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Friday, January 22, 2016

Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey Changes Its Name


Madison, NJ — After 30 years of working with theatre artists and students to help develop the dramatic imagination, Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey is changing its name to Writers Theatre of New Jersey. Since its founding in 1986, Playwrights Theatre’s focus on process made it an important part of the New Jersey education and theatre communities as a place that values and encourages the courageous act of creation.

“For about 20 years, now, our programming had branched out to poetry and prose through our partnership with the NJ State Council on the Arts on the New Jersey Writers Project,” said John Pietrowski, Writers Theatre Artistic Director (photo). About 15 years ago, we added development work with professional prose writers and poets through the New Jersey Literary Artist Fellowship Program, also a NJSCA partnership. Since then, we have expanded into other areas in these genres, including our partnership on Jersey Shorts with the creative writing program at William Paterson University. I want the perception of the organization to reflect the work of these writers and students, as well.”

Writers Theatre of New Jersey will continue to serve the theatre community as a home for new play development, with nineteen readings of new work planned in 2016, in Madison, Summit, Morristown, and Jersey City, along with our annual Mainstage Productions and co-productions with NJ PAC, the New Jersey Theatre Alliance, and other theatres. WTNJ will also continue its educational programming, with the New Jersey Writers Project, Poetry Out Loud, and other projects that, combined, reached over 35,000 students in nearly 25% of New Jersey schools in 2015.

In addition to its continuing programs, Writers Theatre will also introduce new programs like the Drew Capstone Project at Drew University, a newly-minted partnership to produce plays by women playwrights with Jersey City’s Speranza Theatre Company and the Jersey City Theatre Center, and a new website that will be rolling out in early February at www.wtnj.org, which will contain information on all aspects of Writers Theatre, including all WTNJ performances, programs, and opportunities.

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