NEW BRUNSWICK—Middlesex County College, in cooperation with the State Theatre, is offering a theatre class that goes behind the scenes and shows students what the world of theatre is really like. It begins Sept. 29 as part of the college’s Fall II schedule.
“Students are going to be able to go behind the scenes at the State Theatre and get a true feel for the nuts and bolts of the theater and the performing arts,” said Evelyn Rosa, director of the college’s New Brunswick Center, which is where the course will be held.
“There will be backstage tours, meetings, workshops, and discussions with visiting performers, directors, choreographers, designers, producers, and business professionals of the State Theatre. You’ll be attending shows at the State, the George Street Playhouse and Crossroads Theatre in New Brunswick, on- and off-Broadway in New York, McCarter Theatre in Princeton, and on the college’s main campus in Edison.
You’ll be looking at the great theatres from the cities of the past, with parallels to contemporary New Brunswick, now the heart of culture and nightlife in Central New Jersey.”
Martin Kushner, a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, managing director of Jersey Artists and Musicians (JAM!) and adjunct professor in the Performing Arts Department at Middlesex County College, will be teaching the course.
The class is held Tuesdays and Thursdays through Dec. 17 from 6-7:40 p.m. at the center, which is at 140 New Street, at the intersection of Joyce Kilmer Avenue. The 3-credit course, THE 105N, will cover all facets of theater: production, performance, and management. There is a $170 theater course fee (in addition to tuition) that will cover all performance ticket prices and some transportation.
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