Centenary Stage Company


Centenary College
400 Jefferson Street
Hackettstown, NJ 07840
County: Warren


Ms. Catherine Rust

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For general operating support of Centenary Stage's year-round theatre, music and dance programming, annual Dance Fest, and full array of educational outreach programs including Shakesperience.

Organization Background

Over the past 28 years, CSC has grown from a small organization to a vibrant year-round company with over 200 performances a year. The heart of the organization is the theatre series, with a reputation for taking risks and developing new work. Our Women Playwright Series (in its 23rd year) provides a working forum for emerging women writers, and our Young Performers Workshops in its 22nd year), had introduced over 2600 young thespians to the performance arts with hands-on production experience and over 50 performances a year. Our new Young Audience Series now tours to schools with performance and workshop fro Bergen County to the Pinelands. Our Great Authors Out Loud and Shakesperience programs develop appreciation for classical texts and ideas. Our concert and event series provide a diversity of cultural experiences for our region, while also helping to financially sustain and strengthen the core organization. Our new Dance Festival seeks to develop audiences for contemporary dance by featuring the work of 3 NJ Dance Companies each year, enhanced by free "day of dance" events and seminars and talkbacks. The organization is led by a core group of professionals, all with advanced degrees, and experienced professionals in performance and management. Management has remained stable for over 20 years. Many of the staff also teach in the college theatre program , and the Executive Director also chairs the fine arts program at the college, creating a strong climate for collaboration. In 2010 CSC moved into the new Lackland Center, with its 500-seat Sitnik Theater, Kutz BlackBox Theatre and the largest dance studio in the region. Through ambitious planning and campaigning by the dynamic CSC advisory board, we have enjoyed well over 100% increase in attendance, robust programming expansion and substantially increased sponsorship since the transition.

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