Algonquin Arts


173 Main Street
Manasquan, NJ 08736
County: Monmouth


Mr. William Whitefield

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To support the overall operations of the organization, including the Broadway and Orchestra series, education/outreach activities and special events.

Organization Background

Algonquin Arts Theatre is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1992 with the mission to provide cultural enhancement and arts education to all audiences at the Jersey Shore through high-quality performances and programs in theatre, music, film and dance. The end goal is to foster appreciation of the arts and promote lifelong learning, particularly among underserved audiences including the economically disadvantaged, physically challenged, and senior citizens. AAT operates a 540-seat theatre that reopened in 1994 following its conversion from of a vacant movie house. In 2009 the independent Algonquin Arts Theatre non-profit organization purchased the theatre from the founders. 2011: In an effort to expand educational opportunities and on-stage offerings to the community, Algonquin Arts Theatre founded Algonquin Players and Algonquin Youth Ensemble, and started producing in-house shows for the first time. The first Algonquin Players production was Tuesdays With Morrie and the first AYE production involving Algonquin students along with an adult cast was Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. In 2013 the theatre embarked on a four year, 5.4 million capacity building Campaign to fund capital improvements, expand our repertoire and outreach programs, keep ticket prices affordable, meet community needs and ensure financial strength.

The education program has grown to include daytime programming for school groups and through a successful Performing Arts Academy. Over the past few years, AAT has begun in-house production in an effort to improve quality while also more closely integrating its students with professional main stage actors and teaching artists with the creation of the Algonquin Youth Ensemble.

The Algonquin's Board of Trustees is comprised of a talented group of seventeen, including artists, a CPA, attorney, financial manager, educators, and members of the business community. Executive Director, William Whitefield, an AEA actor, previously served as AAT's Education Director for two years. Since 2009, he and the Board have led the theatre through a transition that has included stabilizing a substantial operating debt, completing the purchase of the theatre building, and hiring Directors in Education, Development, Technical, Finance, Operations and Marketing.

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