NJTA's ED John McEwen, Kessler Foundation's Senior VP of Grants & Communications Elaine Katz, George Street Playhouse's Artistic Director David Saint, Crossroads Theatre Company's Artistic Director Marshall Jones III and Assistant Secretary of State, Dr. Carol Cronheim.
Curtain Call attendees during the program portion of the evening
The cast of Crossroads Theatre Company's "Ain't Misbehavin'"
On November 3rd, 2014 the Alliance hosted the annual Curtain Call celebration at the Hyatt Regency in New Brunswick. Curtain Call is a special celebration of the artists, professionals, advocates, and supporters who work together to make New Jersey professional theatre spectacular and unforgettable. This year we honored Crossroads Theatre Company and George Street Playhouse with Awards of Excellence, and presented Kessler Foundation with the Star Award.
The event was attended by 175 people from the worlds of business, government, and the arts. Due to the generosity of our sponsors, our guests, and our raffle and auction winners, we were able to cover costs, plus net over $24,000, which goes directly into the programs and services for our members.
We would like to extend a "thank you" to all the individuals and businesses who generously donated to our auction and raffle. We are grateful for the time and talent of our steering committee co-chaired by Abby O'Neill, Mary Chris Rospond, and Steve McIntyre. Also, a shout out to our trusty volunteers, and the following theatre representatives who offered testimonials about the Alliance's programs and services:
Laura Ekstrand, Producing Artistic Director at Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, who noted how the Alliance's board training services helped Dreamcatcher develop its board strategically and effectively;
Catherine Rust, General Manager at Centenary Stage Company, who talked about the benefits Centenary has reaped from the Combined Auditions program;
Ruth Fost, Executive Director at Pushcart Players, who "counted the ways" in which Pushcart loves The Stages Festival; and
Michael Hurst, Managing Director at Two River Theater, who explained how the Alliance's Cultural Access Network Project has helped Two River broaden its audience.
We hope you and your staff can join us at the next Curtain Call celebration of NJ theatre in 2015. Meanwhile, see if you can spot yourself in the following photos by David Kelly Crow and Jerry Dalia. (To view more photos, visit our Facebook album.)