A Panel Discussion at the Lewis Center for the Arts in Princeton

Presented by the New Jersey Historical Commission and New Jersey Theatre Alliance

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MORRISTOWN, NJ – A free panel discussion and Q&A with Artistic Directors from four professional equity theatres in the Garden State will be held at the Lewis Center for the Arts at 122 Alexander Street in Princeton on Tuesday, March 26 at 7:00 pm.

The panel is a joint effort between New Jersey Theatre Alliance (“the Alliance”) and the New Jersey Historical Commission (NHC) as part of the Alliance’s month-long The Stages Festival, the state’s largest annual celebration of theatre. The event coincides with NHC’s programming commemorating 100 years of women’s suffrage in the United States.

“We are delighted to partner again with the New Jersey Theatre Alliance to present this panel of outstanding artists,” said Sara R. Cureton, Executive Director of the New Jersey Historical Commission. “As we prepare to mark the centennial of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment next year, we are supporting a variety of programs that explore the role of women in New Jersey past and present. How fitting it is to examine the many contributions that women have made to theatre, especially with this group of spectacular women!”

The Women in Theatre Leadership: Challenges, Choices and Change panel will not only share the responsibilities and obstacles they have experienced in their positions, but explore the impact of women’s issues in American Theatre. The panel includes: Emily Mann, Artistic Director/Resident Playwright at McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton; Bonnie Monte, Artistic Director at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey in Madison; C. Ryanne Domingues, Artistic Director at Passage Theatre Company in Trenton; and Ari Laura Kreith, Artistic Director at Luna Stage in West Orange. Paula Alekson, Artistic Engagement Manager at McCarter Theatre Center will be the panel moderator. A post-discussion reception with the panelists is planned. Reservations can be made at: https://njtheatrealliance.org/events.

“We are excited to hear these four outstanding artists share their personal journeys in the theatre, their perspectives on the challenges women have faced in the industry, the contributions women have made in shaping the field , and the role theatre plays in tackling the issues facing women in society today,”  said John McEwen, Executive Director of the Alliance. “This promises to be an enlightening and engaging discussion and is a perfect addition to our menu of offerings during The Stages Festival.”

This program is one of 70 performances and events for children and adults offered free of charge or at a significantly discounted rate throughout the month of March as part of The Stages Festival. Events take place at theatres, arts centers, libraries, schools, and other community venues throughout the state. For a full listing of events, program details, and reservation information visit stagesfestival.org.

About New Jersey Theatre Alliance

Founded in 1981, New Jersey Theatre Alliance was the first statewide service organization for professional, not-for-profit theatre companies in the United States, and is a leader in developing model programs that unite, promote, strengthen, and cultivate professional theatre in New Jersey. Funding for The Stages Festival is provided by The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Bank of America, The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Atlantic Health System, OceanFirst Foundation, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and George A. Ohl, Jr. Trust.

About the New Jersey Historical Commission 

The New Jersey Historical Commission (NJHC) is a state agency dedicated to the advancement of public knowledge and preservation of New Jersey history. Established by law in 1967, its work is founded on the fundamental belief that an understanding of our shared heritage is essential to sustaining a cohesive and robust democracy.

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