Playwrights Theatre has been selected as the 2014 Outstanding Arts Organization from Morris Arts. This award is given in recognition of Playwrights Theatre’s “outstanding accomplishments, commitment and contribution to encouraging and fostering the arts in our community.”
Morris Arts will present the award to Playwrights Theatre on March 27, 2014 during “Celebrate the Arts”, a free community event honoring excellence in the arts. The reception will begin at 5:00 pm and the program portion beginning at 6:30 pm at The Morris Museum’s Bickford Theatre, 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown, NJ. The Lakeland Youth Symphony is scheduled to perform that evening.
Registration is available online for the event at http://www.morrisarts.org/events/celebrate-the-arts/orby calling (973)285-5115.
“We are very honored to be considered for this award,” said John Pietrowski, Artistic Director of Playwrights Theatre (photo right). “Morris Arts is one of the most prestigious arts and culture organizations in the state, and we are very humbled by their selection. It looks like it’s going to be a great night of arts and culture at the Morris Museum, so we encourage everyone to come.”
About Playwrights Theatre:
Founded in 1986, Playwrights Theatre is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit professional theatre and arts education institution dedicated to developing and nurturing the dramatic imagination of artists, students, and audiences. Our New Play Program creates development opportunities for professional writers through readings, workshops and productions, and invites audiences to participate in authentic feedback experiences. Our New Jersey Writers Project, Poetry Out Loud, New Jersey Young Playwrights Contest and Festival, and Creative Arts Academy programs provide a comprehensive and hands-on arts education experience to over 31,000 students, Pre-K through adult.
Writers in the New Play Program are drawn from across the country, including our affiliation with the National New Play Network, a nation-wide group of theatres dedicated to the development and production of new work. Teaching Artists in our Education Programs are professional artists working in their field in the New Jersey, New York, and Philadelphia metropolitan areas. From 2003-2013, we have been designated a Major Arts Institution by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts (along with only four other theatres: The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, George Street Playhouse, McCarter Theatre Center and Paper Mill Playhouse) as “an anchor institution that contributes vitally to the quality of life in New Jersey.”
Funding for our activities comes from: the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the F.M. Kirby Foundation, Inc., Dramatist Guild Fund, The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, The Shubert Foundation, Travelers, The Victoria Foundation, and many corporations, foundations and individuals.
Playwrights Theatre is a member of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance, the National New Play Network, and Madison Arts & Culture Alliance.
About Morris Arts:
Morris Arts is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1973 dedicated to engaging and building community through the arts. Using the arts to inspire, connect and engage, Morris Arts serves as a resource for Morris County with a special focus on arts programming in the schools and in the community, arts advocacy, and support of the Morris Area community of artists and arts organizations.