Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey


3 Vreeland Road
Florham Park, NJ 07932
County: Morris


Ms. Bonnie J. Monte

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For general operating support of the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey's 2014-15 season of artistic and education programs.

Organization Background

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is one of the nation's most senior, largest, and prestigious classical theatres, serving 100,000 children and adults annually. The longest running Shakespeare theatre on the East Coast, the company marks its 52nd season in 2014. In 2013 and early 2014, the Theatre was engaged in the creation of a new Strategic Plan, and as part of that process, we revamped our mission statement to better reflect the scope and import of our work. It is as follows: The artists and Trustees of The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey bring dramatic masterpieces of the past to dynamic new life to inspire present lives as well as future visions of the world. We are a teaching theatre, fervently dedicated to providing transformative experiences through live performances of the classics. We integrate education and learning into all our endeavors, while promoting literacy, a culture of enlightenment, a dedication to excellence, and a keen awareness of how the arts are a necessity to the health of the collective mind and soul of any great civilization.

Annually, we present six productions on our Main Stage, the F. M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, located on the campus of Drew University in Madison, and each summer we offer one long-run production at our Outdoor Stage, the Greek Theatre at the College of St. Elizabeth in Florham Park. The company is New Jersey's pre-eminent provider of theatre education programs, offering a myriad of distinct opportunities that serve students, teachers, emerging artists and the general public. All promote literacy, community, collaboration, creativity and cultural advancement.

For 24 years, Artistic Director Bonnie J. Monte has led the Theatre's staff which is comprised of dedicated artists, educators and administrators. During Monte's tenure, she has provided astute artistic and organizational leadership resulting in significant programmatic expansion, critical acclaim, budgetary growth, and the creation of the Kirby Theatre and the company's new support facility. Key staff include: Jeanne Barrett, Managing Director; Brian B. Crowe, Director of Education; Heidi Speckhart, Director of Development; Steve Beckel, Director of Production; and Rick Engler, Director of Marketing.

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