GEORGE STREET PLAYHOUSE, INC.

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ   |  WWW.GSPONLINE.ORG

Mission

The mission of George Street Playhouse is to enrich people's lives by producing world-class theatre. To accomplish our mission, we seek:

-To produce the highest quality of intellectually and emotionally challenging new works, reimagined classics, and educational programs that speak with relevance to society;

-To serve as a vital cultural institution in New Jersey and a creative force nationally;

-To positively shape and be shaped by the diverse character of our community; and

-To create a nurturing home for the highest level of professional in the arts.

Ruling year info

1974

Managing Director

Kelly Ryman

Artistic Director

David Saint

Main address

P.O. Box 194

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ 08903 USA

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EIN

23-7361588

NTEE code info

Theater (A65)

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Our programs

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Mainstage Programming

Each season, George Street Playhouse produces five fully-realized productions in its proscenium stage theatre. The plays chosen each season range from emotionally and intellectually challenging new works to re-imagined classics. Each season is carefully constructed to best reflect and serve the community.

Population(s) Served

One part of GSP's arts education programming, the Touring Theatre includes a repertoire of plays that enables students (between grades 3 through 8) to explore contemporary issues such as peer pressure, self-esteem, bullying, and health and wellness. Each year our Touring Theatre travels to between 19 and 21 counties in NJ and nearly 7,000 miles to bring our programming to students. Each play performed is followed by an audience-engagement workshop in the form of a post-play production to enable students to think critically and wrestle complex issues.

Population(s) Served

GSP's professional teaching artists work with local public school classroom teachers and students -- students who often have learning challenges, come from low-income families, or live in homes where English is not spoken -- to create their own plays based on school curriculum. GSP and the classroom teachers work together to develop confident and expressive young people capable of creatively solving complex academic and social problems. By integrating theatre and literacy-focused lessons with source material such as the Holocaust, immigration, American history, and origin myths, students increase their academic and social skills, along with a profound sense of teamwork fostered among the students.

Population(s) Served

GSP's Theatre Academy provides classes for students of all ages, celebrating each student's creative expression and providing a fun, engaging environment to explore theatre and build skills in improvisation, musical theatre, and acting techniques. Classes are offered year-round for children and teens, and from fall through spring for adults.

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

George Street Playhouse (GSP)'s mission is to enrich people's lives by producing world-class theatre in central New Jersey.

To accomplish our mission, we seek:
To produce the highest quality of intellectually and emotionally challenging new works, reimagined classics, and educational programs that speak with relevance to society;
To serve as a vital cultural institution in New Jersey and a creative force nationally;
To positively shape and be shaped by the diverse character of our community; and
To create a nurturing home for the highest level of professional in the arts.

Under the combined leadership of Artistic Director David Saint and Managing Director Kelly Ryman, George Street produces a robust repertoire of five fully-realized productions in its Mainstage Season featuring the artistic merits of award-winning and emerging artists, directors, and playwrights. GSP's Education Department annually produces Touring Theatre plays for over 35,000 students in over 100 schools, offers year-round acting classes for 200 aspiring thespians, provides professional development training for classroom teachers, and prepares and oversees a team of skilled teaching artists who work with over 3,000 students using theatre to enhance language arts and social studies classroom curricula.

George Street was founded in 1974 as the first producing theatre in New Brunswick, NJ, anchoring the revitalization of the city's arts and cultural landscape while being the inaugural member of the New Brunswick Cultural Center. To make way for the brand-new, state-of-the-art New Brunswick Performing Arts Center (NBPAC) being constructed on the footprint of the former theatre, George Street moved out of its home for the past four decades and relocated temporarily to the former Agricultural Museum of NJ (located on Rutgers University campus) less than two miles away. Until NBPAC's completion in Fall 2019, GSP will operate in its interim space where we have built a fully-operating 190-seat theatre, costume and props storage, administrative offices, and patron lobbies. George Street will be one of the resident theatre companies at NBPAC.

The Education Department is comprised of three highly-regarded programs: Education Touring Theatre, Artist-in-Residence/Theatre at the Core (TATC), and Theatre Academy. One of the Tour's plays, Austin the Unstoppable, sends a message about Type II Diabetes and childhood obesity. GSP was able to take Austin beyond New Jersey into Houston, TX schools and community centers. GSP's TATC residency program has expanded from its origins in the New Brunswick Public School District six years ago, to now serving all New Brunswick elementary and middle schools, the neighboring North Brunswick and Highland Park school systems, and most recently Teaneck public schools. George Street's Education Department received a 2017 Citation of Excellence in Theatre Arts Education from the New Jersey State Council on the ARts for its TATC residency at North Brunswick Township's Linwood Middle School. GSP's Director of Education, Jim Jack, was recognized with the 2017 New Jersey Governor's Award for Distinguished Service in Theatre Arts Education.

Beyond New Brunswick, George Street has made numerous contributions to American theatre through its development of new work. Recent examples include: GSP's 2015 production of Ernest Shackleton Loves Me which moved Off-Broadway in New York City at Second Stage Theatre this past Spring; the 2008 GSP world premiere of The Toxic Avenger now at London's West End; and GSP's 2013 production of Clever Little Lies opened in Paris this summer, renamed Confidente. In August, GSP announced that its 2013 world premiere Gettin' the Band Back Together will move to Broadway in July 2018.

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GEORGE STREET PLAYHOUSE, INC.

Board of directors
as of 07/01/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

James Heston


Board co-chair

Penelope Lattimer

Lucy Hughes

Janice Stolar

David V Fasanella

Sharon Karmazin

Ronald Bleich

Kenneth M Fisher

William R Hagaman

Norman Politziner

Kelly Ryman

David Saint

W Burton Salisbury

Jocelyn Schwartzman

Ben Sifuentes-Jauregui

Frances C Stromsland

Lora Tremayne

Stephen M Vajtay

Alan W Voorhees

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes