Member Impact

We are an independent 501(c) 3 organization that depends on the financial support of individuals, corporations, and institutions in order to fulfill our mission of creating world-class theater and presenting the finest performing artists for the engagement, education, and entertainment of our audiences.

The McCarter LAB

The McCarter LAB is a year-round creative incubator that provides key support to writers at all stages of their careers — cultivating meaningful artistic relationships and original works for McCarter’s main stages and future co-productions. Fostering the development of new plays, adaptations, musicals, and investigations into the classics, the LAB consists of: readings, workshops, the Sallie B. Goodman Artist Retreat, commissions, and the annual Spotlight Production. It also provides McCarter’s audiences with an exclusive window into the creative process.


Our Education Programs

Our Education programs serve tens of thousands of students, teachers, and arts enthusiasts in our region. McCarter donors help to fund in-school programs in local school districts, student matinees, after school programs, and scholarships.


Our Engagement Programs

Our Engagement programs in the broader community are funded through charitable contributions. Programs such as OnStage Seniors, partnerships with HomeFront, and other local non-profit organizations bring the arts to underserved communities. Our community engagement programs and pre- and post-show discussions offer insight into the artistic process for interested arts enthusiasts.


Access to the Arts

Access to the Arts, our suite of accessibility services, provides assisted listening devices, open captioned and ASL performances, sensory seminars and audio description of specific performances so that everyone in our community can fully engage in the joy of live performances with ease and dignity. Our Sensory-Friendly performances are a welcoming and judgment-free theatrical experience for individuals on the autism spectrum or with other sensory challenges, and are possible through contributions from individuals, foundations, and corporations.


Training the Next Generation

Training the next generation of outstanding theater artists is fundamental to McCarter's mission. For decades, McCarter has managed a year-long apprenticeship program for 10-15 post-graduates, providing housing, a stipend, and valuable experience across all disciplines from stage production to arts administration.



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