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With over twenty years of producing experience at flagship theaters in the United States, Mara Isaacs is recognized as a field leader in new play and musical development and production as well as non-profit organizational leadership. She began her professional career at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, where she produced new play development programs and productions from 1990-1995. During that time, she developed a reputation as an advocate for artists and honed her ability to identify and nurture emerging plays and playwrights.

In 1995, Mara joined the McCarter Theatre Center staff, first as Resident Producer and then as Producing Director. For eighteen seasons, she produced McCarter's theater series and play development programs including numerous commissions and productions of new plays and musicals (by Christopher Durang, Edward Albee, Athol Fugard, Emily Mann, ReGina Taylor, Nilo Cruz, Tarell Alvin McCraney, Lydia Diamond, Eric Bogosian, Danai Gurira, Sarah Treem, Will Power and others) and transfers to Broadway (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Translations, Anna in the Tropics, Electra) and off-Broadway (The Brother/Sister Plays, Miss Witherspoon, Crowns), to theaters around the country (Goodman Theatre, Center Theatre Group, La Jolla Playhouse, Berkeley Rep and others) and internationally (South Africa's Market Theatre). She has collaborated with many directors on new and classic works, including Mary Zimmerman, Des McAnuff, Sam Buntrock, Rebecca Taichman, Lisa Peterson, Emily Mann, Stephen Wadsworth, Gary Griffin, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Mark Lamos, Nicholas Martin, Tina Landau, Garry Hynes, John Doyle and many others. During her tenure, she solidified McCarter's relationship with Princeton University's Lewis Center for the Arts.

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Mara Isaacs Productions

[Broadway, 2019]
[US Tour, 2016]
Artistic Advisor
[Broadway, 2013]
[Broadway, 2007]
Producing Director
[Broadway, 2003]
McCarter Theatre Center Producing Director

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Cove Park and Dundee Rep Launch New Musical Theatre Writing Residency and Call For Applications

Cove Park and Dundee Rep Theatre have announced a new residency for musical theatre writers to take place 4-17 March 2024. Learn more about the residency and how to apply here!

Tickets On Sale This Week For HADESTOWN in Albuquerque

Hadestown will come to Albuquerque in 2023. As part of the Popejoy Presents 2023-24 Broadway in New Mexico Season, the show will play Popejoy Hall for seven performances from December 6 - 10. Find out how to get tickets here!

HADESTOWN Tour Will Welcome New Cast Members Next Month

The full cast has been announced for the upcoming third year of the North American Tour of Hadestown. Dates are now confirmed through May 2024. Find out who is starring in the cast, and where to catch the show at a city near you!

HADESTOWN to Return to Los Angeles for a Limited Engagement in October

Discover the dates and locations for the highly anticipated limited engagement of Hadestown in Los Angeles this October. Don't miss your chance to witness the magic of this renowned musical.

Industry Pro Newsletter: UK Small Theatres Face Leadership Crisis and Saving the American Theater

In this issue, we uncover the varying success of Connecticut theaters, where Broadway hits thrive while mid-level shows struggle with ticket sales. We also look at multiple ideas on how to save the American theater - including a look at innovative approaches to funding in a piece by Cara Joy David.

Producer Hub and Other Fiscal Sponsors Help Break the Mold

Theater people have all spent a lot of time in recent months talking about how bad things are in the industry. And I believe there are solid reasons to keep writing about that. But in the next couple of weeks, I’m going to write about some of what is happening in the face of current obstacles.

HADESTOWN to Host First-Ever Autism Friendly Performance in Partnership with TDF

Find out when and where you can catch the first-ever autism friendly performance of the hit musical HADESTOWN, presented in partnership with TDF. Get all the details here.

Tickets For HADESTOWN At The Paramount On Sale August 8

Premera Blue Cross Broadway at The Paramount has announced that single tickets for Hadestown will go on sale to the public on Tuesday, August 8 at 10am.

