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Deonté Griffin-Quick

Director of Programs and Services

Deonté Griffin-Quick is an award-winning arts administrator, actor, and freelance consultant with a personal mission of advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion within the arts and cultural sector with a proven track record of envisioning and implementing change.

Before transitioning into a full-time role at NJTA, Deonté previously served in a variety of positions at institutions such as the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, where he managed the statewide Poetry Out Loud program. During his tenure, he contributed to recruiting over 2,000 students to the program, making it the second largest POL program in the country.

As an advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion, Mr. Griffin-Quick volunteers on DEI committees for ArtPride NJ and Drexel University’s Westphal College of Media Arts. A passionate and dynamic speaker, Deonte has presented workshops for the Arts Administrators of Color Network, the New Jersey Center for Nonprofits, and the Middlesex County Division of Arts and History.

As an actor, Deonté has performed at NJTA member theatres including, Premiere Stages, Luna Stage Company, McCarter Theatre Center, New Jersey Repertory Theatre, and Centenary Stage Company where he originated the role of Jesse Owens in Turning by Darrah Cloud.

He is a recipient of the inaugural Individual Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award from the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies and the Outstanding Achievement in the Arts Award from the Union County Urban League of Young Professionals. Deonté holds a BA in Theatre with a Communications minor from Kean University and is currently pursuing a Masters in Arts Administration at Drexel University.

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Lauren Mancuso

Manager of Digital Communications and Marketing

Lauren Mancuso is the Manager of Digital Communications and Marketing with the New Jersey Theatre Alliance.

Before joining the Alliance team, Lauren was the Social Media and Partnerships Manager at iPlay America, New Jersey’s largest indoor amusement park. Before that, she served as the Marketing Associate and Social Media Coordinator at Two River Theater where, among many projects, she designed merchandise for the production of Love in Hate Nation, and helped create social media contests for opening night tickets.

Lauren received her BS in Music Business from Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida. It was in the muggy center of Florida where she fell in love with digital marketing and the power that social media can have.

In her spare time, she enjoys blasting Six: The Musical on repeat, playing the ukulele, and posting on her Instagram story.

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John McEwen

Executive Director

John McEwen has served as the Executive Director of New Jersey Theatre Alliance since 2001.

Prior to the Alliance, John served as Vice President for Development of the New Jersey Network Foundation where he was responsible for providing the leadership for an annual fund goal of more than $7 million in support of NJN Public Television and Radio’s programs and services. Prior to joining NJN, John served as the Director of Development for Paper Mill Playhouse where he oversaw all fundraising activities, long-range planning, and board development.  John provided the leadership for Paper Mill’s successful $10 million capital campaign.

In 1992, McEwen developed the Cultural Access Network Project, a project of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and New Jersey Theatre Alliance, for which he received the inaugural Leadership Award in Access from The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. John serves as a trustee of ArtPride NJ andFund for the New Jersey Blind. John has served as an adjunct professor in arts management at Seton Hall University, Drew University, and New York University.

John has consulted numerous organizations on board development, long-range planning, fundraising, and cultural access. He received a BA from Montclair State University and an MA from New York University.

John is a graduate of Lead New Jersey and was selected as one of 50 nonprofit arts leaders to participate in the Executive Program for Nonprofit Arts Leaders at Stanford University, a partnership of Stanford and National Arts Strategies.

When John is not attending the theatre, he enjoys cooking, collecting glass art, and anything to do with the water—boating, sunbathing, swimming.

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Erica Nagel

Deputy Director

Erica Nagel is a nationally-recognized arts manager with over 15 years of experience combining theatre, education, social justice, and organizational change. Before joining the Alliance as Deputy Director in 2019, Erica was the Director of Creative Development and Strategy at McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, where she served as a senior member of the artistic staff, and lead cross-departmental initiatives such as The Every 28 Hour Plays, The Migration Plays, and sensory-inclusive relaxed performances. Erica previously worked as Director of Education & Engagement at McCarter for seven years, during which time she significantly expanded educational partnerships with the Trenton Public School District and re-imagined audience engagement offerings to deepen the impact of attending live performance. 

Erica has taught courses in acting, theatre history, community-based performance, devising, and dramaturgy at Princeton, Texas A&M University, and within the SUNY system, and currently teaches Theatre & Society at Montclair State University. She has served as a consultant on curriculum design, pedagogy, dramaturgy, and assessment for arts organizations across the country such as Homes for the Homeless, The Humanities Institute, Octopus Theatricals, New Dramatists, and the New Harmony Project. She is a proud member of the Advisory Board for coLAB Arts and the Steering Committee for ArtsEd NJ.

