McCarter Theatre to celebrate Emily Mann’s 30-year tenure with a live stream tribute May 2

Emily Mann. Photo credit: Merri Cyr. File photo.

The McCarter Theatre Center will host a live stream event celebrating Emily Mann on Saturday, May 2 at 7 p.m. The event will feature highlights from the last 30 years, tributes, and special guest appearances.

Mann is known as a champion for new voices in the theater and has been a transformative force for McCarter and in the surrounding community. Last year, she announced the 2019-2020 season would be her final year as McCarter’s artistic director and resident playwright.

During her 30-year tenure in Princeton, she elevated McCarter’s standing nationally. McCarter was the winner of the 1994 regional theatre Tony Award and the 2013 Tony Award for best play (Christopher Durang’s “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike”) and has become a leader in the American regional theater movement under her leadership. This year, Mann was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in recognition of her significant contributions to the field.

As part of this special online event, McCarter will recognize Mann’s legacy as an arts leader and as a playwright by re-naming the McCarter LAB, a creative incubator for the development of new work, in her honor. Many emerging and established writers have developed new works in the LAB, including Christopher Durang’s Tony Award-winning “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” Pulitzer Prize winner “Anna and The Tropics” by Nilo Cruz, and Dania Gurira’s “Eclipsed.”

To attend the free virtual celebration, register online.  A link to attend the event will be sent after registration. For questions or issues with registration, email The event will also be streamed live on McCarter’s Facebook page.