Princeton Festival


P.O. Box 2063
Princeton, NJ 08543
County: Mercer


Dr. David H. Brown, Ph.D.

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For project support of the production of 'Porgy and Bess' as part of the Princeton Festival's Tenth Anniversary season.

Organization Background

Our mission is to enrich our communities by providing an excellent array of performing arts and lifelong learning in the arts to audiences of all ages.

The Princeton Festival (TPF) has established a strong profile as a multi-faceted, summer performing arts festival attracting people from throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond. Celebrating our tenth season in 2014, the Festival produces and presents an engaging pallet of performances that push artistic boundaries, and preserve works less frequently performed, while balancing the esoteric with popular programming. Our aim is to provide powerful as well as entertaining cultural experiences which are designed to attract a diversified audience of varied tastes, ages and budgets.

TPF has grown from five events in 2005 to thirty seven events in twelve genres in more than ten different venues in 2013, always with a balanced budget and carrying no debt. During our first nine seasons, we have achieved measurable success with our main stage operas and musicals and through our many partnerships. Under the leadership of founding General and Artistic Director Richard Tang Yuk, and with an eight year partnership with Opera Director Steven LaCosse, The Festival is achieving recognition from its growing audience, professional artists, student musicians, funders and the press.

TPF makes a significant cultural and economic contribution to the region during the summer when most arts organizations are closed.

Recent accomplishments:

1. Since inception in 2005 the annual compound rate of growth for ticketed attendance is 10.3%

2. Our earned income from 2013 ticket sales broke all previous box office records representing a 15.6% increase over 2012.

3. Receipt in 2013 of our third prestigious grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for excellence in opera with increased funding ($15,000 in 2012 to $17,500).

4. A Citation of Excellence from NJSCA in July 2013. TPF was one of only 18 organizations (out of 208) to receive an increase (albeit a small one) in general operating support.

5 Increased funding in 2014 from Horizon Foundation for NJ, Church and Dwight, and Princeton Friends of Opera.

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