Young Scientists Explore the Arts at the State Theatre

NEW BRUNSWICK—The State Theatre in New Brunswick announces the eighth season of Scientists Exploring the Arts (SEA)—a unique partnership between the State Theatre and Bridgewater-based National Starch, LLC. The program offers young scientists an opportunity to learn about the arts and to meet personnel from National Starch, a world leader in creating unique ingredients for the food and paper making industries.

Designed to expand the cultural and creative horizons of college students majoring in science and technology, the program brings students to State Theatre performances as guests of National Starch. This season’s Scientists Exploring the Arts program features four performances: two during the fall semester and two in the spring. Each performance is preceded by dinner, an informative lecture about the show, and networking with National Starch staff. The program is free of charge to participants.


“Scientists Exploring the Arts is an innovative partnership that benefits all three partners,” said Lian Farrer, the theater’s Vice President for Education. “The program brings the State Theatre a young new audience. For National Starch, it’s an opportunity to enhance their community profile and to meet potential employees from New Jersey’s top universities. As for the students,” Farrer adds, “what could be better? Dinner, a learning experience, a State Theatre performance, and—perhaps—future employment. All for free! We salute National Starch for their vision and for their sustained support of this program.”

The fall offerings—which recently kicked off on October 1 with a performance by the Merce Cunningham Dance Company—include the upcoming performance by the BBC Concert Orchestra on November 7. Offerings in the spring are Philadanco -The Philadelphia Dance Company on February 17 and Parsons Dance and East Village Opera Company in Remember Me on April 7.

“National Starch and its employees are proud to be a sponsor of this unique event. It is great to have a chance to interact with aspiring scientists in such a perfect setting such as the State Theatre, providing a memorable experience for all,” commented Joseph Light, Head of Global Development, Customer Solutions & Product Innovation Groups for National Starch and a State Theatre Trustee.

Scientists Exploring the Arts is open to college students (graduate and undergraduate) who are majoring in specific areas of science or technology. Eligible majors include: food science and molecular gastronomy, nutrition, chemistry, chemical engineering, statistics, environmental science, food sensory evaluation, and materials science. The program has also been opened to other majors such as business (finance, sales), marketing, and computer science.

Past SEA participants have included students from many colleges and universities in New Jersey, including Rutgers University, Princeton University, Rider University, Kean University, Monmouth University, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Fairleigh Dickinson University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, The College of New Jersey, and Stevens Institute of Technology.

Established and funded by the former National Starch and Chemical Foundation as part of its commitment to supporting the communities it serves, SEA is the brainchild of former National Starch and Chemical Company Chairman and CEO and State Theatre Board Member Emeritus, William H. Powell.

National Starch contributed $10,000 in support of this year’s SEA program. Additional support for this season has also been provided by Mr. Powell.

Scientists Exploring the Arts events are free, but advance registration is required. Register online at, call 732-246-7469, ext. 545, or email Because space is limited students are encouraged to register as early as possible.

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