Princeton Festival


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


Dr. David H. Brown, Ph.D.

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To support the Festival's eleventh season, featuring new Production of Mozart's le Nozze di Figaro and works in eleven other genres.

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 is on a trajectory to become a nationally recognized cultural destination for the performing arts.

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 eleventh season in 2015, 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 diverse audience of varied tastes, ages and budgets.

TPF has grown from five events in 2005 to thirty five events in twelve genres in more than ten different venues in 2014, always with a balanced budget and carrying no debt. During our first ten 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 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 through 2013 is 10.3%

2. Our earned income from 2014 ticket sales broke all previous box office

records representing a 27.2% increase over 2013.

3. Receipt in 2014 of our fourth prestigious grant from the National

Endowment for the Arts for Excellence in Opera with funding of $15,000.

4. A Citation of Excellence from NJSCA in July 2014.

5. Increased funding in 2015 from Horizon Foundation for NJ, Church and

Dwight, the Scheide Fund, and Princeton Friends of Opera.

6. New funding from the G.R. Dodge Foundation ($10,000) and from

Janssen Pharmaceuticals ($5,000).

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