Join Executive Director Martin Miller and Artistic Director Sarah Rasmussen for McCarter’s largest celebration of the year!

Featuring a cocktail reception, a three-course dinner, top-shelf wines, and an intimate, show-stopping cabaret performance by Broadway superstar and Tony Award-winner Laura Benanti - this party will be nothing short of spectacular. The evening culminates with drinks and dancing under the stars.

The Gala is McCarter Theatre Center’s most significant and highly anticipated annual fundraising event, raising crucial support for McCarter’s unparalleled programming, arts education initiatives, and community engagement activities.


Interested in supporting the Gala but unable to attend the event? Please consider joining us by making a donation.

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Jena Mayer, Development Associate, at or 609-258-6543

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.

Schedule of Events 

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.  

Corporate Sponsors







For more information about corporate sponsorship, including tailored corporate packages and program ads, please contact Molly Marinik, Director of Grants and Development Communications, at or 609-258-4646.