The Alliance Welcomes Eleven New Members | New Jersey Theatre Alliance

The Alliance Welcomes Eleven New Members

As part of our commitment to increasing equity, inclusion, justice, and access in the theatre field, New Jersey Theatre Alliance has expanded our membership criteria and added 11 new members to our roster. 

“We are delighted to welcome these new members into the Alliance,” said John McEwen, Executive Director. “These companies represent an excellent and diverse group of professional theatres, each of which is deeply committed to their local community and to using theatre to build a more empathetic, imaginative, and equitable world. We are eager to be of service to these organizations, and equally, look forward to learning from them as they bring their expertise and experience to our collaborative efforts.”

The process of expanding membership criteria at New Jersey Theatre Alliance began when conversations with members of the New Jersey Arts and Culture Administrators of Color network introduced the Alliance to a number of professional theatre organizations that were creating high-quality artistic work but didn’t currently meet the criteria for Alliance membership. In response, the Alliance created a new Affiliate category of membership specifically designed to serve and support theatres operating in alternative business models, at an early stage in their development, or without an existing relationship with the actors’ union. 

The first slate of Affiliate member theatres was approved by the board of trustees in November, 2020. They are: Atlantic City Theatre Company (Atlantic City), Elizabeth Youth Theater Ensemble (Elizabeth), Epic Actors' Workshop (Old Bridge), The Meta Theatre Company (Lebanon), The Paterson Performing Arts Development Council (Paterson), Progressive Theater (Maplewood), The New Jersey Play Lab, Vanguard Theater Company (Montclair), and Yendor Theatre Company (Newark).

New Jersey Theatre Alliance has also expanded membership criteria to include theatres that are located outside of the state that serve significant numbers of audiences or students based in New Jersey. The first new member located outside of New Jersey is Bucks County Playhouse, located in New Hope, PA. They join the Alliance in the Equity Producing Theatre membership category.

The Alliance is also thrilled to welcome Jersey City Theater Center (JCTC) as an Associate Equity Theatre. JCTC joined the Alliance in early 2020, and has been an active participant in ongoing programs of the Alliance.

“In theatre we tell stories that have the power to change perspectives on culture, to reach beyond borders, and unite,” said Olga Levina, Artistic Director of JCTC. “As artistic visionaries we often work in isolation. It is incredibly important for us to exchange experiences, ideas, and resources not only to survive but to grow professionally and as a community. New Jersey Theatre Alliance gives us that sense of community.”

Membership Criteria for joining New Jersey Alliance may be found at https://njtheatrealliance.org/membership-criteria. Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.