State Theatre New Jersey’s artist residencies let people get “up close and personal” with professional performing artists. Each year, thousands of students and adults participate in a variety of activities, from hands-on workshops and masterclasses to performances, informances, and lectures. Artist residencies may be as brief as one or two days or as long as several months, and include both outreach and performance components. All programs are offered free of charge.
Some residency activities bring participants to The State to learn from the world-renowned performers who appear on our stage. Other residencies take artists into the community, reaching out to disadvantaged and underserved groups who have little or no access to the arts.
State Theatre New Jersey’s signature residency program features poet Glenis Redmond. The annual eight-week residency has taken her to over 130 sites throughout New Jersey—including schools, senior centers, libraries, residential treatment facilities, correctional institutions, corporate offices—and touched the lives of more than 16,000 people. Glenis shares her deeply personal poetry in informances and performances for groups both large and small. She also leads writing workshops that showcase her unique gift for teaching and inspiring others to write. Each year’s residency culminates in a community reading where dozens of people share the poems they created in Glenis’ workshops.
Most of State Theatre New Jersey’s residency programs are targeted to specific audiences and open by invitation only, though some events are open to the public.
The Artist-in-Residence is sponsored in part by
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Grant funding has been provided by the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders through a grant award from the Middlesex County Cultural and Arts Trust Fund.
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