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The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey

by: Sue Adler
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Madison, NJ is rich in art and culture.  Home to two universities — Drew University and Fairleigh Dickinson University, the town is brimming with richness and great things to see and do.  One of the cultural highlights of Madison is The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, formerly the New Jersey Shakespeare Festival, and one of the 25 professional theaters in New Jersey, it is the largest theater in Morris County, and one of the leading Shakespeare theaters in the country. Around 100,000 adults and children visit the theater each year; the location is the only theater in New Jersey dedicated to Shakespeare’s canon and other classic masterpieces. The productions and educational programs at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey continue to make classic literature relevant and interesting.

Since 1990, the theater has been under the artistic leadership of director Bonnie J. Monte. In both 2002 and 2006, the Star-Ledger awarded the theatre the Strategic Partnership Grant of $1 million. The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is currently in its 49th season, making it the longest running Shakespeare theatre in the entire east coast.

The organization has a staff of 22 employees who work full time. These individuals are in charge of educational outreach activities, as well as marketing campaigns and fundraisers. Some are even part of the live performances at the theatre in Madison. Throughout particular seasons, the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey employs over 250 actors and actresses. These performers act on the Main and Outdoor Stages, and are primarily from the nearby states of New York, Connecticut and Pennsylvania—performers who live in New Jersey work at the facility as well. There are plenty of opportunities for younger children to visit the facility and ask questions about Shakespearian characters making the plays easier to understand.

More than 1,500 people lend their financial support to the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey in Madison. Government organizations are also sponsors for the facility, and other donors include major companies like Bank of America, American Airlines, JP Morgan Chase Foundation, Drew University and the Prudential Foundation. The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is also a member of organizations like the New Jersey Theatre Alliance, the Madison Arts and Culture Alliance and the Shakespeare Theatre Association of America.

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey was founded in 1963, and has been employing students and those with an appreciation for the arts, as well as offering stellar performances ever since. Single tickets start at $32, but patrons can purchase season tickets as well. There are student discounts available, parking is free, and food and beverages are served on site.

Tickets can be purchased online at, or by emailing [email protected].  Visit Madison and enjoy the beauty and arts of this lovely town.  For more information on Madison, NJ, contact a member of my team.


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