Thursday, April 30, 2020

“Frankenstein,” streaming from 2pm EDT today.

Watch Frankenstein for free.


WHEN: premieres at 2pm EDT Thursday, April 30, with Benedict Cumberbatch performing as the creature from 2pm EDT Thursday, and Jonny Lee Miller performing as the creature from May 1, 2pm EDT. Available until May 8.
WHERE: YouTube
FEE: free

Directed by Academy Award®-winner Danny Boyle, Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller alternate the roles of Victor Frankenstein and his creation.

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Benedict Cumberbatch introduces Frankenstein

'We have a massive capacity for love.' Benedict Cumberbatch recorded a special message for fans, introducing the timeless and thrilling stage show. WATCH VIDEO

Online This Week at Two River


We hope you and your loved ones are keeping well. Until we can gather together at the theater, we hope to continue to connect with you digitally! Below are upcoming digital events, and events you can view now! 



Join us for these live online events taking place on Two River Theater’s Facebook, Instagram and Zoom Accounts!



Two River’s very own Pamela (Sarah McKinley Austin) shares Wendy Wasserstein’s story about a young girl’s first Broadway show experience with her glamorous Aunt Louise (and all the adventures in between)! Written by the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, this book inspired the long-awaited musical #SceneAtTwoRiver for its world premiere production in our 2018/19 season. Recommended for ages 5-10.  VIEW EVENT


WED, MAY 6 | 7:00 PM | FREE | ZOOM

Join the Two River Players for Shakespeare’s most famous tragic romance, Romeo and Juliet. The play will be explored act by act over the course of five community readings by members of Two River’s staff, followed by a group discussion and Q&A. Special guest Sara Holdren will read for Juliet (Director of Twelfth Night, A Little Shakespeare: Macbeth and The Comedy of Errors)  VIEW EVENT

Missed Act I? No problem! View it here and join us for Act II on Wednesday!



A celebration of Two River Theater artists and productions, with scenes, monologues, songs and memories.


Luis shares a rap paying tribute to Sir Andrew Aguecheek from Twelfth Night


Playwright Matt Barbot shares a piece from El Coquí Espectacular and the Bottle of Doom



Join Two River staff and artists for DIY projects, crafts, activities for kids and families, classes and workshops. We’re here to help you keep busy, learn a little something new, and have fun safely from your homes!





If you have an idea or suggestion on digital programming, please share it with us! We'd love to know how we can keep you engaged and entertained until we can all meet again at the theater!

(Due to policies set in place by Actor’s Equity, we are unable to make full recordings of prior performances available at this time)

Garden State Plaza and bergenPAC Partner to Spread the Joy of Entertainment

Bergen Performing Arts Center launched a partnership with the Westfield Garden State Plaza to present free family events a year ago, kicking it off on April 17, 2019 with a special appearance by beloved comedian Vic Dibitetto. The mall may be closed for now, but that hasn’t stopped the show from going on.

WHEN: Every Saturday at 10 a.m. After the livestreams run they are archived on the Garden State Plaza Facebook page as videos so families can enjoy them throughout the week.
WHERE:  Westfield Garden State Plaza Facebook page
WHAT: programs like princess storytimes and sing-a-longs, magic shows, exotic animals, and everyone’s favorite—Bubble Trouble.

“bergenPAC’s nonprofit mission is to make the performing arts accessible to everyone in the community, and our partnership with the Westfield Garden State Plaza helps our programs reach an even wider audience,” bergenPAC President & CEO Dominic Roncace said. “In light of the current situation, this is a great way for us to continue providing families with the joy of entertainment.”

This continues a years-long collaboration between bergenPAC and the Garden State Plaza to engage the community.

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Lead the Way

DIETRICH streams to benefit nonprofit organizations as ground-breaking and unstoppable as play’s unforgettable namesake

DIETRICH, an acclaimed one-woman play that brings iconic German actress Marlene Dietrich to life, will stream to help raise money for important causes. A one-minute trailer can be viewed at

WHEN: Sunday, May 3, 1 PM; 7 PM; 10 PM
: viewers can watch at 
ADMISSION:  Each performance is free, however a donation to one of five charitable causes is requested.

