MORRISTOWN, NJ - October 23, 2017 has been declared  "New Jersey Theatre Alliance Day", said Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty.  To celebrate theatre programming for residents, the New Jersey Theatre Alliance will host "Curtain Call" which will honor artistic directors for their "dedication and artistic vision". 

The celebration, which is open to the public, will take place at the Westin Governor Morris in Morristown from 6pm - 9pm on October 23. The event includes a buffet, entertainment, a silent action and a raffle.

“We are delighted to be recognizing our state’s artistic directors at this year's Curtain Call,” said John McEwen, Executive Director  of New Jersey Theatre Alliance. “Through their talent and vision they are enriching the lives of their audiences with theatrical works and  programs that entertain, educate, challenge, and inspire. We are fortunate to have such a diverse professional theatre community in our state and we applaud the artistic directors for their wisdom and dedication.”

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Awards of Excellence will be given to all 33 artistic directors of the professional theatres of New Jersey. This incudes: June Ballinger of Passage Theatre Company in Trenton, SuzAnne Barabas of New Jersey Repertory Company in Long Branch, Michael Bias of The Garage Theatre Group in Teaneck, Ed Corsi and Ted Wioncek of The Eagle Theatre in Hammonton, Ray Croce of South Camden Theatre Company in Camden, John Dias of Two River Theater in Red Bank, Michael Driscoll of Alliance Repertory Theatre Companyin Summit, Laura Ekstrand of Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre in Summit, Stephen Fredericks of The Growing Stage: The Children’s Theatre of New Jersey in Netcong, Eric Hafen of the Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum in Morristown, Mark Hoebee of Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, Marshall Jones III of Crossroads Theatre Company in New Brunswick, Cheryl Katz of Luna Stage Company in West Orange, Barbara Krajkowski of Women’s Theater Company in Lake Hiawatha, Frank Licato of Hudson Theatre Works in Weehawken, Emily Mann of McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, Bonnie Monte of The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jerseyin Madison, Chris O’Connor of Mile Square Theatre in Hoboken, John Pietrowski of Writers Theatre of New Jersey in Madison, Marni Raab and Steven Tabakin of Midtown Direct Rep in Maplewood, James Rana of Actors Shakespeare Company in Elizabeth, David Saint of George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, Sam Scalamoni of Skyline Theatre Company in Fair Lawn, Lou Scarpati of The Company Theatre Group in Hackensack, Mark Spina of The Theater Project in Maplewood, Gayle Stahlhuth of East Lynne Theater Company in Cape May, Roy Steinberg of Cape May Stage in Cape May, Jim Vagias of American Theater Group in South Orange, Carl Wallnau of Centenary Stage Company in Hackettstown, Paul Whelihan of Pushcart Players in Verona, and John Wooten of Premiere Stages at Kean University in Union.

Atlantic Health System, winner of the Star Award, has partnered with the Alliance for several years on the Healing Arts: Caregivers’ Stories program, which works with professional and family caregivers to share their experiences in a creative way on stage with the help of professional writers, actors, and directors.

“Art can serve as a vehicle to express emotions and needs, which can help foster healing of the mind, body, and spirit,” said Maria Lupo, MFA, MA, ATR, manager of Atlantic Health System’s Healing Arts program. “We are pleased that the work we’re doing to build healthier communities, including our Healing Voices on Stage: Caregivers Stories program, is recognized by New Jersey Theater Alliance for the Program.”

Alliance member theatres are large, mid-sized, and small non-profit theatres that produce musicals, classics, contemporary dramas, new works, and/or children’s plays. Each is a fully functioning business that pays its staff and artists (designers, technicians, directors, and actors) while contributing substantially to the state’s economy. 

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Proceeds from the event will strengthen the Alliance’s role as a critical resource for the state’s arts community and advance its programs that benefit children, seniors, people with disabilities, and the theatre-going public. 



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