class and receive a full refund, you must email email@example.com at least two weeks prior to the first day of class. To receive a half refund, you must email us 24 hours prior to the second class. No refunds will be issued after the second class.
If the class your child would like to take is full, email firstname.lastname@example.org to be put on a waitlist. Please include your name, your child's name and grade level, and your phone number, email address, and class choice.
If a class is full by the time you register, we will notify you that your child has been placed on the waitlist, then notify you again if space opens up. Our staff is always happy to discuss options for other classes that still have room.
All classes and most final sharings take place on-site at McCarter. In some circumstances when on-site space is not available for the final sharing, we find alternative locations that offer students an appropriate and educational performance venue.
Our instructors are experienced directors, actors, playwrights, and choreographers who are currently working professionally in the tri-state area. More importantly, they are also seasoned teaching artists who strive to bring artistry to their teaching, foster a safe environment for creative risk-taking, and help students develop their essential theater skills. Each instructor is also partnered with a skilled classroom assistant to maximize the potential for one-on-one and small-group work. You can see some sample biographies of our teaching staff online.
No, your child does not need previous experience, just an interest in theater and creative expression. Some classes require more of a time commitment than others. Your family schedule and your child’s level of commitment will determine what program is right for them. Our teaching artists work hard to ensure that all students have individual learning goals and challenges appropriate to their unique and varied abilities.
At McCarter, we believe there is enormous value in working as a group towards a culminating experience. A final performance can take many forms. Some programs at McCarter end in a formal sharing of a series of scenes, songs, or whole play that has been memorized and staged. Other projects might end in a staged reading of work the students have created, or an interactive participation day that asks parents to join in on the process. Still others may culminate in an informational, in-class sharing that focuses on what the students have learned in their time with us. A final performance creates a sense of pride and accomplishment, and also raises the stakes of students’ participation. By working together towards a larger goal, students develop responsibility, discipline, and commitment to the art form, to their creative process, and to their fellow young performers.
For many classes we bring a professional photographer to document the dress rehearsal or in-class work of the students. These images will be made available to you for purchase through the photographer’s website and may also be used in future McCarter literature and advertisements. If you do not wish to have your child photographed, please let us know.
We do not create professional videos of final performances. You are welcome to take your own photos and videos of your child’s final sharing, as long your flash and any distracting sounds are turned off.
No. Our classes are closed to observation, except during final sharing days. In our experience we find that students focus better when guests and family members are not in the room. If your child is nervous about class, you can reassure them by remaining in our waiting area. We also send out a weekly e-newsletter, which includes notes from all of our teaching artists outlining what their class is working on, insight into the group’s process, and helpful tips to help your child succeed. It’s a great way to stay in-the-know about your student’s experience.
Yes. Theater is the kind of activity where each student’s presence is essential to the success of the whole group. If your child’s class includes a dress rehearsal, they must attend that day in order to perform in the final show. We do everything we can to ensure the success of all of our students and certainly understand that illness and family emergencies can come up unexpectedly. If a student has more than two unexcused absences, we will discuss how to move forward and they may be asked not to continue with the program.
In the event of a weather cancellation, all families will be notified via email. Please contact email@example.com with questions.
Each semester, a member of McCarter’s artistic staff teaches a course offered in partnership with the Princeton Adult School. For each production in McCarter’s Theater Series, participants meet at McCarter to read and discuss the play as a piece of literature, see the play together, then gather a third a time to discuss new layers of meaning revealed by the production. All registration and payment is handled through the Adult School. To learn more or register, please visit: http://www.princetonadultschool.org.