Erica studied theatre at Washington University in St. Louis, and earned her MFA in Performance as Public Practice (Theatre and Social Change) at the University of Texas-Austin, where she received the Continuing Fellowship Award for her thesis project, Collaboration, Context, and Common Ground: A Model for Community-Engaged Dramaturgy. Her work has been published in the LMDA Review, Theatre Topics, American Theatre, and Howlround, and has been presented at conferences including Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed, the Steinhardt Forum on Theatre for Young Audiences, Theatre Communications Group, The Intersections Summit, and the International Conference on American Drama. She is a recipient of a TCG New Generations Future Leaders Grant, which “seeks to identify exceptionally talented theatre professionals who will impact the field in a positive way,” and was honored to be selected to join the TCG Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Institute in 2016. She is currently part of the 2022 cohort of Lead New Jersey Fellows.

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Beth Prevor

Access Coordinator

Beth Prevor is a co-founder and Executive Director of Hands On, an arts service organization that advocates for access to the cultural arts for the Deaf community and audiences with disabilities. For the last 30+ years, Hands On has been providing access for the Deaf and hard of hearing communities of NYC through sign language interpreted theater at some of NYC’s most prestigious theaters including The Roundabout Theater Company, The New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theater, and The New Victory Theater.

As Executive Director, Beth works with arts organizations to ensure inclusion for all by providing marketing, community engagement and audience development strategies. As a disabled advocate, Beth is active as an advisory member to many groups including, The Shubert Accessibility Committee and the Museum, Arts and Culture Access Consortium (MAC). She has led workshops on accessibility and the arts for organizations around the country including the Kennedy Center’s LEAD (Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability) Conference, Americans for the Arts, The National Arts Marketing Project, the Alliance of Resident Theaters/New York (ART/NY) and Theater Communications Group (TCG).

She currently works as the Access Coordinator for the New Jersey Theatre Alliance as well as a Disability Consultant with ART/NY.

She is the 2015 recipient of the John F. Kennedy Center’s Excellence in Accessibility Leadership Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Summer Dawn Reyes

Administrative Coordinator

Summer Dawn Reyes (she/ella) has almost as many hats as she does shoes — writer, director, actor, teaching artist, arts administrator and more! At NJ Theatre Alliance, the Jersey City artist serves as an Administrative Coordinator. She loves creating opportunities for NJ creators. She is only an artist today because of Writers Theatre of New Jersey and their NJ Young Playwrights Contest, which convinced 15-year-old Summer that theater was the place to be! She’s delighted to be helping other NJ organizations today create those a-ha moments for others.

Summer is also the founder/director of In Full Color, an arts organization which empowers artists of color with an emphasis on serving women and TGNC folx. IFC has received two commendations from the NJ State Assembly and the Jersey City Arts Council’s Performing Arts Award. IFC has a roster of 250+ artists from the United States, Canada and Mexico and has created more than $17,000 in paid work for artists in 2021 in multiple art forms including theater, literary arts, visual arts, music, dance, comedy and more.

As a teaching artist, Summer teaches students of all ages in the Tri-State area for Young Audiences, Lincoln Center Theatre and Storytelling Arts, focusing on theater, writing, anti-racism and anti-oppression. She regularly writes and executes curricula that helps young artists connect to their home cultures, practice respect, learn through inquiry and nurture their inner artist.

In her personal creation, Summer’s work is textually grounded, often highly comedic and sometimes fanciful. She values collaboration, playfulness and efficiency — an odd mix, but one the astrologically inclined would expect from a Gemini Sun, Taurus Rising.

In recent past lives, she’s been a winner of the NJ Governor’s Award in Arts Education, a theater grants panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, an events coordinator, an arts journalist, a bartender, a shoe salesperson and karaoke diva. In her secret life, she’s pop-R&B singer Vero Verano. INFULLCOLOR.ORG@infullcolorus_

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Board of Trustees

Laura Ekstrand, Chair
Marshall Jones, III, President
Michael Stotts, Vice Chair
Michael Schnoering, FAIA, Treasurer
Janeece Freeman Clark, Secretary
John Wooten, Immediate Past Chair

Neha Bhalani, Esq.
Joseph Benincasa
Meredith Burns
Etta Denk
Seth Geldzahler
Laura J. Hay
Carol Herbert
Michael Hurst
Kelly Ryman
Gayle Stahluth
Paul Whelihan

Trustee Emeritus
Larry Capo
Ruth Fost