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Centenary Stage Company Receives Grant from Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
Centenary Stage Company has received a grant of $27,500 from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation for the 2016 - 17 Season. The grant will cover general operating expenses during Centenary Stage Company's 2016 - 17 season.
For more than 40 years, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation has nurtured leaders, ideas, and institutions which transcend self interest and promote a sustainable future. We focus on issues critical to our home state of New Jersey, and organizations that have a direct and meaningful impact here.
Working with nonprofit, community, government, and business leaders to imagine a better New Jersey, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation funds Arts, Education, Environment and Informed Communities initiatives that are innovative and promote collaboration and community-driven decision making.
Centenary Stage Company Receives Grant from The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation
In December of 2016 Centenary Stage Company received a $10,000 grant from The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation. The grant will support general operating expenses for the 2016-17 season. With a strong commitment to the advancement of the Arts in New Jersey, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation supports a variety of projects across a broad spectrum of issues.
Centenary Stage Company Hosts Shakesperience NJ
Centenary Stage Company has long been dedication to bringing arts education to it's community through a variety of programs. This year close to 100 students from Warren Tech High School, FHL Academy, Greystone Academy, and The Wilberforce School will participated in this unique “Shakesperience.”
Led by Professor Stephen Davis, Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts at Centenary College and an Arts Education Program Director with Centenary Stage Company, students from each school will present a scene or adaptation of a Shakespeare piece that lasts 15 to 25 minutes. Presentations included Richard III (Greystone Academy), Much Ado About Nothing (FHL Academy), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Wilburforce School) and King Lear (Warren Tech).
Before their presentations, Centenary Stage Company teaching artists and Centenary College faculty members led the students in a variety of workshops in the morning, including dance, stage combat, makeup, TV production, film, radio, costumes and improvisation and other important aspects of theatre production. Students gained hands-on experience of performing and understanding the works of the “Bard” and also gained valuable, collaborative life-skills, learning to work as a cooperative team focused on a common goal. The day concluded with a feedback session led-by Centenary’s Communication and Fine Arts Department and Centenary Stage Company staff.
“Teaching children about Shakespeare is a passion of mine,” says Professor Davis. “I was introduced to Shakespeare when I was in sixth grade, and it changed my life forever. It is also an honor to have Centenary College serve as a host site for Shakesperience: NJ for three years in a row.”
Centenary Stage Company Director and Choreographer, Lea Antolini – Lid Receives Honor
Lea Antolini - Lid was invited to travel to China to teach with the acclaimed modern dance company Nai – Ni Chen in July. Professor Antolini – Lid and the Nai Ni Chen Company introduced Chinese Students from Kunming University, Hong He University and Yunnan University to techniques of classical Ballet, Contemporary Ballet, Modern Dance, Hip Hop, Jazz, Dance Composition and creative movement, yoga, dance appreciation and repertory work. The majority of the Chinese participants were dance teachers and professors that specialize in Chinese folk and Chinese classical dance, with very little exposure to the techniques introduced by Antolini and her colleagues.
The workshop was made possible by a grant from the American Chinese Embassy awarded to the Nai Ni Chen Dance Company to bring the project to China. The Nai Ni Chen Dance Company has performed in two different seasons for the Centenary Stage Company professional performing arts season, and artistic director Nai Ni Chen has taught dance intensives on two different years of Centenary students, by invitation of Antolini (who curates the professional CSC Dance Festival) and Fine Arts Department Chair Carl Wallnau.