Friday, March 9, 2012


clip_image002As a member theatre company of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance (NJTA), Actors Shakespeare Company at New Jersey City University will present three theatre workshops as part of NJTA’s The Stages Festival, a unique statewide program providing free and heavily discounted tickets to performances and special events throughout the state of New Jersey in March.

Dauphin&HenryVIntroduction to Stage Combat
Saturday, March 17, and Sunday, March 25, at 11:00 AM
West Side Theater, 285 West Side Avenue, Jersey City.
ADMISSION: The workshop is free and open to all, 12 or older, and will last 90 minutes.

“Learn the art of stage violence: hand-to-hand, swordplay, rapier and dagger. Be safe, but look deadly,” says Colin Ryan, ASC education director, who will conduct of the workshop. (Above: Jonathan Hopkins and Colin Ryan. Photo by Boyle Image)

Shakespeare for the Whole Family 
WHEN: Saturday, March 24, at 11:00 AM
WHERE: West Side Theater, 285 West Side Avenue, Jersey City.

This workshop invites all children over the age of 10 and their parents to play in the world of Shakespeare, with costumes, props, text, and staging of famous scenes.

Get That Laugh
WHEN: Saturday, March 31, at 11:00 AM  
West Side Theater, 285 West Side Avenue, Jersey City.

ASC at NJCU offers a physical comedy workshop in which participants will discover how to physically characterize their comedic instincts. “Learn time-honored, stage-tested techniques used by Plautus, Bergson and Brooks to consistently get the laugh,” says Mark McCarthy, who will instruct the participants.

For more information about the workshops and theater, call ASC at NJCU at 201.200.2390 or visit

NJCU’s West Side Theater is conveniently located on West Side Avenue near Culver Avenue, just minutes from Routes 440, 1-9 and 78. There is ample parking in the University's lots and on West Side Avenue. Public transportation is available by bus 80 from Journal Square in Jersey City; and by Hudson-Bergen Light Rail to West Side Avenue. For further directions, visit

ASC at NJCU became the University’s theatrical company-in-residence in 2008, making NJCU only the fourth institution of higher education in New Jersey to be affiliated with a professional theatre company. The collaboration between the company, which is in its twelfth season, and NJCU began in 2005. Since that time, NJCU and ASC at NJCU have partnered to present professional classical theatre to both the NJCU and wider Jersey City communities and NJCU faculty and students have been regularly involved in ASC productions and workshops.

ASC at NJCU works through the NJCU Foundation, a non-profit, tax-exempt organization, and is supported in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, New Jersey City University, and contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations. For further information, visit