MADISON, NJ – This year, Artistic Director Bonnie J. Monte will celebrate her 30th anniversary at the helm of The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (STNJ), announced the organization.
Monte will be celebrated during numerous events over the course of the 2020 season, beginning with the annual gala celebration in April of this year.
During Ms. Monte’s three decades at the helm, the institution successfully completed a major capital campaign resulting in the complete renovation and expansion of the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre in 1998, said officials. She is currently working on Act II: The Legacy Project, the Theatre’s new campaign to ensure a permanent workspace and education center for the company, they said.
She developed a new partnership with the College of Saint Elizabeth, attaining a second summer performance venue for the organization: the Outdoor Stage, a unique and stunning Greek amphitheatre on St. Elizabeth’s campus. Since 1990, she has directed over 75 productions for The Shakespeare Theatre, including stagings of numerous Shakespeare plays, as well as work from the Russian classic canon with a focus on Chekhov and Ostrovsky. Her special affinity for Tennessee Williams has resulted in highly acclaimed productions of A Streetcar Named Desire, Camino Real and Sweet Bird of Youth.
The organization will release information about theTheatre’s 2020 Gala honoring Monte in early February.