Saturday, August 26, 2017

New Jersey Repertory Company presents FALL 2017 ARTS EDUCATION CLASSES

October 17 – November 18, 2017


Discover your inner artist, actor, author, or arts aficionado with NJ Rep!

New Jersey Repertory Company is excited to offer an interesting, informative and inspiring array of classes at our newly acquired West End Arts Center located at 132 West End Avenue, Long Branch on Tuesday evenings and Saturday afternoons for five weeks, October 17th through November 18th.

LIFE-WESTEND4-7-6This fall, which marks NJ Rep’s third season of education programming, offers opportunities to learn new skills, conquer creative challenges, sharpen artistic expertise and expand cultural horizons with consumate professionals in their fields.  Improvise like a pro, write a play, paint with watercolors or explore the creative collaboration behind iconic literary works.

Tuesday Evening Courses include:

IMPROVISATION with Actor/Director, Wendy Peace, allows beginning-to-experienced participants to explore the fundamentals of improvisation in a safe, supportive environment. Using fun, easy games, exercises and hands-on activitities this course will spark your creativity, stimulate your imagination, and inspire spontaneous play!  Tuesdays, 7:00PM – 9:00PM, October 17 – November 14.  Tuition for five two-hour class sessions is 200.00.

BEGINNING PLAYWRITING with Award-winning Playwright, Joel Stone, is designed especially for aspiring writers and beginning playwrights, concentrating on techniques for effective storytelling, with an emphasis on style, format, and 10-minute play structure.  Develop your unique writer’s voice in a creative, nurturing environment.  Bring your story to life!  Tuesdays, 7:00PM – 9:00PM, October 17 – November 14.  Tuition for five two-hour class sessions is $200.00.

Saturday Afternoon Courses include:

THE ART & CRAFT OF SUCCESS with Pulitzer Prize nominee Playwright, Julie Gilbert, is a unique series of interactive talks that examine the creation, collaborative process and formative journey of literary greats, Giant, and Show Boat, from page-to-stage-to-screen.  Ms. Gilbert, great-niece and biographer of novelist and playwright, Edna Ferber, offers particpants an intimate, insider perspective using first-person writings, personal photos and film clips.  Saturdays, 11:00AM – 1:00PM, October 21 – November 18.  Tuition for five two-hour sessions is $200.00.

VISUAL ARTS SAMPLER with acclaimed Artists, Myke Karlowski and Jimmy Leslie, will focus on a different medium/technique every week including drawing, mixed media and watercolor painting.  This course offers participants the opportunity to express themselves in a brand new way, brush up old skills or simply play with pros in a comfortable, encouraging atmosphere.  Saturdays, 12:00PM– 3:00PM, October 21– November 18.  Tuitrion for five three-hour class sessions is $150.00, plus the cost of materials.

For information on how to register for classes, or more course details, please call New Jersey Repertory Company at 732-229-3166 or visit our website at

Who’s Who:

JULIE GILBERT (The Art & Craft of Success) Julie is a novelist, biographer, playwright and teacher. She is the Trustee of the Edna Ferber Estate, and was nominated for a National Book Critic’s Circle Award for FERBER: A BIOGRAPHY OF EDNA FERBER ANND HER CIRCLE (Doubleday) and a Pulitzer Prize nomination for OPPOSITE ATTRACTION: THE LIVES OF ERICH MARIA REMARQUE AND PAULETTE GODDARD (Pantheon). She has taught Fiction Writing and Playwriting at New York University and at Florida Atlantic University, and currently runs the Writer’s Academy at the Kravis Center of the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach, Florida. As a produced playwright, she has won the L.A. DramaLogue Award for THE COTTAGE and the Jerry Bock Award for Best New Musical for an adaptation of DINNER AT EIGHT, which was presented in London at the Drury Lane Salon and at the York Theater in Manhattan. She has had plays produced Off-Broadway in NYC at the Roundabout Theater, The Miranda Theater and HERE. Her play, PUMA, co-written with Frank Evans, was given a world premiere at New Jersey Repertory Company.  Her latest play, ONE TOUCH OF AVA, was in the Reading Series at New Jersey Repertory Company.

MYKE KARLOWSKI (Visual Arts Sampler) Myke is a painter and visual artist in Asbury Park. He graduated from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, where he was trained in traditional drawing and painting methods. He has been a resident artist in New York and Singapore. His work has been exhibited in Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and Philadelphia. His practice explores the physicality of painting media and the cognitive impact of color relationships.

JIMMY LESLIE (Visual Arts Sampler) After receiving his MFA from the New York Academy of Art, Jimmy spent 15 years as a college art professor until 2009 when he became the Resident Artist for Winsor & Newton and Liquitex Artist Materials where he gets to play with a lot of paint and Direct The Fine Art Collective education program.  New Jersey born and bred, his paintings have been exhibited nationwide in New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas, Nebraska, Idaho, Florida, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Massachusetts, Illinois and New Hampshire.  Jimmy works with diverse modes of expression in oil, acrylic, watercolor, and mixed media collage.  His work has most recently been shown at the North Charleston City Gallery, South Carolina, Salon Concrete, Red Bank, NJ, the Currier Museum Art Center, Manchester NH and a mural created in the fall of 2015 can be seen on the side of the Whitechapel Project in Long Branch, NJ.  Jimmy’s mixed media collage work is featured in the book, Überartful Observations, and his essay on creativity was recently published in Creativity: Creativite (Reflexions/Reflections) (Volume 1).

WENDY PEACE (Improvisation) Wendy's first experience with improvisation came when her Dad mistakingly took her, as a young child, to The Second City in Toronto. At first she got a thrill from hearing some words she wasn't suppose to hear. But, that soon gave way to the excitement and wonder of seeing a group of people magically create a story seemingly out of thin air. That interest and love continued in her improv based acting and teaching artist training in Toronto and New York City. As a teaching artist Wendy has worked with adults and children in improv, basic acting, scene and monologue study, Shakespeare, acting for the camera, as well as audition technique. As an actor, Wendy, a longtime NJ Rep Company Member, has performed in theaters across the U.S. as well as in Canada, the United Kingdom and Norway. Making sure she keeps the Canadian stereotype alive and well, Wendy also teaches hockey and curling.

JOEL STONE (Beginning Playwriting) Joel was formerly the Artistic Director of Off-Off Broadway's The Theatre Asylum, and he was the Theatre Education Coordinator for the New York City Board/Department of Education.  For the past four years, he has been an adjunct professor of playwriting at Monmouth University.  Currently, he serves as the Literary Manager at NJ Rep, and teaches playwriting courses for the theater’s new adult education program.  His long history with NJ Rep includes:  premiering the theater’s script-in-hand reading series with his play Horrors of Doctor Moreau (published by Samuel French, Inc.); co-producing One Night With You, a collection of six short plays about Elvis; an evening of Joel's short plays, including The Speck of Dust in Bugsy's Eye (featuring the late Kim Hunter); writing and directing for four of the theater’s Brut Festivals; directing the acclaimed production of Gino DiIorio’s Release Point; directing the theater’s award-winning Young Playwrights Project, Shelter From The Storm; and his NJPAC-commissioned play, The Calling, is set to debut at NJ Rep in 2018.

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