(RED BANK, NJ) -- Two River Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst, announces the launch of a new program, A Little Shakespeare, as part of its expanded Education programming in its 20th Anniversary Season.
In February 2014, during the run of
Shakespeare's As You Like It in the Rechnitz Theater, Two River will
present a 75-minute version of the play adapted and directed by Jason
McDowell-Green in its black-box Marion Huber Theater. The production
will be performed by high-school students for audiences of young people
ages 9-12; there will also be three performances open to the general
public. Auditions are scheduled for Monday, October 14 and Tuesday,
October 15. Actors with musical ability are encouraged to audition. For
more information, including the complete rehearsal and performance
schedule, visit tworivertheater.org or contact Heidi Schoenenberger at firstname.lastname@example.org .
River Theater is also seeking student directors, designers, and stage
managers to assist the professional artists working on the production.
For information about how to apply, contact Kate Cordaro at email@example.com .
as part of Two River's ongoing commitment to foster a love for
Shakespeare among all audiences and encourage young people to get
excited by Shakespeare's language, A Little Shakespeare will also
include a series of in-school workshops and residencies offered in
connection with both the abridged student production and the theater's
mainstage production of As You Like It, tailored for grades 4-6 and
7-12, respectively. Teachers and administrators can select one pre-show
workshop or a three-day residency with Two River Theater staff and
For more information about all aspects of A
Little Shakespeare, contact Heidi Schoenenberger, Education Assistant,
at 732.345.1400 ext. 1804 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
River Theater was founded 20 years ago by Joan and Robert M. Rechnitz, a
Professor of American Literature at Monmouth University, who
established the company not only to produce great American theater, but
also to serve students and multigenerational audiences as an educational
center. Two River's Education programs, guided by Artistic Director
John Dias and Director of Education Kate Cordaro, are integrated with
its productions and create opportunities for young people to engage with
artists. Today, the theater offers numerous initiatives that support
its goals of building future audiences; inspiring a sense of adventure,
risk-taking, and empathy; and fostering academic achievement.
Two River's Education programs for the 2013-2014 Season include the following:
which was developed in collaboration with two of New Jersey's School
Based Youth Services Programs The Spot at Asbury Park High School and
The SOURCE at Red Bank Regional High Schoolconnects at-risk adolescents
to the spectrum of vocational opportunities available in theater.
Introduced as a pilot program last season, TheaterWorks consists of
afterschool workshops exploring various career opportunities in the
performing arts and arts administration. Students also participate in
monthly workshops at the theater, each one followed by a matinee
performance. The program culminates with a gallery of projects
showcasing various career in the arts, inspired by Two River's
productions and created by the students, which will be exhibited at the
schools and at Two River,
Metro Scholars is a competitive,
year-long internship for high school juniors from across the state of
New Jersey. Each season, the Metro Scholars assist staff in the
theater's Artistic, Education, Development, Marketing, and Production
departments. In addition to seeing every show for free, the students
participate in moderated conversations following each production, and
take specially designed master classes with professionals working at the
theater. The 2013-2014 Metro Scholars include students from Neptune
High School, OCVTS Performing Arts Academy, Ocean Township High School,
Piscataway High School, the Ranney School, Red Bank Catholic High
School, and Red Bank Regional High School: VPA.
annually reach more than 2,000 students and teachers from area
elementary, middle, and high schools. Through No Seats Empty, an
arts-in-education initiative targeting economically disadvantaged
students, young people from eligible New Jersey districts receive all of
the benefits of the student matinee series at no cost, including
transportation to and from the theater if needed. No Seats Empty serves
students from Monmouth, Ocean, Atlantic, Essex, Mercer, and Union
Through No Seats Empty 2.0, students from five
competitively selected schools also attend in-school pre- and
post-performance workshops led by teaching artists and Two River Staff;
these workshops are based on a curriculum designed to deepen the
students' understanding of and engagement with the theater production.
This season, No Seats Empty 2.0 will serve Abraham Clark High School in
Roselle; Plainfield Academy for the Arts and Advanced Studies in
Plainfield; Henry Hudson Regional High School in Highlands; Neptune High
School in Neptune; and Academy Charter High School in Lake Como.
River's education programs are supported by The Stone Foundation of New
Jersey, Monmouth University, the Mary Owen Borden Foundation, Wells
Fargo Foundation, Investors Foundation, Provident Bank Foundation, the
Jorgensen Foundation, and the NJ State Council on the Arts/Department of
State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.
River Theater's 20th Anniversary Season is supported in part by funds
from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a division within the
Department of State and a partner agency of the National Endowment for
the Arts, The Chicago Community Trust, The Greater Kansas City Community
Foundation, Jewish Communal Fund, New Tamarind Fund, The Columbus
Foundation, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, The Shubert Foundation,
The Stone Foundation of New Jersey, Monmouth University, The Blanche and
Irving Laurie Foundation, Durso Wealth Management Group at Morgan
Stanley, Wells Fargo, Investors Bank, The Horizon Foundation for New
Jersey, Springpoint Senior Living Foundation at the Atrium at Navesink
Harbor, and many other generous foundations, corporations and