McCarter’s Arts & Ideas connects Princeton University scholarship, campus life and community partners to the work on our stage and behind-the-scenes.


We invite cross-disciplinary voices, world class artists and curious audiences to bring their unique perspectives to theater, music, dance, spoken word. And we invite YOU to take part in this cultural enrichment. 

 

Programs include: collaborative performances, artist/scholar panels, Q&A’s, co-curated commissions, Theater-Infused workshops, curated Group Experiences, student mentorship, behind the scenes Tour & Talks, projects with the Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton's Community Auditing Program & more.

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Co-sponsored by the Humanities Council at Princeton University

The Scholar’s Take

The Scholar’s Take is a curated series of short essays written by Princeton students in response to select performances and content in McCarter’s season.

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Theater Infused Workshops

Our signature workshops utilize theater to foster connection, build communication skills and bring the power of “narrative” into professional and personal interaction. 

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Tour & Talks

Take a break from the office and get inspired! Go behind the scenes of McCarter’s world-renowned facility. Meet the industry leaders who create, design & produce. 

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To explore an Arts & Ideas experience for students ot colleagues, contact Debbie Bisno, Director of University and Artistic Partnerships at dbisno@mccarter.org. Also see our Group Ticketing page. To inquire about rentals for a University event at McCarter, contact Meredith Schuler, Director of Operations at mschuler@mccarter.org

  

Upcoming Arts & Ideas Events

SUNDAY MAY 19 & SATURDAY MAY 25

Choice

Join a conversation exploring character, comedy and the creative process behind this hilarious, surreal and thought-provoking play by Winnie Holzman (Princeton Alumn, and bookwriter of the hit musical “WICKED.”)

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TUESDAY MAY 21 / 7PM

Live at the Library: The Power of CHOICE

Winnie Holzman, writer of the hit musical WICKED and the TV sensation My So-Called Life shares the inspiration behind her new play "CHOICE". FREE at the Princeton Public Library. 

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Past Arts & Ideas Events

SATURDAY MARCH 10 & FRIDAY MARCH 16

Dreamgirls

Go behind the scenes and join a post-show conversation with the creative team to learn about their contemporary approach to this iconic musical.

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11 / 1:00PM

National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine

The orchestra launched their US tour at McCarter in a moving, sold-out performance. The Ukrainian Ambassador to the UN attended and audiences stayed for "Artists in Wartime," a post-concert talk with the Director and Princeton University Ukrainian scholar. 

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SEPTEMBER 23

Patti Smith: Words and Music

The legendary Patti Smith performed at McCarter on September 23, 2023. Earlier that day, she spent time with Princeton students, scholars & members of the community.

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SEPTEMBER 29

Once the Dust Settles Flowers Bloom by Olivier Tarpaga

In partnership with the Department of Music at Princeton University and Seuls en Scène, Princeton French Theater Festival

Enjoy a curtain chat with Tarpaga and Professor Nicole Myers Turner from the Department of Religion at Princeton University.

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NOVEMBER 2 at 7:30PM

An Evening with Jhumpa Lahiri

In conversation with Professor Zahid Chaudhary from the English Department at Princeton University. In partnership with Labyrinth Books and the Princeton Public Library.

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Davone Tines

A post-concert conversation featured Tines and Dr. Joy Barnes-Johnson from The Paul Robeson House of Princeton, exploring the artist’s creative process and inspirational ties to the legendary performer & activist Paul Robeson.

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NOVEMBER 14 at 6:00PM

Ancestral Communal Listening Experience

In partnership with the Arts Council of Princeton led by Michael Mwenso, co-creator of The Sound of (Black) Music, and Shariffa Ali from Princeton’s Lewis Center for the Arts.

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