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Thursday, December 21, 2017

NJ Theatre Alliance Gets Grant from Investors Foundation to Expand the “SEE PROFESSIONAL THEATRE” Campaign

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(Morristown, NJ) New Jersey Theatre Alliance (“the Alliance”) received a $15,000 grant from Investors Foundation headquartered in Short Hills, NJ, for the second wave of the “See Professional Theatre” campaign. The grant will help the Alliance promote New Jersey’s professional theatres by funding a video series that will introduce people to the variety, accessibility, and high quality of New Jersey’s professional theatres.

“New Jersey has 31 professional, non-profit theatres that produce high-quality theatre that is recognized nationally,” said John McEwen, Executive Director of the Alliance. “Now we want to introduce people to our theatres by giving them a glimpse of the bustle and the personalities behind-the-scenes and on stage. The video series will do just that.”

The See Professional Theatre Campaign is designed to educate theatregoers as to the locations, the exceptional quality, and the affordability of NJ professional theatre, and encourage them to try new venues. The campaign video series will capture the exciting and unique elements of New Jersey professional theatre.

In discussing the grant, Investors Bank Senior Vice President Robert Zajac said, “We are proud to have the opportunity to support and be an advocate for professional theatre companies in the Garden State. By joining with the Alliance, we are helping audiences discover or re-discover the range of exceptional performances that are available to enjoy in our local communities. Our Bank and Foundation are long-term sponsors of the performing arts, and this grant is a wonderful example of how we are continuing that tradition.”

Alliance member theatres include Equity Producing Theatres American Theater Group in South Orange, Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum in Morristown, Cape May Stage in Cape May,Centenary Stage Company in Hackettstown, Crossroads Theatre Company in New Brunswick, Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre in Summit, The Eagle Theatre in Hammonton, East Lynne Theater Company in Cape May, The Garage Theatre Group in Teaneck, George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, The Growing Stage: The Children’s Theatre of New Jersey in Netcong, Luna Stage Company in West Orange, McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, New Jersey Repertory Company in Long Branch, Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, Passage Theatre Company in Trenton, Premiere Stages at Kean University in Union Pushcart Players in Verona, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey in Madison, Two River Theater in Red Bank, and Writers Theatre of New Jersey in Madison. Associate Theatres include Actors Shakespeare Company in Elizabeth, Alliance Repertory Theatre Company in Summit, The Company Theatre Group in Hackensack,Hudson Theatre Works in Weehawken, Midtown Direct Rep in Maplewood, Mile Square Theatre in Hoboken, Skyline Theatre Company in Fair Lawn, South Camden Theatre Company in Camden, The Theater Project in Maplewood, and Women’s Theater Company in Lake Hiawatha.

About New Jersey Theatre Alliance

New Jersey Theatre Alliance was the first statewide service organization for professional, not-for-profit theatre companies in the United States, and is a leader in developing model programs that unite, promote, strengthen, and cultivate professional theatre in New Jersey. Funding for New Jersey Theatre Alliance, a not-for-profit organization, is provided in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations including the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Bank of America, Prudential Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, and The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey. More information can be found at njtheatrealliance.org.

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