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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s Bonnie J. Monte a finalist for Stage Directors and Choreographers Award.

monteoutShakespeare Theatre of New Jersey Artistic Director Bonnie J. Monte a finalist for the 2014 Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation (SCDF) Zelda Fichandler Award.

The prestigious award is presented to a director in a different region of the country (West, Central and East) each year to recognize an outstanding director or choreographer who is transforming the regional arts landscape through imaginative, brave work in theatre.

This year, after an unprecedented number of nominations, the selection committee chose to honor five "significant directors" as finalists in addition to naming a recipient of the award, according to foundation officials.

The committee cited Monte for her "sustained and forward-thinking dedication to classical theater and education."

In addition to Monte, the finalists include Tracy Bridden with City Theatre Company in Pittsburgh, Steven Cosson of the Civilians in New York City, Kwame Kwei-Armah of Baltimore CenterStage, and Preston Lane of Triad Stage in Greensboro, N. C. Joseph Haj, the Producing Artistic Director of PlayMakers Repertory Company in Chapel Hill, N.C., was awarded the 2014 prize.

The award is named for Zelda Fichandler, a founder of Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., and a pioneer of the American regional theatre movement. SDCF recognizes the profound impact of the founders of regional theatre and honors their legacy. This annual award is cycled through the three regions of the country -- West, Central and East. Nominations for the award are made by peers in the field.

Founded in 1965, SDCF exists to foster, promote and develop the craft and creativity of stage directors and choreographers. SDCF’s goals are to provide opportunities to practice the crafts of directing and choreography; to gather and disseminate craft and career information; to promote the profession to emerging talent; to provide opportunities for exchange of knowledge among directors and choreographers; and to increase the awareness of the value of directors’ and choreographers’ work, according to a foundation press release.

3218103771_0b07b5e61b (1)One of the leading Shakespeare theatres in the nation, serving 100,000 adults and children annually, The Shakespeare Theatre is New Jersey’s largest professional theatre company dedicated solely to Shakespeare’s canon and other world classics. Through its distinguished productions and education programs, the company strives to illuminate the universal and lasting relevance of the classics for contemporary audiences, according to theater officials. It is an independent, professional theatre company located on the Drew University campus in Madison. The Outdoor Stage is located on the campus of the College of St. Elizabeth and the Theatre’s support and education facility is in Florham Park.

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s programs are made possible, in part, by funding from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as funds from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional major support is received from The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, F.M. Kirby Foundation, The Edward T. Cone Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, and CTW Foundation, as well as contributions from numerous corporations, foundations, government agencies and individuals. The 2014 Outdoor Stage production of The Learned Ladies is sponsored by Bank of America.

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