Messages from our Executive Director

July 16, 2021

Dear Friends,

I'm thrilled to announce that the Carpenter Center will reopen this Fall! Look for an announcement at the end of summer revealing our season’s upcoming artists and performance dates.

While I can’t wait for our arts community to come together again in our theatre, challenges remain. If you're able, please consider making a gift to support the Carpenter Center and our efforts to ensure that our coming season is safe for all patrons, performers, volunteers, and stage crews. Thank you!

Until we reopen, I hope you’ll enjoy Beyond the Stage, our new series about the creative arts featuring in-depth conversations with artists, students, and educators. This month I invite you to explore music education with the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music’s own Dr. Ray Briggs. Browse earlier episodes to discover how CSULB dance graduates are bringing innovations to their field, and learn how our Arts for Life offerings have evolved to meet your needs. We’ll be bringing you more enlightening conversations throughout the summer—stay tuned!

Thank you again for your steadfast support during these past sixteen months and for sharing your eagerness to see the Carpenter Center reopen.

Megan Kline Crockett
Executive Director

May 12, 2021 — Voices for Justice with Nicholas Payton + Reopening FAQ

April 15, 2021 — Imagining Our Reopening

March 10, 2021 — A Look at Virtual Spring Events

January 21, 2021 — An Update on Winter/Spring Performances

December 23, 2020 — Happy Holidays!

October 14, 2020 — Voting Center Announcement

July 22, 2020 — An Update on Future Events + Patron Survey

June 3, 2020 — Black Lives Matter

May 26, 2020 — Fall Season Update

Dear Friends, Patrons, and Supporters,

On behalf of the Carpenter Center, know that our thoughts are with you and your loved ones during this challenging and unprecedented time. Your health and safety is our highest priority. We are therefore proactively suspending all public events for the remainder of our 2019/2020 season. 

Refund Information

All ticket purchases for upcoming Carpenter Center season events will be automatically refunded. Your patience is greatly appreciated.

  • You do not need to take any steps to initiate a refund
  • Carpenter Center season performance purchases made with a credit card in the last 90 days will be automatically refunded by point of purchase for the cost of the ticket
  • Carpenter Center season performance purchases made more than 90 days ago, or in person at the Carpenter Center Arts Ticket Office by cash or check, will automatically be issued a check to the on-file billing address for the cost of the ticket

While we are making every effort to issue refunds as quickly as possible, this is a time-consuming process even under the best of circumstances. We appreciate your patience.

Our Arts Ticket Office on campus is currently closed while our box office team works remotely. If you have additional questions, please contact the Arts Ticket Office by email at

Musical Theatre West: The Carpenter Center Ticket Office cannot assist with Musical Theatre West Tickets. Please contact MTW at 562.856.1999 or

We Need Your Help

With the suspension of our current season come new and unanticipated challenges. Your support is essential in allowing us to continue to bring the best performing arts experiences to you and the entire Carpenter Center community. If you are in a position to make a donation of any amount, thank you, on behalf of our theatre, our Arts for Life program, and our community arts programs. Donate Today

Important Links

Visit for the status of upcoming events at the Carpenter Center
Explore the University’s response to COVID-19 at

Moving Forward

As our entire community meets the challenges ahead of us, please know that our thoughts are with you. Together, we can come back strong—and the Carpenter Center can continue to be a venue for artistic, educational, and cultural experiences that enrich all our lives.

Though you may hear from us less, please know that we will continue to communicate important information to you through email, our website, and social media on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Thank you for your understanding, patience, and, critically, your vital support during this time. 

Thank you,
Megan Kline Crockett, Executive Director
And the entire Carpenter Center staff