The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey
Established in 1963, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey strives to illuminate the vital resonance and lasting relevance of Shakespeare's work and other classics for contemporary audiences. It is a classic theater dedicated solely to the presentation of Shakespeare's canon and other classical masterworks. Each year, the company presents six productions on its mainstage, the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, located on the campus of Drew University in Madison, and a summer production on the outdoor Greek theatre, at the College of Saint Elizabeth in neighboring Morris Township. The company has a strong commitment to advancing the quality of public education through classic theater and to supporting a high level of artistic excellence by nurturing the next generation of theater artists. Educational programs include: Shakespeare LIVE!, a flagship touring program; Shakesperience: NJ, a state-wide student festival founded in partnership with the Folger Shakespeare Library; Pages to Players, an in-school artists residency program; a student matinee series; Shakespeare Theatre Academy, a series of youth and adult classes in a wide range of disciplines connected with classic theater; and Summer Professional Training program for emerging theater professionals.
The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey will present student matinees and touring productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream and Romeo and Juliet, as part of their Shakespeare Live! program. The company will provide related educational activities, including workshops, talkbacks, and a study guide. They anticipate reaching 20 schools from New Jersey.