January Thaw Music Festival
3hree for Louis:  A Tribute to Louis Armstrong

Sunday, January 22 at 2pm
SITNIK THEATER of the Lackland Performing Arts Center.
(Interview with Eddie Allen)


January Thaw Music Festival
Sweet Plantain

Saturday, January 28 at 8pm
SITNIK THEATER of the Lackland Performing Arts Center.

In The News

Centenary Stage Company Receives the International Center for Women Playwrights 2016 50/50 Applause Award

The International Centre for Women Playwrights (ICWP)  is thrilled to report that a record-breaking number of recipients will receive the 2016 50/50 Applause Awards, which recognizes theatres that produced 50% or more women playwrights in their 2015/16 season of shows. ICWP defines 50/50 by the number of qualifying performances in a theatre’s season. This allows a concrete measurement of the resources being devoted to women playwrights.

For the awards’ 5th anniversary, ICWP recognized 107 recipients in ten countries on five continents. The list includes theatres in Australia, Canada, England, Italy, Kenya, the Philippines, Scotland, Singapore, Switzerland, and the United States. Approximately 32% of the theatres are repeat recipients, demonstrating gender parity in two or more seasons. Recipients range from community and college theatres to internationally renowned theatres.

ICWP started in 1988 with a mission to support women playwrights worldwide and bring attention to their work. The ICWP 50/50 Applause Awards were founded in 2012 to increase awareness and applaud theatres that produced a season with an equal or greater number of plays written by female playwrights. More information about the awards can be found at: www.womenplaywrights.org/award

Check out the awards video (here)!

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Centenary Stage Company Receives Grant from Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation

Centenary Stage Company has received a grant of $27,500 from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation for the 2016 - 17 Season.  The grant will cover general operating expenses during Centenary Stage Company's 2016 - 17 season.

For more than 40 years, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation has nurtured leaders, ideas, and institutions which transcend self interest and promote a sustainable future. We focus on issues critical to our home state of New Jersey, and organizations that have a direct and meaningful impact here.

Working with nonprofit, community, government, and business leaders to imagine a better New Jersey, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation funds Arts, Education, Environment and Informed Communities initiatives that are innovative and promote collaboration and community-driven decision making.

Centenary Stage Company Receives Grant from The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation

In December of 2016 Centenary Stage Company received a $10,000 grant from The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation.  The grant will support general operating expenses for the 2016-17 season.  With a strong commitment to the advancement of the Arts in New Jersey, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation supports a variety of projects across a broad spectrum of issues.

Centenary Stage Company Hosts Shakesperience NJ

Centenary Stage Company has long been dedication to bringing arts education to it's community through a variety of programs.  This year close to 100 students from Warren Tech High School, FHL Academy, Greystone Academy, and The Wilberforce School will participated in this unique “Shakesperience.”  

Led by Professor Stephen Davis, Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts at Centenary College and an Arts Education Program Director with Centenary Stage Company, students from each school will present a scene or adaptation of a Shakespeare piece that lasts 15 to 25 minutes.  Presentations included Richard III (Greystone Academy), Much Ado About Nothing (FHL Academy), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Wilburforce School) and King Lear (Warren Tech).

Before their presentations, Centenary Stage Company teaching artists and Centenary College faculty members led the students in a variety of workshops in the morning, including dance, stage combat, makeup, TV production, film, radio, costumes and improvisation and other important aspects of theatre production.  Students gained hands-on experience of performing and understanding the works of the “Bard” and also gained valuable, collaborative life-skills, learning to work as a cooperative team focused on a common goal.  The day concluded with a feedback session led-by Centenary’s Communication and Fine Arts Department and Centenary Stage Company staff.   

“Teaching children about Shakespeare is a passion of mine,” says Professor Davis. “I was introduced to Shakespeare when I was in sixth grade, and it changed my life forever. It is also an honor to have Centenary College serve as a host site for Shakesperience: NJ for three years in a row.”