Michael S. Rosenberg leaves La Jolla Playhouse for McCarter Theatre

McCarter Theatre Center’s Board of Trustees has announced the appointment of nationally respected arts leader Michael S. Rosenberg as its managing director.
McCarter Theatre Center’s Board of Trustees has announced the appointment of nationally respected arts leader Michael S. Rosenberg as its managing director.

McCarter Theatre Center’s Board of Trustees have announced the appointment of Michael S. Rosenberg as managing director. A nationally respected arts leader, Rosenberg will work together with McCarter’s artistic director/resident playwright Emily Mann and special programming director William W. Lockwood in leading Princeton’s Tony Award- winning arts institution.

Currently, Rosenberg is the managing director at La Jolla Playhouse in California, will join McCarter Theatre Center this spring.

During his time at La Jolla Playhouse, beginning in (2009),  Rosenberg led the Playhouse team to increases in subscription, ticket, and philanthropic income. He also helped develop and produce new work by Ayad Akhtar, Trey Anastasio, Quiara Alegría Hudes, John Leguizamo, Herbert Siguenza, Basil Twist, Doug Wright, and The Flaming Lips.

He currently serves on the Boards of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Theatre Communications Group, where he is on the Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee.

“We have just concluded the largest fundraising effort in our 88-year history and have built a sound financial foundation for the future,” said “We are delighted to have Michael join McCarter at this exciting time,” said Leslie Kuenne, McCarter Theatre Center president of the board of trustees.

“I am honored that one of the leading managing directors in the country, Michael Rosenberg, will be joining McCarter Theatre,” said Emily Mann. “Michael will bring new energy and great excitement to Princeton when he joins us this spring as my new partner. I could not be happier.”

About McCarter Theatre Center

Emily Mann and Christopher Durang at the 2013 Tony Awards. Durang won the Best Play Tony for "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,. The play premiered at McCarter Theatre in Princeton in 2012 and was directed by Mann. (PHOTO: Shevett Studios)
Emily Mann and Christopher Durang at the 2013 Tony Awards. (PHOTO: Shevett Studios)

It’s recognized as one of the nation’s premier theater companies. Renowned for major contributions to the theatrical canon, McCarter premieres include such works as Christopher Durang’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play). McCarter was honored in 1994 with the Regional Theatre Tony Award®. Thanks to the efforts of Special Programming Director William W. Lockwood, McCarter Theatre Center is also a premier presenter of artists renowned around the world and across genres as varied as dance, classical, pop, jazz, performance art, comedy, magic, children’s theatre, and much more.

Campaign for McCarter

Under the leadership of Campaign Co-Chairs and McCarterTrustees Kathleen Nolan and Robert J. Caruso the campaign is the largest fundraising effort in the institution’s 88-year history, raising over $10 million for McCarter’s endowment while increasing annual fund support for general operations.  McCarter’s endowment funds include the McCarter LAB; the Presented Events Series; Audience Access Programs; Education and Engagement; and the Emerging Leaders Program.

The campaign was bolstered by two challenge grants.  A $500,000 challenge grant from Betty Wold Johnson was received in September and was instrumental in helping to close out the campaign.  The campaign also received a $250,000 challenge grant

Special programming director William W. Lockwood. (PHOTO: McCarter Theatre)
Special programming director William W. Lockwood. (PHOTO: McCarter Theatre)

in support of the Presented Events endowment.  This endowment will be renamed as the William W. Lockwood Presented Series Fund, in honor of McCarter’s long time Special Programming Director. This fund was created to ensure future generations of McCarter patrons will benefit from the wide array of artists, events, and new ideas presented on McCarter’s stages.

“This campaign has been critical to ensuring that McCarter remains a vital cultural institution for the next generation of theater lovers, an artistic home for emerging and legendary playwrights from all backgrounds and a beacon of the very best in the performing arts in our community.” said Emily Mann, Artistic Director and Resident Playwright. Mann went on to state that “having a vibrant producing theater coupled with a world class roster of Presented Events is foundational to the extraordinary quality of civic life in this region.”

Leslie Kuenne, President of the Board of Trustees, noted the importance of this campaign saying “I would like to thank everyone who contributed to the Campaign for making meaningful personal gifts to this institution. Thanks to such remarkable support and outpouring of generosity, McCarter will continue to thrive and serve Princeton and the surrounding community.  I would also like to thank our patrons and the thousands of individuals who support McCarter with an annual contribution. The $1.5 million in donations we receive annually from our community is also a remarkable testament to the importance of McCarter in people’s lives.”

Unique among similarly-sized performing arts organizations, McCarter Theatre Center is a major cultural center housing both a nationally-recognized Theater Series and a world-class Presented Series with hundreds of performances gracing its two stages annually. McCarter also provides important arts education in the several local school districts, sending its teaching artists into classrooms to assist teachers and educators.  The McCarter LAB is an important incubator for emerging and established playwrights, providing support for and development of new work.

McCarter’s programming significantly improves the quality of life for those living in the region and provides an invaluable cultural richness treasured by community members and artists from around the world.

McCarter is supported by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Princeton University, and over 2,000 individuals, corporations, community leaders, and foundations. For more info visit mccarter.org.