George Street Playhouse

Address

9 Livingston Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
County: Middlesex
www.gsponline.org

Contact

Mr. David Saint

Grant Amount

$75,000

Program Area

Arts

Focus

Grant Details

For general operating support of George Street Playhouse's mainstage productions and arts education programs.

Organization Background

Our mission is "to enrich people's lives by producing world-class theatre." Our purpose in developing new work on the Mainstage and for the Touring Theatre is a critical component of GSP's mission; it demonstrates our values and contributes to the ongoing development of American theatre. To accomplish our mission, GSP focuses on four main goals:

-Create high quality theatre that is intellectually and emotionally challenging, including new works and re-imagined classics.

-Create a nurturing home for the highest level of professional artists.

-Serve the community with educational programs that are shaped by the diverse character of our region.

- Serve as a vital cultural institution in New Jersey and a creative force nationally.

Each season, Artistic Director David Saint selects works that stir our hearts and engage our intellects to bring five fully-staged productions to the GSP mainstage. In keeping with our mission to develop new works for the American stage, in recent years GSP has premiered such notable works as, "It Shoulda Been You" (Broadway-bound in spring 2015 with several cast and crew from the GSP production), "The Toxic Avenger", "The Spitfire Grill", and "Proof." During the past season (2013/2014) GSP's mainstage was the home for the world premieres of two new works, Ken Davenport's rock musical "Gettin' the Band Back Together" and "Clever Little Lies" starring Marlo Thomas. Both attracted producers interested in bringing the shows to New York in the near future. "Clever Little Lies" opens off-Broadway in March.

Our Arts-in-Education Department, under Director of Education and Outreach Jim Jack, continues to grow its Artist-in-Residency programs, currently serving over 2,000 children, most with language and literacy challenges, and to expand its repertoire of character and issue-driven educational plays for students dealing with issues ranging from cyber-bullying and intolerance to childhood obesity and environmental sustainability.

Other key personnel include Managing Director Kelly Ryman, Director of Marketing Christopher Howatt, Production Manager Christopher Bailey, Director of Patron Services Janet Tappen and Business Manager Karen Price, all of whom have between fourteen and 26 years of service to GSP.

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