Online Classes

All adults over 18 are welcome to join our virtual classes!

Plays and Performances in Context

This class is designed for theatergoers who are insight seekers eager to take deep dives into dramatic texts and learn about a work’s social, cultural, and historical context, as well as its creative origins and artistic intention—all the while engaging in lively discussion. We will pair published works with recorded or streamed performances/readings that can be accessed virtually. 

Plays/Performances to be experienced:

  • Marc Acito, Jay Kuo, and Lorenzo Thione's Allegiance
  • Eisa Davis' Bulrusher
  • Lucy Kirkwood's Mosquitoes


May 19, 26, June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
6:30 - 8:00 PM


About The Teaching Artist

Paula T. Alekson is McCarter Theatre Center’s Artistic Engagement Manager. She currently oversees artist-audience engagement and community partnership projects and initiatives, including artist discussions, scholarly panels, pre-show talks, community play readings, and other events and programs that offer opportunities for learners of all ages to deepen and enhance their experience of the performances on McCarter’s stages—virtual and in-person. Prior to McCarter, Paula taught theatre studies at her alma mater, Mount Holyoke College. She holds an MFA in Playwriting from Brandeis University and PhD in Drama from Tufts University. 


Improv and Sketch Comedy

Are you feeling overwhelmed by our world and all the breaking news? Does your mind need a vacation from all the chaos and uncertainty? 

Join us for a weekly dose of laughter, creativity, ensemble-building, and entertainment, where everything is “Yes, and…” and nothing is that serious.

Each session will feature new improv activities, games, and content so this class is perfect for new and returning students alike!

May 25, June 1, 8, 15
6:30 - 8:00 PM

About The Teaching Artist

Joshua Schnetzer is an educator, director, and choreographer working throughout Philadelphia, New York City, and New Jersey.  He directed and choreographed the world premiere productions of The Kite and Bashirah and the Great Bean Pie at the Please Touch Museum and Flash, Float, Fall at the New Jersey Fringe Festival. Off-Broadway Joshua served as the Creative Director of Audible’s Path to Pride (starring Lance Bass) at the Minnetta Lane Theater. He choreographed and taught dance for Paper Mill Playhouse’s pre-professional Summer Conservatory and award-winning Broadway Show Choir. At McCarter, Joshua partners with the Education and Engagement department to develop and teach classes in Shakespeare, playwriting, scene study, and musical theater and managed the Community Ensemble for McCarter’s annual production of A Christmas Carol.


Make Them Laugh

You don’t have to be a comedian to write great comedy. Over the course of four sessions, participants will explore and create comedic characters, examine the structure of comedic scenes, and write and share original work within a supportive ensemble who loves to laugh.

May 27, June 3, 10, 17
6:30 - 8:00 PM


About The Teaching Artist

Josh Tobiessen’s plays have been published by Samuel French and Dramatic Publishing and presented nationally by theaters including The Alliance Theater in Atlanta, The Jungle Theater, and Mixed Blood in Minneapolis, as well as Second Stage Theater, and Crowded Outlet in NYC.  He's has taught playwriting at universities, schools, and theaters across the country.  Visit his website at



Creative Tools for Professionals

By examining the skills actors, playwrights, directors, and movement specialists utilize when crafting their work, participants will gain insight into how they can apply these same techniques to their professional practice. Whether preparing for an interview, giving a presentation at work, or attending a professional networking event, this workshop will give participants the tools they need to effectively communicate their professional goals.

Each session will include interactive activities, group discussions, and a visit from a guest artist who will share insight into the technical and creative skills they use to convey compelling and inspiring stories.

Registration is currently closed for this class. Check back here soon for more exciting online opportunities!


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