Tuesday, August 29, 2017

First Monday Masters, a new series of master classes at Two River Theater

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RED BANK, NJ — Two River Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst, announces First Monday Masters, a new series of  master classes that will be led by artists affiliated with Two River Theater’s recent productions and current season.

“Classes will be taught by actors, directors, playwrights, and designers,” says Kate Cordaro, Director of Education at Two River Theater. “We are thrilled that these great artists are eager to further engage with our audiences in this way. It’s just one advantage of working in a professional theater that attracts the highest level of talent—getting to share that talent with students and lifelong learners.”

All First Monday Masters are on Monday evenings from 6pm-8pm at Two River Theater. Some master classes will be for high-school students, some for adults, and some will be for mixed ages. Spots are limited. Each master class costs $40; participants can book two classes at a discounted price of $35 per class. To reserve a spot or for more information, patrons should visit the Education tabs at or call 732.345.1400.

The schedule of First Monday Masters for 2017 is as follows; additional classes will be announced at a later date.

September 11 - Musical Theater Dance Workshop with Caleb Teicher– For adults and high school students

Caleb Teicher was Assistant Choreographer of Two River’s smash world-premiere musical, Be More Chill. In this fun and energetic master class, Caleb will teach participants some moves from Be More Chill, as well as elements of various dance styles that span the past century of American musical theater (a bit of tap, body percussion, swing dance, hip hop and more). No prior dance experience is required and people of all abilities are encouraged to participate.

October 2 – Acting Class with Crystal A. Dickinson – For adults and high school students

Crystal A. Dickinson will be seen on the Two River stage this season as “Ruth Younger” in A Raisin in the Sun after making her debut here in August Wilson’s Seven Guitars. She appeared on Broadway in You Can’t Take It with You and Clybourne Park. Crystal will lead a master class in acting, helping the participants find a personal connection to character and action.

November 6 – Playwriting with Madeleine George – For adults

Madeleine George, Two River’s first Playwright-in-Residence, is one of the most ambitious and inventive playwrights working in the contemporary theater. She is a Pulitzer Prize nominee, and her most recent Two River Theater production, Hurricane Diane, was praised in the New York Times as “a puckish and brainy new eco-play.” Madeleine will lead participants through a monologue-writing workshop, exploring three different kinds of monologues and the different ways theatrical characters come to life on stage.

December 4 – Directing with Michael Cumpsty – For adults and high school students

Michael Cumpsty is a Tony Award-nominated actor and director who has appeared in 17 Broadway shows and numerous Two River Theater productions, including The Lion in Winter and Present Laughter. He will direct The Importance of Being Earnest in Two River Theater’s 2017/18 Season. Michael’s master class in directing will help participants find a deep engagement with the text they are exploring.


Two River Theater is supported in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, Monmouth University, The Shubert Foundation, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Riverview Medical Center, The Stone Foundation of New Jersey, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation,  The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, Springpoint Senior Living Foundation at the Atrium at Navesink Harbor, Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Jorgensen Foundation, Wells Fargo, William T. Morris Foundation, Investors Foundation, Brookdale Community College, and many other generous foundations, corporations and individuals.

Since its founding in 1994, Two River Theater has been committed to creating great American theater by developing and producing work by some of the country’s leading artists. We are proud to be viewed as a vital cultural resource in the community of Red Bank, New Jersey. Through 10 theatrical productions each year (including world premieres, musicals, classics and theater for young audiences) and 50+ annual events happening around Monmouth County, we produce exceptional theater and cultivate engaged audiences. Two River celebrates and honors our core values of Artistic Excellence; Education and Community Engagement; Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; and Operational Excellence. Two River Theater is under the leadership of Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst. For more information, visit or call 732.345.1400.

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