Diversity, Inclusion & Accessibility
McCarter is invested in the ongoing work of making our theater more inclusive, diverse, and welcoming. We have a responsibility to reflect our diverse local community on stage and behind the scenes, and are committed to the essential work of supporting artists, employees, audience members, and students with diverse cultural backgrounds and lived experiences.
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
McCarter has a responsibility to invite the diverse communities we serve to participate in the creation, support, and enjoyment of the arts. We believe there is inherent value in audience members engaging with performances that reflect their own cultural experiences, as well as performances that ask them to empathize and connect with experiences that are different from their own.
To encourage that participation, it is essential that we create a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace environment where employees and artists alike feel welcome and respected, and actively participate in welcoming and respecting those around them. An inclusive workplace promotes new perspectives and pushes us to become an even more creative, innovative, and engaged organization. We must seek out, welcome, educate, and learn from an increasingly diverse group of theater practitioners and enthusiasts that is reflective of the shifting demographics of our country.
We commit to questioning our assumptions; developing our knowledge; creating realistic goals; evaluating our progress; and implementing concrete policies to foster a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive McCarter.
As part of our commitment to ensuring fully inclusive experiences for our patrons, McCarter continually seeks to improve and grow our access programs. Every play in our Theater Series includes a performance with ASL interpretation, open-captioning, sensory-seminar, and audio-description. State-of-the-art assisted listening devices are always available. We offer at least one Sensory-Friendly Performance annually, which provides a safe, welcoming, and judgement-free environment for individuals with autism and their families. McCarter is grateful for the support and input of our ADA/Access community council which enables us to make attending McCarter an accessible experience for all.