McCarter Theatre Social Impact Fellowships

Fellowship Description

The application for Social Impact Fellowships at McCarter Theatre is open on a rolling basis, and each graduate student Fellow has the chance to partner with McCarter in a bespoke way!

For example, Fellows have:

  • Contributed to McCarters "Arts and Ideas" initiative, which connects Princeton University Scholarship and campus life to the work on McCarter's stages and behind the scenes.
  • Fellows have also partnered with McCarters' literary department to read play script submissions, and sharing coverage and analysis. McCarter mentors provide Fellows with general industry networking, and strategic meetings and introductions in order to help Fellows expand their networks and consider a range of opportunities to which they can contribute their skillset.
  • Worked with McCarter to help them market and connect with a younger demographic - as all arts institutions are facing an enormous challenge and trying to balance how to navigate new patron patterns, staying both relevant and solvent - and balancing "traditional titles" with more risky discovery projects.

Your Host

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An independent not-for-profit performing arts center located between New York City and Philadelphia – and on the campus of Princeton University – McCarter is a multi-disciplinary creative and intellectual hub offering theater, music, dance, spoken word, and educational programs for all ages that inspires conversations, connections and collaborations in our communities. Celebrated for developing new work and winner of the 1994 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre, world premieres include Christopher Durang's Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike (Tony, Best Play), Tarell Alvin McCarey's The Brother/Sister Plays, Emily Mann's Having Our Say. Renowned artists who have appeared at McCarter include: Alvin Ailey, Yo-Yo Ma, Audra McDonald, David Sedaris, The Moth, Terence Blanchard, Roseanne Cash, the rock band Lake Street Dive, Shawn Colvin, more. McCarter connects with the community year-round with a Shakespeare Reading Group, digital programming, on-site classes and in-school residencies. McCarter and Princeton University share a long history of unique partnerships and creative collaborations.

SIF Mentor

Debbie Bisno
Director of University and Artistic Partnerships, McCarter Theatre

Debbie Bisno (Director of University and Artistic Partnerships) was McCarter’s Resident Producer for 6 years and has recently turned her attention to deepening McCarter’s engagement with Princeton University and surrounding partners. Bisno’s experience spans Broadway, Off-Broadway, London and Chicago theater.

Current & Former McCarter Theatre Fellows

Hope Littwin, GS, MUS
Graduate Student, Department of Music (Music Composition)
Social Impact Fellow

"My advice to grad students is to continue to come back to your personal statement as a tool to refocus your energies and efforts during your time here. Grad Futures has opened the doors for a lot of meaningful networking opportunities for me in the short time that I have been here."