The Investors Foundation has awarded a $5,000 grant to The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, the state’s largest professional theater company dedicated to the presentation of Shakespeare’s dramatic works.  The grant follows a similar grant provided by the Foundation in 2011.

The funds will once again support the organization’s educational touring company, Shakespeare Live!, which performs at more than 110 schools throughout New Jersey and the surrounding regions.  The Theatre’s flagship outreach program, Shakespeare Live!, presents fully staged performances of Shakespeare’s plays and other classic productions.  The program is the only recipient statewide of a National Endowment of the Arts grant designed to bring the works of Shakespeare to a new generation of students.

“This grant will help us bring performances to schools that may otherwise be unable to afford a professionally staged theater production,” explained Shakespeare Theatre Director of Development Molly Dunn.

“We are tremendously grateful for the ongoing support and friendship of the Investors Foundation,” added Bonnie J. Monte, who has served as the Theatre’s artistic director for more than 20 years.  “Their generosity will ensure that our talented performers, production staff, and support personnel can continue to offer world-class education and outreach programs.”

"Since its inaugural season in 1997, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey has served nearly half a million students, including many in underserved schools," said Kevin Cummings, president and CEO of Investors Bank.  "The Foundation is pleased to offer its continued support of this important educational effort."

For more information about Shakespeare Live!, now in its 16th season, visit www.shakespearenj.org.