Part of the annual Stages Festival

As with all of the arts, live theatre enriches our lives, giving us opportunities to connect to other people and see the world through their eyes. Arts Access is thrilled to once again participate in the New Jersey’s largest celebration of live theater with New Jersey Theatre Alliance’s annual Stages Festival!

The Stages Festival is a state-wide spring festival of free and low-cost theatre events including performances, classes, workshops, and play readings. The Stages Festival is designed to showcase the diversity and excellence of New Jersey theatre, to break down barriers of cost and access, and to introduce new audiences to the work of our member theatres.

Arts Access will be presenting Plays By People, an afternoon of staged readings of plays written by the Arts Access playwrights and performed by professional actors from Premiere Stages at Kean University. The playwrights will be an integral part of the staging process, offering direct feedback to the actors on how to best present their written work. They will also work with the director to create sound cues and staging. Through all of this, the Arts Access playwrights will gain important experience in regards to critique and performance.


Please join us for

Plays By People

Saturday, March 28, 4:00pm  5:30pm
at the Robert Schonhorn Arts Center


“The Alliance is grateful that The Arts Access Program at Matheny is participating in the 2020 Stages Festival,” said John McEwen, Executive Director of the Alliance. “For 23 years, Stages has provided theatrical experiences for thousands of residents across New Jersey. These efforts would not be made possible without the wonderful help of our partners such as Premiere Stages at Kean University.”

Plays By People is a FREE event, but be sure to reserve your seat!


About the Stages Festival

The New Jersey Theatre Alliance’s Stages Festival offers dozens of performances, workshops, classes, and events at theatres, art centers, libraries, schools, senior centers, and other community venues throughout the state. The program was developed to encourage New Jersey’s residents to attend their local professional theatres by making the experience affordable, accessible, and fun.

The Festival began as a one-week program for young people and their families. As it grew in popularity, the NJ Theatre Alliance expanded it to a full month of performances, workshops and programs for theatre lovers in all the stages of their lives. The Stages Festival is New Jersey’s largest celebration of live theatre.