Every March, The Stages Festival offers free and discounted performances, workshops, play readings, and behind-the-scenes events for all ages. Make sure you're the first to learn about Stages Festival events by signing up for our mailing list. The Stages Festival is in its 22nd year of bringing free and low-cost theatre to communities across New Jersey.
Events are presented by professional Equity theatres; some take place at their theatres, and some take place in libraries, community centers, performing arts houses, senior centers and more.
Join us, and bring your family and your friends, to experience the quality, inspiration, and richness that New Jersey's professional theatres have to offer.
The Stages Festival is is a project of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and New Jersey Theatre Alliance.
Additional Support provided by:
The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation
The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
George A. Ohl Trust
F.M. Kirby Foundation
Fund for the New Jersey Blind
The Stages Festival was a truly great experience -- one very unique to my life.
-Patron, Elenora B., Sussex, NJ
The kids love the shows and can't wait for another.
-Patron, Ann G. Morris Plains, NJ
A wonderful performance and cultural experience.
-Laura Mellor, Hillsborough Public Library
The mission of the Giggles Children's Theater is to help improve the attitudes and outcomes of underserved pediatric patients at St. Joesph's Children's Hosptial. With its superior quality productions, The Stages Festival is an integral annual partner in helping us fulfill this mission which not only brightens the spirits of sick children, but also brings excellent in theater to the city of Paterson.
-Marie Caliendo, Giggles Children's Theater @ St. Joseph's Children's Hospital