Colab Arts Inc


5 Lorain Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
County: Middlesex


Mr. John P. Keller, Jr.

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To link Rutgers University-Mason Gross School of the Arts Alumni with student artists in the local public school system. This partnership provides in-depth hi quality arts education and mentoring to students while engaging emerging professional artists with their community. We see to do this with a three part program including 1) In school residencies, 2) Integrating students and professionals in spring school theater production, and 3) A summer bridge project linked with college preparatory experiences.

Organization Background

From its inception in 2006 as a Rutgers University student organization, coLAB Arts' mission has been to support emerging artists producing cutting-edge work, while serving the greater New Brunswick community. coLAB Arts, Inc. was officially founded in 2007 and achieved 501(c)(3) status in February 2010. Its activities span theater, dance, film, music, visual art and creative writing. coLAB provides artists with physical space, technical, financial and administrative support to produce and present their work. This year's activities include a joint program with the Lustig Dance Theatre to provide residencies for emerging choreographers, a summer music concert series, a Puppet Slam and a theater arts education program with New Brunswick High School.

Daniel Swern, coLAB Arts' Producing Director, is also a Board member and Production Logistics Coordinator at Holiday Image. He has co-artistic directed/produced many coLAB Arts productions including the New Brunswick Theatre Festival (NBTF), Breakthrough Arts Fest, and The Orphanage play reading series. John Keller is a member of coLAB Arts leadership and Co-Artistic Director of NBTF. He holds an M.F.A. in Acting from Rutgers University and is a working actor and teaching-artist. New Brunswick musicians and music scene regulars Morgan Chen and Mark Weinberg co-curated a music series. Lauren Connally who is curating the dance residency is a member of Meagan Woods Company. She holds a BFA in Dance from Rutgers University and has presented her work widely including the Kennedy Center. She is the recipient of multiple awards for exceptional achievements as a choreographer.

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