Contributions can be made directly to each individual charity, whose links are live on the DIETRICH website now and can be accessed below.

The benefitting causes were selected by producers due to the impact they are having in their communities, across the country, and around the world. They are:

1. Operation Warrior Shield, which provides comprehensive support programs for service members, veterans, first responders and their families that are focused on transition, health and wellness, employment, prevention of homelessness, peer engagement, and connections to community resources.

2. Destiny Rescue, which rescues children from sex trafficking.

3. National Meningitis Association, which works to protect families from the potentially devastating effects of meningococcal disease.

4. The Lucky Cat Rescue, a local rescue group that works to save stray cats and kittens in New Jersey.

5. Woodstock Museum, which works to gather, display, disseminate, and develop the concept of Woodstock, encompassing the culture and history of a living colony of the arts, and much more.

Not only will viewers get to donate to great causes but they can enjoy the DIETRICH experience from their living rooms on the anniversary of this historic day in her life.

Sixty years ago—on May 3rd, 1960—Dietrich returned to the Berlin stage for the first time since fleeing the Hitler regime in the late1930’s. Inside her dressing room at the Tatiana Palast Theatre, Dietrich weighs whether or not to go through with the live performance despite threats on her life by Nazi sympathizers who resented her for having spent much of World War II entertaining American soldiers on the front lines. To them, Dietrich is a turncoat; a traitor who deserves to be shot and killed on stage.

Starring actress Cindy Marinangel, accompanied by musical director/pianist Russell Daisey, and written by playwright Willard Manus, DIETRICH (formerly known as Marlene) celebrated its world premiere at the Brickhouse Theatre in Los Angeles (produced by Write Act Rep and John Lant), debuted in New York in the New York Theatre Festival’s annual Winterfest, was chosen as a finalist in the storied New York New Works Theater Festival, enjoyed an exclusive performance in association with Hudson Theatre Works, and had a limited, special engagement Off-Broadway at the Triad Theater.

Marinangel is an international entertainer, a Lifetime Member of The Actors Studio and a graduate of the Chicago Second City Conservatory. She is an avid ballroom dancer and animal rights activist. Learn more at

Daisey is an internationally acclaimed pianist, singer and songwriter. He’s performed at The First Hiroshima International Peace Summit (onstage with the Dalai Lama); the Palais des Congres in Paris; before President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; and Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Ellie Wiesel, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Betty Williams.

Manus is a playwright, journalist and novelist. He is a member of the Playwright/Directors unit of The Actors Studio. His most recent plays are “Joe and Marilyn: A Love Story,” “Frank and Ava” (now a motion picture) and “Who Killed Comrade Rabbit?”

For her part, Dietrich was frequently honored for her work for improving morale on the front lines during WWII. She earned the U.S. Medal of Freedom and the French Legion d'Honneur. The Kingdom of Belgium named Dietrich a Knight of the Order of Leopold. In 1999, the American Film Institute named Dietrich the ninth-greatest female star of classic Hollywood cinema.

Like Your Favorite Artists in Northern New Jersey Community Foundation's ArtsBergen Virtual “The Daily Arts Dose”

Break up the monotony and the isolation by participating in the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation's (NNJCF) ArtsBergen virtual art social media campaign

The Daily Arts Dose

WHEN: From Monday, May 4 through Wednesday, May 20, the public can experience a different work of art, once a day for two week, and like their favorite artists in the campaign on the NNJCF's ArtsBergen social media accounts. 
HOW TO ACCESS: Each artist’s work will be posted daily starting May 4 on these social media accounts: FACEBOOK, Instagram, and Twitter @nnjcf. Everyone is encouraged to like, share and comment on the posts they enjoy. The artist's post receiving the highest number of likes will be awarded a cash prize.            

