Writers Theatre of New Jersey
28 Walnut Street
P.O. Box 1295
Madison, NJ 07940
ContactMr. John A. Pietrowski
To support Writers Theatre's National New Play Development program and statewide education programs in schools and community organizations.
Writers Theatre of New Jersey is a community of artists and arts educators dedicated to the development and production of new works for performance. Founded in 1986 as a theatre supporting new plays, efforts have expanded to the nurturing and performance of all creative writing genres. Seeing creativity as a basic human need and right, we make the creative process accessible to everyone, and have developed an extensive arts education effort. We also support a thriving arts ecology, seamlessly connecting new work development to arts education efforts, by generating creative and authentic partnerships with other organizations, and actively engaging with Creative Placemaking efforts in our local (and other communities). Programs include: 1. The New Work Development Program, national in scope, operates through a multi-phase process of readings and productions and involves the general community. Included in this program are a number of special initiatives, The NJ Playwrights Program, which works with three writers over an eighteen-month period developing a script through private and public readings; The Literary Artist Fellowship Program, which presents public performances of the winners of NJSCA Fellows in poetry, prose, and playwriting, and Youth Driven Theatre projects, which focus on plays by and about youth; 2. The NJ Writers Project, which teaches poetry, prose and playwriting in school and community settings across New Jersey in individual classrooms, special needs and local initiatives, as well as work with senior citizens and populations with disabilities, and includes the NJ Young Playwrights Program and Festival; 3. Poetry Out Loud, the national high school poetry recitation contest and; 4. The Creative Arts Academy, our on-site lifelong learning effort.
Playwrights is led by Artistic Director John Pietrowski, assisted in new work development by Associate Artistic Director James Glossman and on the Education side by Director of Education Jim Devivo and Poetry Out Loud Assistant Coordinator Kay Potucek. Rodney Gilbert works as the Coordinator of the Newark Writers Program. Marketing and Community Development are handled by Walter Rodriguez, and Jim Ligon manages the box office and database operations.