HADESTOWN Comes to San Francisco in September

Hadestown, the winner of eight 2019 Tony Awards® including Best New Musical and the 2020 Grammy® Award for Best Musical Theater Album, will play limited engagements at two venues in the San Francisco Bay Area. Back by popular demand, Hadestown will perform at San Francisco’s Orpheum Theatre (1192 Market St.) from September 12–17, 2023 as part of BroadwaySF.

Powerhouse Women United to Bring ONE WOMAN SHOW to New York

Liz Kingsman’s One Woman Show arrived at off-Broadway’s Greenwich House Theater with what The New York Times’ Jason Zinoman called “enough buzz for an apiary.” The Olivier Award-nominated comedy had over twenty five-star reviews from overseas and the type of coverage that one only associates with the next big thing. But what is equally as remarkable is all of the lead producers have teams led by women, which is still a rarity even in 2023.

Rhinebeck Writers Retreat Hosting 21 Award-winning Musical Theatre Writers For Fully-funded Summer Residencies

For its 13th summer, Rhinebeck Writers Retreat is hosting 21 award-winning musical theatre writers of nine new musicals for nine consecutive weeklong residencies between June 25 and August 27.

Birmingham Rep Launches Victoria Wood Playwriting Prize For Comedy and the UK Premiere of New Musical BHANGRA NATION

On what would have been Comedy legend Victoria Wood's 70th Birthday, Sean Foley, the double Olivier Award-winning Artistic Director of Birmingham Repertory Theatre has announced the creation of the first ever major playwriting prize dedicated to the art of Comedy.

HADESTOWN Sets West End Return Date and Theatre

 Producers of Hadestown have confirmed the return of this multi award-winning new musical to the UK.  Winner of 8 Tony® Awards including ‘Best Musical’ and a Grammy® Award for ‘Best Musical Theatre Album’, Hadestown will make its West End premiere at the Lyric Theatre from Saturday 10 February 2024. 

Milwaukee Premiere Of HADESTOWN Opens Tonight

The Milwaukee premiere of Hadestown opens tonight, Tuesday, May 2 at 7:30pm at the Marcus Performing Arts Center for one week only through Sunday, May 7 as part of the 2022/23 Johnson Financial Group Broadway at the Marcus Center Season.

Black Theatre Coalition and AMC Networks Partner for Fellowships in Production and Casting

Black Theatre Coalition will illuminate the talents of those interested in Film and TV with a Production and Casting Fellowship with AMC Networks.

Performing Arts Fort Worth Presents HADESTOWN This Summer

Performing Arts Fort Worth, the non-profit owner and operator of Bass Performance Hall, announced that tickets are on sale now for HADESTOWN, making its Bass Hall debut in a limited engagement June 27 – July 2 as the final show of the 2022-2023 Broadway at the Bass Season presented by PNC Bank.

HADESTOWN to Return to Los Angeles for the Ahmanson's 2023-2024 Season

“Hadestown” will return to Los Angeles as part of Center Theatre Group / Ahmanson Theatre’s 2023-2024 Season. See performance dates, and learn how to purchase tickets!

Black Theatre Coalition Partners With Black Broadway Men Inc. for 2023 Playwriting Initiative

Black Theatre Coalition has announced a partnership with fraternal organization, Black Broadway Men.

HADESTOWN Teases London Transfer

As Hadestown just marked its 1000th performance on Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theatre, the show might soon have another reason to celebrate. A recent Instagram post reads: 'London. Spring is Coming. Wait For Us.'

Video: Watch HADESTOWN Celebrate 1000th Performance with Curtain Call Song

Hadestown, the Tony® and Grammy Award®-winning Best Musical, celebrated both tomorrow’s first day of Spring and the beloved show recently achieving a milestone 1,000 performances at Broadway’s Walter Kerr Theatre (219 West 48th Street) with a surprise appearance by songwriter Anaïs Mitchell and director Rachel Chavkin. Watch the full video!

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