The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey announced that Jeanne Barrett, general manager of The Shakespeare Theatre since late 2009, has been named Managing Director. Board of Trustees president Karl Meister made the appointment official at the Theatre’s annual meeting in December, 2010.  Ms. Barrett will oversee the business operations and finances of the Theatre, and, together with Artistic Director Bonnie J. Monte and a team of six Senior Staff members oversee the production, artistic, education, development, and marketing operations. “Jeanne’s work over the past year has been exemplary, and we are thrilled to partner her with Bonnie J. Monte to guide this extraordinary institution as it reaches new heights,” said Mr. Meister.  
 
Ms. Barrett spent 20 years as a Vice President with The Chase Manhattan Bank where she began in International Strategic Planning and later specialized in Client Management. She received her MBA at New York University, Stern School of Business. From 1995 through 2006, Ms. Barrett served on the Board of Trustees of The Shakespeare Theatre and from 2000 through 2003 served as Board President. 
 
“I am thrilled to have Jeanne by my side as we approach our milestone 50th Anniversary Season,” said artistic director Bonnie J. Monte. “Jeanne understands the challenges we face and the exciting opportunities that lie ahead, and she will be instrumental as we continue the great work of this Theatre.”     
 
The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey recently announced its 49th Anniversary season which begins in June with Moliere’s The Misanthrope. The season also includes Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens and Othello, To Kill A Mockingbird and A Christmas Carol as well as A Midsummer Night’s Dream on its Outdoor Stage. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 973-408-5600 or visit www.ShakespeareNJ.org.
 
The acclaimed Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is an independent, professional theatre company located on the Drew University campus. One of the leading Shakespeare theatres in the nation, serving 100,000 adults and children annually, it is New Jersey’s only professional theatre company dedicated solely to Shakespeare’s canon and other world classics. Through its distinguished productions and education programs, the company strives to illuminate the universal and lasting relevance of the classics for contemporary audiences.
 
The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s Main Stage, the 308-seat F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, is conveniently located in Madison at 36 Madison Avenue (Route 124) at Lancaster Road (on the Drew University campus), just minutes from routes 287, 78 and 10. Parking is free.  The Outdoor Stage is located on the campus of the College of St. Elizabeth in Morristown. The F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre is barrier free with access into the Theatre via a ramp and elevator access to all floors. Wheelchair seating and transfer seating is available.  Braille and large print programs are available. Infrared listening devices are available free of charge.  Some performances are audio described, captioned and sign-language interpreted. Contact the Theatre for more information.