SUMMIT, NJ - Jack Nissen of New Providence has been named the recipient of The Summit Playhouse's 202o Student Theatre Award. The monetary Award is given annually to a graduating high school senior or seniors from surrounding communities who have made a positive impact on stage and may be continuing his/her education in the theater arts and/or music areas.
Nissen has performed in 17 productions at the Playhouse, his first production being 'The Wizard of Oz' when he was nine-years-old. According to Nissen, his favorite role was Willard in 'Footloose', and his most challenging was Bill Sykes in 'Oliver'. He will be enrolling at the University of Michigan in the fall where he will be pursuing a Bachelor of Musical Arts with a jazz concentration and a minor in business.
The Playhouse also awarded the Betty Klaus Award to Sam Nissen -- actor, producer, director, costumer, photographer, wife of The Summit Playhouse past president, and mother to two teen actors, Know for her energetic, positive enthusiasm, she is co-chair of Kaleidoscope, is a headshot and theatrical photographer, and produced several mainstage shows, such as 'Violet', 'Driving Miss Daisy', and 'The Diary of Anne Frank', as well as appearing in '100 Dresses' and 'Footloose'.