MILLBURN, NJ - Paper Mill Playhouse is pleased to announce its nomination for Favorite Theater to See a Musical and Favorite Theater Camp in the 2016 JerseyArts.com People’s Choice Awards. Now in its eighth year, the yearly awards program run by Discover Jersey Arts pays tribute to the work of New Jersey’s vital, vibrant and diverse arts organizations. With the ballots now prepped, it’s time for arts lovers across the state to vote for their favorite N.J. arts organizations.

The public is invited to vote here: www.JerseyArts.com/Vote

“Paper Mill Playhouse is thrilled to receive nominations for both our mainstage productions and our arts education initiatives," stated Todd Schmidt, Paper Mill Playhouse Managing Director. “We’re honored to be recognized by our fellow colleagues, and to be a part of such a strong arts community that drives one another to thrive. We hope our patrons will also support us by voting in this year’s awards.”

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Paper Mill Playhouse and the other contenders in the 2016 People’s Choice Awards were nominated by their peers through the Jersey Arts Marketers network, which is made up of hundreds of nonprofit arts groups across the state. Now, 10 arts districts and 100 organizations—the largest number of nominees the Awards has received since its creation in 2008—will compete in 16 categories, including favorite performing arts center, dance company, art gallery, choral group and more. 

“We have seen the number of nominees grow again this year, which truly illustrates the breadth and quality of art we have in our state,” said Adam Perle, President & CEO of ArtPride New Jersey, which cosponsors the Discover Jersey Arts program with the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. “Our amazing cultural community works together to build each other up and secure N.J. as one of the top destinations for arts and culture.”

Public voting begins January 6 and runs through February 11, 2016. Winners will be announced and honored in early March at the New Jersey Conference on Tourism in Atlantic City.   

For a full list of nominees and categories, please visit www.JerseyArts.com/Vote

PAPER MILL PLAYHOUSE, a not-for-profit arts organization, is one of the country's leading regional theaters.  Paper Mill Playhouse programs are made possible, in part, by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, A Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.  Paper Mill Playhouse is a member of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, the Council of Stock Theatres, and the New Jersey Theatre Alliance.    

JerseyArts.com is the official website of Discover Jersey Arts, a cosponsored project of the ArtPride New Jersey Foundation and New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State dedicated to increasing the awareness of and participation in the arts in New Jersey. The site features a comprehensive cultural events calendar and arts directory; feature stories on Culture Vultures Arts Weekly and the Jersey Arts Podcast; details on Jersey Arts Membership, including discounts and exclusive member events; an online gallery of New Jersey artists; and other content about the state’s cultural community.