The campaign features 14 Bergen County artists of all disciplines, who submitted their art and were selected to share a sample of their work to the community on social media. The artists were asked to submit work reflecting the campaign’s tag line, “The Daily Arts Dose: Guaranteed to nourish your soul and boost immunity to boredom, isolation, and seeing those same four walls,” or that inspired, brought humor or contemplation in the midst of the pandemic.   

"The arts can uplift and inspire hope and joy. During this time of social distancing, the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation engages local artists to help alleviate some of the disconnection and isolation community members are experiencing by injecting a healthy dose of creativity into their lives," said Danielle De Laurentis, Associate Director, Northern New Jersey Community Foundation.

About Northern New Jersey Community Foundation
The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c) 3 organization based in Hackensack, New Jersey, focuses primarily on civic engagement, education, the environment, public health, philanthropy and the arts.  NNJCF works with local governments, school districts, businesses, non-profit organizations, and citizen groups in Northern New Jersey to improve community life. The Foundation's partners identify and resolve regional problems and opportunities by talking and learning from each other, by sharing ideas, best practices, services, and resources.

For more information, visit, send an email to, or call 201-568-5608.

About ArtsBergen
ArtsBergen, an initiative of the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation, is an emerging arts alliance in Bergen County, New Jersey that supports and encourages creative placemaking, the practice of integrating arts and culture into a neighborhood, town, or region to build community and livability and boost local economy. The initiative's mission is to energize and unify artists and arts organizations and connect the Bergen County community to the arts.

For more information, visit, send an email to, or call 201-568-5608.

A Global Array of Poets, Dancers, Musicians & Actors Raise Their Voices for JCTC’s “Courage”

An eclectic, diverse and global mix of poets, actors, musicians, dancer and other performers will be featured in

JCTC Conversations: Voices From Around The World
Episode 3: Courage

WHEN: Friday, May 1. Courage will be go live at 1:00pm, instead of the usual starting time of 2:00pm.
HOW TO WATCH: the easiest way is to visit the JCTC CONVERSATIONS: VOICES FROM AROUND THE WORLD Event Page on Facebook and follow the instructions. The program uses Zoom* Meeting technology, or click here. Or visit:

JCTC Conversations: Voices From Around The World is the online series by Jersey City Theater Company (JCTC) that in the organization’s signature style, is global in scope yet relevant to the community. Each episode has a theme, and the organization has announced upcoming themes for May programming:

  • May 1/Courage
  • May 8/Solitude
  • May 15/Strength
  • May 22 / Revelation

Courage features performances from a range of talents from the U.S. as well as artists from Europe, South America and Asia, including:

  • Elias Faingersh, a Swedish musician known as “Europe’s Golden Trombone,” combines composition and performance.
  • Susan Justiniano, best known by her alias, RescuePoetix, is a Jersey City resident with deep roots in Puerto Rico, best known as a spoken-word artists and community organizer.
  • Eriel Santagado & Charly Santagado, sisters and co-founders of ~mignolo dance~ , performing in numerous dance festivals & venues throughout the tristate area.
  • Martín De Goycoechea – an awarded-winning Argentinian actor, director & writer who has performed his work stages in South America, Europe & Canada.

Other performers include Rimli Roy, Dance & Theatre performer from India; Isabella Di Liello, Canadian Dancer; and Megha Sood, India-born, Jersey City Resident with 380+ works published in literary journals.

Anyone interested in performing for upcoming episodes are invited to submit proposals to

JCTC Conversations: Voices From Around The World is an interactive experience featuring performances, interviews & discussion. Participating artists range from poets & spoken-word artists to actors, dancers & musicians – all performing live from their homes – and home studios – followed by conversations with moderators, artists and of course the live, virtual audiences.

JCTC launched the series in April, with an outpouring of support from both artists and audiences. Artists and performers from many disciplines have submitted proposals for upcoming episodes, increasing the diversity of performers – as well as country and cultures represented.

“We are all living through a dark and difficult time, but with JCTC Conversations: Voices From Around The World, we can see how at least we’re not going through this alone,” said Olga Levina, Artistic Director of Jersey City Theater Center (JCTC) and host of JCTC Conversations: Voices From Around The World. “Artists and audiences are not just members of their local networks, but are part of a global community. We want everyone to stay tuned, stay connected, stay healthy and join the conversation.”

