Monday, March 7, 2016

Paper Mill Playhouse Wins TWO People’s Choice Awards Both Main Stage Productions and Education Programs Honored


(Millburn, NJ) Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee- Producing Artistic Director, Todd Schmidt- Managing Director) has won two 2016 Discover Jersey Arts People’s Choice Awards. Paper Mill Playhouse was awarded, “Favorite Theater at See a Musical” and “Favorite Theater Camp” last Friday by the ArtPride New Jersey Foundation at the annual New Jersey Conference on Tourism in Atlantic City. The awards were accepted by Paper Mill Playhouse Managing Director Todd Schmidt and the theater’s Director of Press and Public Relations Shayne Austin Miller. 

 The categories ranged from theater and performing arts center, to museum and gallery, to symphony and dance company (along with many more -- there were 16 in all). More than 100 nonprofit arts groups and arts districts were nominated for the 2016 Awards by members of the arts community. From the nominations, the public chose their favorites in the 16 categories, with over 21,000 ballots cast for arts organizations statewide. The awards, which takes place annually to honor the work of New Jersey's vital, vibrant and diverse arts community, saw the greatest number of voters since its inception in 2008.

“Paper Mill Playhouse is both humbled and honored to receive two People’s Choice Awards,” remarked Todd Schmidt, Paper Mill Playhouse Managing Director. “These awards are a gift from the audiences and students we serve throughout the State of New Jersey.”

Paper Mill Playhouse received a total of 8,875 votes in the category for “Favorite Theater at See a Musical” accounting for nearly 66% of the votes cast and 3,952 votes for “Favorite Theater Camp” with over 36% of the vote. For complete results visit:

“We are so thankful for the outpouring of support from community that we serve,” said Mark S. Hoebee, Producing Artistic Director of Paper Mill Playhouse. “We are overjoyed to receive an award for our Paper Mill Players Theater Camp, part of our Theatre School which has served the community and the state for more than 25 years. Programs like our Theatre School, Adult Theater Classes, classes for students with autism and other developmental disabilities and our Summer Musical Theatre Conservatory give students a supportive environment in which to study and explore elements of performance and learn essential life skills.”

For detailed results and more information, visit The People's Choice Awards are coordinated through the Discover Jersey Arts program, a cosponsored project of the ArtPride New Jersey Foundation and New Jersey State Council on the Arts aimed at increasing the awareness of and participation in the arts.


Favorite Theater to See a Musical: Paper Mill Playhouse (Millburn)
Favorite Theater Camp: Paper Mill Players (Millburn)
Favorite Large Performing Arts Center: New Jersey Performing Arts Center–NJPAC (Newark)
Favorite Small Performing Arts Center: South Orange Performing Arts Center–SOPAC (South Orange)
Favorite Theater to See a Play: McCarter Theatre (Princeton)
Favorite Art Museum: Grounds For Sculpture (Hamilton)
Favorite Art Gallery: Arts Council of Princeton (Princeton)
Favorite Symphony/Orchestra: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra–NJSO (Newark)
Favorite Choral Group: Newark Boys Chorus (Newark)
Favorite Dance Company: American Repertory Ballet (Princeton)
Favorite Opera Company: Opera at The Princeton Festival (Princeton)
Favorite Music Festival: Cape May Music Festival (Cape May)
Favorite Film Festival: Montclair Film Festival (Montclair)
Favorite Adult Art Class: Montclair Art Museum's Yard School of Art (Montclair)
Favorite Art Camp: Montclair Art Museum's SummerART Camp (Montclair)
Favorite Downtown Arts District: Red Bank

Honorable Mentions:
Favorite South Jersey Arts Camp: Appel Farm Arts Camp (Elmer)
Favorite Central Jersey Performing Arts Center: State Theatre (New Brunswick)
Favorite South Jersey Theater: The Eagle Theatre (Hammonton)

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