It's official, Playwrights Theatre has new administrative offices. Thanks to the forward-looking efforts of the Borough of Madison, with assistance from the Madison Board of Education, Playwrights Theatre is celebrating its 25th year in Madison in offices at the Madison Civic Center on 28 Walnut Street.
In a recent statement, Playwrights Artistic Director John Pietrowski said the following: "We are pleased and relieved to say we recently signed a three-year lease with the Borough of Madison to occupy space on the ground floor area of the Civic Center, the area that once housed the offices of the Madison Health Department. In exchange for the space, Playwrights Theatre is planning to provide substantial programming to the Borough in association with the Recreation Department, the Madison Senior Center, and MAASA, the Madison Alliance Against Substance Abuse. We will be sharing the space with the Adult School of the Chathams, Madison and Florham Park and are looking to partner with them on additional programmatic efforts. Eventually, we plan to share administrative functions as well.
"With the planned sale of the Green Village Rd. School becoming more and more a reality, we needed to secure our future in Madison. We are extremely grateful to Borough Council President Jeannie Tsukamoto for her leadership in shepherding us through this process, assuring our ability to continue our nationally recognized New Play Development Program and Educational Programs, which reaches over 30,000 students annually through the New Jersey Writers Project and Poetry Out Loud. Ms. Tsukamoto's vision, tireless advocacy, and her uncanny ability to initiate innovative and creative partnerships has guaranteed not only a future for one of New Jersey's Major Arts Organizations, but also allowed Playwrights Theatre to remain in Madison, where it contributes significantly to the Borough's economy and quality of life."
"We also remain committed to providing the Madison Young Playwrights Program to the Madison School District as we have for the past 25 years, and we are also grateful to Board President Lisa Ellis for helping to facilitate our current move. In an arrangement with the Madison Board of Education, Playwrights Theatre also plans to continue its popular Creative Arts Academy, which offers performing and writing programs for students pre-K through adult year round, including an extensive summer camp session, in classrooms in the Madison District."
"Playwrights Theatre's move to the new offices has been completed, but performances for the 2010-11 Season will continue at the Green Village Rd. School through December, where we will finish an accelerated season. While we have not yet secured performance space for our 2011-12 Season, we are in talks with interested parties, and plan to have an announcement within the next few months."
All contact information remains the same:
Mailing Address: PO Box 1295, Madison, New Jersey 07940
Physical Address: 28 Walnut St., Madison, New Jersey, 07940
Phone: 973-514-1787 x10 Box Office and Main Information
973-514-1787 x21 Creative Arts Academy Classes
973-514-1787 x14 Education Office
973-514-1787 x19 Volunteer Opportunities
Web Site: www.ptnj.org