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Kean University

"During an economic climate in which schools are laying off teachers, and the arts are seemingly the first classes to go, Premiere Stages at Kean University has an answer to help develop emerging artists and encourage teens to continue their arts education through the summer."
                                                                                   –Susan Myrill Dougherty, Westfield Leader


"The students saw their work brought to life when the …watch Premiere Stages' actors perform what they had written, which gave the students a great sense of accomplishment…that filled them with pride."
   –Sandra Nahmias, Harrison Elementary School

"We look forward to the playwriting residency each year…This year was particularly challenging because we had a mix of veteran seniors and a group of freshman participating for the first time. You were
able to differentiate the program to maximize each student's abilities and ensure a meaningful experience for all."
                                                                                            –John Arlotta, Cranford High School

Premiere Stages offers residencies in Playwriting for school districts and after school programs in central and northern New Jersey. The six to eight-week residencies provide students with an understanding of theatre terminology and methods as they write their own plays. At the final session, the plays written by the students are performed by professional actors in a school assembly for parents, teachers, school administrators, and students.

The residencies can be developed to tie directly into the curriculum being implemented by the participating classroom teachers. For example, students at the Harrison Elementary School were studying Ellis Island and the immigrant experience. Premiere Stages worked with the classroom teacher to structure a playwriting residency in which the students wrote about their family histories, writing scenes about how their grandparents, parents, or they themselves came to America. The students interviewed family members and brought to school a specific object that was brought to America by their families. This object was used as a prop in their group scenes. This approach generated excitement about the curriculum and naturally enhanced the existing classroom requirements rather than supplanting them.

Click here to download a fact sheet about Premiere Stages In-School Residencies or for more information, or to enroll your school in a residency, please call 908-737-4092, or email


Premiere Stages proudly offers two innovative camps for middle school
and high school students.

Session 1 (SOLD OUT)
For students entering Grades 5-8
Dates: July 14-July 25, 2014 (M-F 10 a.m.-2 p.m.)
Final showcase on Friday, July 25, 2014.

Students will learn the elements of acting and play development through innovative, active exercises and games that help them translate their creative ideas and impulses into fully conceptualized and mountable original performances for the stage. Working with professional actors, directors and playwrights in a fun, creative and collaborative environment, campers will craft and star in their own play. This camp session culminates in a public performance of the campers' work developed over the two-week period, followed by a certificate presentation and reception for the participants.

Location: TBA
Price: $295.00 *Scholarships are available
Contact: Clare Drobot, Producing Associate
908-737-4092 •

Session 2 (SOLD OUT)
For students entering Grades 9-12
Dates: July 21-August 1, 2014 (M-F 10 a.m.-2 p.m.)
Final showcase on Friday, August 1, 2014.

Students focus on the craft of acting, including scene work, audition technique, monologue preparation, movement and voice/speech. Students all have the chance to work closely with professional actors and directors, as well as guest artists in fields such as stage combat, casting and improvisation. Campers perform monologues as well as scenes from original plays that have been developed through the Premiere Stages Play Festival. This camp session culminates in a public performance of the monologues and scenes, followed by a certificate presentation and reception for the participants.

Location: TBA
Price: $295.00 *Scholarships are available
Contact: Clare Drobot, Producing Associate
908-737-4092 •

→ Click here to download the camp premire 2014 registration form.
→ Click here to download the camp premire 2014 scholarship application form.

Campers who register before April 1st will receive a $50 discount on camp tuition. Interested students should submit a completed registration form, a brief "Camp Expectations" statement, and a $25 application fee to Premiere Stages at Kean University. The fee ensures inclusion in the camp and serves as the initial tuition payment. Rolling registration begins February 1st and continues through June 3rd; space is limited and early registration is encouraged.


Premiere Stages is proud to partner with Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey to produce the annual New Jersey Young Playwrights Festival, the culmination of the New Jersey Young Playwrights Contest. Each year, schools from across new jersey submit original plays to the elementary, middle, and high school divisions. In collaboration with staff from PTNJ and Premiere Stages, a team of professional playwrights, educators, dramaturgs, and critics selects plays from each division to be named as statewide winners. Winning plays receive a staged reading by professional actors and directors. The Festival is open to the public and is held during school hours; school groups are encouraged to attend.

For information regarding the contest, contact Jim DeVivo, Associate Director of Education at Playwrights Theatre, at 973-514-1787, ext. 14, or at


Premiere Stages collaborates with other professional theatres to offer professional musical theatre presentations for children during the summer. This series provides an enjoyable and accessible summer arts experience for children and their families.

The performances are open to the public, as well as school and camp groups. Through sponsorships, blocks of free tickets and bus transportation are provided to at-risk and special needs children.

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Peter Pan
Yates Musical Theatre for Children

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 @ 10 a.m.
Wilkins Theatre at Kean University
Recommended for Ages 3 - 9

Peter and Wendy is the enchanting story of a boy who refuses to grow up. Peter takes Wendy to Never Never Land for adventures with Tiger Lily, the pirates and the infamous Captain Hook. Children will be enthralled as Peter triumphs over the evil Hook and saves Wendy and the lost boys. The production is filled with action and fun for everyone.

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Yates Musical Theatre

Friday, August 8, 2014 @ 10 a.m.
Wilkins Theatre at Kean University
Recommended for Ages 3 - 9

Excitement abounds in this classic story of a boy who longs for adventure and finds it in the form of an old lamp. The Yates Musical Theatre for Children brings this beloved tale to vivid life with music, dance and comedy. Children will be enthralled as Aladdin discovers the genie, triumphs over the evil magician and wins the love of the beautiful princess.

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Jim West's Dinosaurs!
a Theatreworks presentation

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 @ 10 a.m.
Wilkins Theatre at Kean University
Recommended for Ages 4 - 12

Fossil, the Dinosaur detective, mixes fun and facts in this colossal show inspired by everyone's favorite prehistoric creatures. Mozart, Beethoven, Mahler, Stravinsky and Prokofiev provide the rich musical score.

Discounted group rates are available; please contact Heather Kelley, Premiere's Audience Services Coordinator, at 908-737-4077 or for more information. Groups reserving prior to April 1st will additionally receive an "Early Bird" discount of $50 off your total purchase. Single tickets go on sale May 2014.