IMAGE: (Clockwise from left) Elias Faingersh, Susan Justiniano, Martín De Goycoechea, Eriel Santagado.

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MPAC Presents Family-Friendly Facebook Live concert this Friday

Join MPAC on Facebook for a

LIVE family concert with Megan Chappius

WHEN: Friday, May 1, at 12:30 pm
WHERE: Facebook or MPAC website

An originally produced Facebook Live concert featuring Megan Chappius, this show will be kid-friendly, as Megan takes families on a musical journey to the beach!

If you can't make the livestream, it will be available to view at your leisure at any time on Facebook and our website.

Megan Chappius is a full-time Music Therapist, Singer-Songwriter, and Multi-Instrumentalist. She plays guitar, piano, and various percussive instruments, performing a variety of styles, including jazz, folk, soul, and R&B. She specializes in adapting music and creating soundscapes to suit the aesthetic of the environment.

Visit our Virtual Arts page for even more family-friendly entertainment!

You'll find links to Laurie Berkner Band concerts, daily Latin music for children by Sonia De Los Santos, Peanut Butter & Jam chamber music sessions and many more! The page is updated frequently, so be sure to check back often.

Visit Our Virtual Arts page

Mayo Performing Arts Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, presents a wide range of programs that entertain, enrich, and educate the diverse population of the region and enhance the economic vitality of Northern New Jersey.

West Orange Arts Council Showcases Advanced Placement Studio Art Students in First Virtual Art Exhibit

The West Orange High School Virtual Exhibit at

Through an exciting partnership with the Visual and Performing Arts Program at West Orange High School (WOHS), the West Orange Arts Center’s (WOAC) latest show features rising stars of our arts community.

The exhibit includes the work of the Advanced Placement (AP) Studio Art Juniors and Seniors. Senior artists include: Brandon Andrade, Olivia Callender, Ruth Donagher, Tricia Garchitorena, Christina Gilio-Malabre, Cassidy Joyce, Jason Latchman, and Jack Mault.

Access the exhibit HERE.

To participate in AP Studio Art, students are required to complete a one-semester foundation course in studio art before proceeding to advanced studies like advanced drawing, design, painting, graphics and sculpture. After completing demanding advanced courses, juniors and seniors may enroll and can produce portfolios for college admission and earn up to six advanced placement college credits.

The community is invited to visit the virtual exhibit, which includes images of the work along with artist's statements and take the opportunity to provide feedback to the students.

The show was installed on March 8 by the students and shortly after the West Orange Arts Center closed, adjusting its programming until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic. On a swift pivot, WOAC Vice-Chair Carol Black-Lemon and Advanced Placement Studio Art teacher Heather Young worked to assemble the virtual exhibit experience. 

"Even though we are closed to the public, we wanted to continue our mission to aspire and support the arts in our community, and what better way to do that then by acknowledging these talented young artists," said Black-Lemon.  Young concurs "Although the students did not get their big reception, in light of the situation, this is a very exciting alternative." This is the fourth year the show is being coordinated by WOAC Board Members Lisa Suss and Frank Niccoletti. 

WOAC is currently developing additional virtual opportunities to stay connected and keep the arts alive. Most recently the WOAC partnered with the West Orange Environmental Commission and Open Space Commission and coordinated by Councilwoman Susan McCartney to "Celebrate Earth Day, the Social Distancing Way" with an Art In Nature Community Photography Campaign. The work is on view on Facebook. The striking images came from far (Italy) and near (West Orange and surrounding community).

Access the Earth Day exhibit HERE.

This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and administered by the Essex County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs.  For more information, visit


The Theater Project and NJ Theatre Alliance's Stages Online present



The recording can be accessed on our website for a limited time:

Available through Tuesday, May 5

Join the techno-challenged members of a small local church in a video call as they struggle to mount their annual Passion Play for an online performance during the Easter season lockdown.

