Behind the Scenes Feature 5: The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey
Name: The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey
Address: 36 Madison Avenue at Lancaster Road, Madison
(Located on the campus of Drew University)
Mission: The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is the state's largest professional theatre company dedicated to the presentation of Shakespeare's canon and other classic dramatic entertainments for the cultural enrichment of the community.
The Theatre's mission places an equal focus on education -- both for young artists and young audiences. We strive to nurture emerging new talent for the American stage by providing an excellent training ground for students of the theatre, as well as to cultivate an audience for the future by providing extensive outreach opportunities for students across New Jersey.
Through our work, we endeavor to promote all the arts, literacy, civilization, community, cultural awareness, the theatrical tradition, and a more enlightened view of the world we live in and the people with whom we share it.
One of the theatre's proudest moments: In June 2012, the theatre opened a support facility in Florham Park, NJ. This 50,000 square-foot renovated valve factory houses the Shakespeare Theatre's administrative offices; the scene, prop and costume shops; costume and prop storage; a new rehearsal hall and more.
The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is the longest running Shakespeare Theatre on the East Coast.
Formerly known as the New Jersey Shakespeare Festival, the company was founded in Cape May, NJ in 1963 and was invited to take up residence at Drew University in 1973.
The Shakespeare Theatre's educational touring company, Shakespeare LIVE! has performed for more than half-a-million students since its inauguration in 1997.