Jersey City Childrens Theater


83 Wayne Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302
County: Hudson


Mr. Carlos Fighetti

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For general operating support of mainstage productions, Plays in the Parks, educational programs, and organizational development.

Organization Background

Jersey City Children's Theater was founded in 2011 to enrich youth, families and the community by engaging them physically, intellectually and intuitively through play, offering performances and training based on the theater games of Viola Spolin and the Story Theater technique of Paul Sills. JCCT understands and promotes the present and future value of play. Having seen its power to transform individuals and communities, we believe the play MUST go on!

Kathy Hendrickson, an expert in the field of actor training for both youth and adults, founded the organization to fulfill the need of Jersey City's growing, diverse population for accessible, world-class theater performance and arts education programming. With an expert team of professional actors and educators, JCCT has grown into a respected and sought-out member of the Jersey City arts community. Since 2011, JCCT has served over 13,000 New Jersey residents, mounted 11 mainstage productions, launched Plays in the Parks, taught in 12 Jersey City schools, taught more than 1,000 in-house classes, and led students through 80 culminating "final presentations." JCCT believes in collaboration, and continues to work with other Hudson County arts and community organizations, most notably Nimbus Dance Works (JC Summer Arts) and the Jersey City Parks Coalition (Plays in the Parks). In addition, JCCT has provided paid part-time acting and teaching work for 14 New Jersey artists.

In May of 2015, Founding Artistic Director Kathy Hendrickson announced that she was resigning from JCCT, and returning to her hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota to take a Professor of Theater Arts position. With only three months from the announcement of her resignation until the end of her involvement in day-to-day activities, as well as the abrupt resignation of several board members, the future of the organization was in doubt. Despite these challenges, parents, board members, and community members rallied to save the JCCT, and 2015 became a year of transition and new opportunities. Despite the significant changes in the past year, JCCT's mission remains the same, and is still becoming a reality across Jersey City: to transform individuals and communities through theater arts.

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