CAST: Scott Cagney, Noreen Farley, Deb Maclean, Kelley Rose McAndrews, Matt McCarthy and Thomas Vorsteg; directed by Mark Spina.

STREAMING PASSION is supported in part by Stages Online, a partnership with New Jersey Theatre Alliance to bring theatre content into homes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Did you love Tiger King? Check out these free Resources!

Check out these Tiger Titles from Hoopla!

Give Me Shelter (1 hr. 30 mins.)

A documentary directed by Kristen Rizzo uncovering the most prevalent issues in the animal world through the eyes of individuals dedicating their lives to them daily.

Great Soul of Siberia by Sooyong Park

Renowned tiger researcher Sooyong Park tracks three generations of Siberian tigers living in remote southeastern Russia. Park sets up underground bunkers to observe the tigers, living thrillingly close to these beautiful but dangerous apex predators.

Baby Tigers by Mary Elizabeth Salzmann

What are baby tigers called? How does the mother tiger carry her baby? How long do baby tigers stay with their mothers? Kids will learn the answers to all these questions and more.

Cats: Caressing the Tiger (54 mins.)

By night, they're ruthless hunters that stalk their prey with a keen sense of sight and smell. By day, they're playful, loving companions for millions. This documentary from National Geographic explores the lives of our feline friends.

The Tribe of the Tiger by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

From the majestic Bengal tiger to the domesticated Siamese comes a meditation on cats from the bestselling author of The Hidden Life of Dogs and The Social Lives of Dogs.


Tigers by Alex Kuskowski

This title includes colorful double-page photos with easy-to-read sentences about features, food, cubs and more to make learning about tigers a fun experience.



Hoopla offers movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone. Access with your library card. There's never a wait list!

New Ebooks and Audiobooks Available this Week @ Millburn Public Library

New ebooks and digital audiobooks.

New Adult Fiction and Non-Fiction out April 28

  • Camino Winds by John Grisham
  • The Wedding Dress by Danielle Steel
  • Everything Beautiful In Its Time by Jenna Bush Hager
  • Deep in the Alaskan Woods by Karen Harper
  • The Talented Mr. Varg by Alexander McCall Smith
  • The Secrets of Love Story Bridge by Phaedra Patrick

New YA and Kids Titles out April 28

  • You Can Do It, Noisy Nora by Rosemary Wells
  • The Berenstain Bears' Big Track Meet by Mike Berenstain
  • Don't Call the Wolf by Aleksandra Ross
  • How to Disappear Completely by Ali Standish
  • The Incredibly Dead Pets of Rex Dexter by Aaron Reynolds

You can access these titles via Libby/Overdrive

Libby is a free app where you can borrow ebooks and digital audiobooks from your public library. You can stream books with Wi-Fi or mobile data, or download them for offline use and read anytime, anywhere.

Download the mobile app from your App Store or visit eBCCLS and get started today!

John Grisham & Stephen King: Free Online Event!

Two of America's most popular writers will discuss their latest releases on Wednesday, April 29, at 7 PM. Watch on King's YouTube Channel or by registering here

Art House Productions Announces Virtual Access JC Fridays on June 5, 2020: Seeks Submissions

Virtual Access JC Fridays

WHEN: Friday, June 5, at 7:00pm EDT
online via Zoom
ADMISSION: free and open to the public.

Access JC Fridays focuses on inclusion and encourages participants to present work from artists with disabilities and/or work that celebrates disability in any of its many forms, including, but not limited to: impairments that are cognitive, developmental, intellectual, mental, physical, and sensory. Jersey City’s premiere quarterly arts festival will showcase a variety of happenings including visual art exhibitions, live music, performance acts, educational demonstrations, and more.

Submissions for venue partners to participate are open through May 1 at 5:00pm EDT. All venue partners must be located in or primarily serve Jersey City.

Partners need the following to participate:

  • a laptop/tablet/smartphone with a camera & reliable internet access
  • a free Zoom account (paid accounts are also fine, but you do not need a paid account to participate).

