McCarter Theatre


91 University Place
Princeton, NJ 08540
County: Mercer


Ms. Andrea S. Honore

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For general operating support of McCarter's 2015-2016 theater season.

Organization Background

McCarter's mission is to create world-class theater and present the finest performing artists for the engagement, education, and entertainment of our community.

Located in Princeton, New Jersey, the original 1,100 seat McCarter theatre building was constructed in 1929 to house the theatrical activities of Princeton University, but has operated as an independent non-profit theatre since 1972. In 2003, the 365-seat Berlind Theatre was built as a significant annex onto the original historic structure. Today, McCarter Theatre Center is recognized as one of the foremost performing arts centers in this country to serve as both a professional producing theater and a major presenter of the performing arts.

McCarter is committed to commissioning, developing and producing ambitious new works that infuse the national and international repertoire with fresh vitality, as well as creating provocative and original productions of classical plays and modern masterpieces. McCarter has been distinguished by a host of awards for our play development activities, including a 1994 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre and a 2013 Tony for Best New Play, Christopher Durang's Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, a McCarter commission and world premiere.

A thoughtfully curated annual calendar of high caliber music, dance, spoken word and family presented events, dating back to the 1950s, is central to McCarter's identity as a cultural resource. The list of performing artists who have appeared on the McCarter stage -- many in the early stages of their careers -- includes the leading lights of music and dance from the past 60 years.

Arts education and engagement has been a fundamental activity at McCarter since the 1960s. Each season, thousands of New Jersey school children attend student matinees. In-school residencies have also connected our professional teaching artists to K-12 students in the region, helping to bridge critical deficiencies in some schools' arts curriculums. Free engagement events connect our theater series to community residents.

Under the stable leadership of Artistic Director and Resident Playwright Emily Mann, Managing Director Timothy J. Shields, and Special Programming Director William W. Lockwood, Jr., McCarter has consistently contributed to the cultural vibrancy and economic vitality of central New Jersey.

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