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Bloomfield College Announces Partnership with NiCori Studios and Productions


BLOOMFIELD, NJ. -  Bloomfield’s NiCori Studios and Productions will kick off their partnership with Bloomfield College with a Winter Gala on December 16.

Corinna Sowers Adler and Nicholas Adler, both Bloomfield residents, are known for their work at Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center. NiCori, the name derived from the combination of the names Nicholas and Corrina, focuses on youth musical talent from New Jersey. “Music at the Mansion,” which takes place on the last Sunday of each month at Oakeside, features the performances from students as well Sowers Adler.

The new relationship will bring the full schedule of NiCori studio productions to the Westminster Art’s Center theater. The theater is within the former church on the Bloomfield College campus.

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"Our company is a theatre program with an educational component. We also host an extensive summer program each year," explained Corinna Sowers Adler, Founding Artistic Director. The company’s voice student currently has more than 30 students.

The team also have brought cabaret talent from New York to Bloomfield. "We moved to Bloomfield when I accepted the job of Performance Manager at Jazz at Lincoln Center," said Nicholas Adler, Executive Director of NiCori Studios and Productions. "I've since been promoted to House Manager. The commute is easy, the community is great, and because we are so close to Manhattan, performers don't mind commuting to sing on our series."

The new relationship with the college will expand the company’s reach within the community. Cabaret performance, special guest artists, and musical productions are all in the works.  Educational theater programming will continue to be a major part of NiCori. "I have always had a connection to theatre kids," said Sowers Adler. "I am a big believer in 'grow where you are planted,' and Bloomfield is a great place to lay roots. The town has grown with us as we lived here." "We celebrate individuality," added her husband.  

Sowers Adler is a multi-award winner and two time Tony Award nominee for Excellence in Theatre Education.  Most recently, she was named as one of 15 top Cabaret singers in New York City.  This fall, Corinna has the honor of performing her own solo show entitled, "Something Beautiful" in the majestic Appel Room on November 5.  Sowers Adler was keen to note how, as a child, she wanted to perform but needed financial assistance to do so. The new relationship raised the possibility of obtaining funding for tuition scholarships for students. 

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