Thank you so much for celebrating with us at McCarter's 2024 Gala.

Introducing Stage Door Access

The Gala is McCarter’s most significant and highly anticipated annual fundraising event, raising crucial support for the company’s unparalleled programming, arts education initiatives, and community engagement activities. At Gala 2024, McCarter announced the launch of Stage Door Access, a new and ambitious ticket initiative providing as many as 5,000 free or discounted tickets to community members of all ages annually. Stage Door Access officially kicks off in fall 2024 and will allow individuals access to McCarter productions and performances all season long. In partnership with over a dozen community organizations, McCarter will welcome thousands of new audiences to the theater, who would otherwise be unable to attend due to socioeconomic barriers and other challenges to access. At Gala 2024, participants generously contributed over $58,000 toward this half-million dollar initiative. With this incredible support, along with leadership gifts from J.M. Huber and the Burke Foundation, Stage Door Access is well on its way to a robust and an exciting year. At the same time, fundraising for this program continues, and donations of all sizes are still more than welcome. Thank you for your support of Stage Door Access!


Schedule of Events 

Parking is available in the Theatre Drive Garage

Lewis Arts Complex 

122 Alexander Street 


5:30PM Doors Open and Cocktail Reception

6:30PM Dinner Service


8:30PM Performance and Dessert


After-party to follow

Cocktail Attire

Inaugural McCarter Award Recipient Edward E. Matthews


Join us as we honor Edward E. Matthews with the inaugural McCarter Award, recognizing his hard work, generosity, and indelible impact on our community and region. A Trustee Emeritus of Princeton University, Princeton HealthCare System, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton Day School, and McCarter Theatre Center, among the many other meaningful causes he has championed, his philanthropy and civic leadership is an inspiration to all.  

About Laura Benanti

Tony® Award-winner Laura Benanti is a highly celebrated stage and screen actress. In film, Benanti recently starred in Sony Pictures’ NO HARD FEELINGS and Netflix’s WORTH. Ms. Benanti can be seen in Max’s THE GILDED AGE and Hulu’s LIFE & BETH. In the theater, Ms. Benanti took Broadway by storm at the age of 18 as Maria in THE SOUND OF MUSIC and has subsequently starred in ten more Broadway shows including INTO THE WOODS, NINE, GYPSY (for which she won a Tony Award), SHE LOVES ME, MY FAIR LADY, and METEOR SHOWER. Most recently, she debuted an original musical comedy show for Audible titled NOBODY CARES, which Ms. Benanti created, wrote, and starred in.

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For questions about Gala 2024, please contact Jena Mayer, Development Associate, at or 609-258-6543