Donor Impact

We are an independent 501(c) 3 organization that depends on local and national donors to fulfill our mission of creating world-class theater and presenting the finest performing artists for the engagement, education, and entertainment of our community.

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. 

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

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Our Engagement programs in the broader community are also 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.

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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 annual relaxed performance for individuals and their families coping with sensory issues are made possible through contributions from individuals, foundations, and corporations.

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Training the next generation of outstanding theater artists is fundamental to McCarter's mission. For decades, McCarter has managed a year-long internship 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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