Monday, January 29, 2018

Two River Theater winter/spring schedule of guest artists for First Monday Masters

Two River Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst, announces the winter/spring schedule of guest artists for First Monday Masters, its popular new series of  master classes led by artists affiliated with Two River Theater’s recent productions and current season.

All First Monday Masters are on Monday evenings at Two River Theater. Some master classes are for high-school students, some for adults, and some are for mixed ages. Spots are limited. Each master class costs $40. 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 winter/spring 2018 is as follows:

February 5 - Adapting Shakespeare for Modern Audiences with Sara Holdren - For adults and high-school students, limited to 16 participants, 6:30-8:30pm
Sara Holdren, a director and teacher, is the Artistic Director/co-founder of Tiltyard theater company and lead theater critic for New York magazine and She was recently honored with the 2016/17 George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism, and this season she is adapting and directing Two River’s A Little Shakespeare: The Comedy of Errors. This master class is for anyone interested in how directors and designers approach producing Shakespeare for modern audiences.

March 5 - Costume Design with Jess Goldstein – For adults and high-school students, limited to 16 participants, 6:00-8:00pm
Tony Award-winning costume designer Jess Goldstein’s Two River credits include The Ballad of Little Jo and The Importance of Being Earnest. His more than 30 Broadway credits include Newsies: The Musical and Jersey Boys. He will walk the class through the costume design process from the page to the stage by discussing his work on new musicals and classic plays. This workshop will take place in Two River Theater’s Costume Shop!

April 9 - Devising (Creating) Theater with Matt Barbot - For adults and high-school students, limited to 16 participants, 6:00-8:00pm
Matt Barbot’s play El Coquí Espectacular and the Bottle of Doom is now enjoying its world premiere in Two River’s Marion Huber Theater. The Star-Ledger calls the play “smart, warm, inventive, vibrant, and simply a great deal of fun.”  Matt will get participants up on their feet and lead them through devised theater processes and other playwriting exercises.


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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