The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (formerly the New Jersey Shakespeare Festival), named 2014 “Company of the Year” by the Wall Street Journal which also described the Theatre as “one of America’s half-dozen leading classical repertory companies,” is the longest-running classic theatre on the East Coast and New Jersey's largest professional theatre company dedicated to Shakespeare's canon and other world classics. Through its productions and education programs, the company strives to illuminate the universal and lasting relevance of the classics for contemporary audiences. The company's dedication to the classics and commitment to excellence sets critical standards for the field. Under the leadership of artistic director Bonnie J. Monte since 1990, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey continues to draw larger and larger audiences and garner unprecedented critical acclaim. Now in its 54th season, the company annually presents six Main Stage productions at the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, located on the campus of Drew University in Madison, as well as one Outdoor Stage production on the campus of the College of St. Elizabeth in nearby Morris Township.
Early in 2012, the Theatre acquired and renovated an old valve factory in an effort to centralize all of the institution’s behind-the-scenes operations and to allow for an expansion of its myriad education programs. Located only a short distance from the Theatre’s two performance venues, the Support Facility is in Florham Park, NJ. Throughout the building, an ever-evolving series of art installations inspired by and utilizing relics of the company’s fifty-eight year history, greets all those who enter.