For submission information, please visit:

Rachel Handler, Chair of Art House’s Access Committee, says, “People with disabilities are incredibly trained at adapting to life circumstances, it’s the only way we can survive in a society that wasn’t created with us in mind. Going virtual is now making events more inclusive than ever before, with live captions anyone can learn, get inspired, and feel connected from the comfort of their couch or (wheel)chair!”

“Moving Access JC Fridays online is an exciting opportunity to expand the reach and accessibility of one of Art House’s most beloved programs,” says Producing Director Courtney Little. “Part of the excitement of JC Fridays is getting to experience a wide variety of performing and visual arts all in one night by hopping venue to venue; there are usually so many events, it’s impossible to get to them all. For the first time in JC Fridays history, a participant will have the unique ability to experience each venue through Virtual Access JC Fridays!”

More information about free audience registration and access to the Zoom link is forthcoming. Zoom is an online video conferencing software that allows you to virtually interact when in-person meetings and events aren't possible.

The Art House staff are available to help troubleshoot registration and download; please email for assistance.

JC Fridays is sponsored by Jersey City Municipal Council & Cultural Affairs, Historic Downtown SID, JCEDC; and supported by Art Fair 14C.

Art House Productions is generously supported by The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, MACK-CALI Realty, SILVERMAN, Manhattan Building Company, and CoolVines.

Art House is working creatively to deliver digital content during this pandemic. While the doors to our physical space might be temporarily closed, we are here in the digital space as a source of strength, creativity, humor, and light when you need inspiration and affirmation.

In the coming days, weeks, and months, we're planning artist features & profiles, performance videos, online galleries, and livestreaming community events! For information about upcoming digital events and features, please visit, along with our Facebook, Twitter & Instagram for more information. To sign up for Art House's mailing list, please click here:

Art House Productions is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to the development and presentation of the performing and visual arts in Jersey City, NJ. Art House Productions presents theater, performing and visual arts festivals, arts events, visual art exhibitions, and adult and youth art classes. For more information about our programs, please visit our website at Follow us on social media @arthouseproductions @arthouseprods

JCTC CONVERSATIONS ONLINE: Voices From Around The World: Courage on May 1

This event will be held online on Zoom. Those who RSVP will receive a meeting ID and password to join this event in real time.

JCTC Conversations: Voices From Around The World is the weekly online series linking artists from Jersey City together with artists from around the world in an interactive experience featuring performances, interviews & discussion.

Each episode also showcases visual, performing arts, and theatre artists, making the dialogue and exchange at the cover of JCTC Conversations: Voices From Around The World quirky, engaging and eclectic.

May 1 - Episode 4: COURAGE Where is the source of your ability to overcome fear? What is your courage?

Artists: Susan Justiniano, Poetry (USA /Jersey City), Elias Faingersh, Theatre & Music (Sweden), Isabella Di Liello, Dance (Canada), Martín De Goycoechea, Theatre (Argentina), Ayako Takahashi, Dance (Japan)


May 8 - Episode 5: SOLITUDE


To support our on-going weekly online series, you can make a contribution. Thank you for your generous support of Jersey City Theater Center. DONATE HERE


Good Morning, Songwriters!

Welcome to Week 1 of Songwriters in Mufti!

This week, to start things off, we're going to start with something about...well, about US.

Imagine a musical about The York. Need some history? Check out our website: (Hint:This was our 50th Anniversary Season!)

Now that you've imagined a musical about The York, write us a song from that musical. Is it the opening number? An "I Want" song? A patter song inspired by Jim Morgan's infamous curtain speech? That's up to you! Feel free to not stick totally to the facts—we don't mind a little artistic license.

Send a recording of your song (no parodies, please—at least not this time around) to by 8:00 PM (EST) on Friday, May 1st! We'd prefer video recordings, but if that's not in the cards, we'll accept audio recordings, too. If possible, please send files via Dropbox or similar service. Sheet music is not necessary.

If you've got any further questions, email us at, and we'll get back to you as quickly as possible.

We can't wait to see and hear your work!

All best,

Seth Christenfeld, Literary Manager

* The York makes no claim of ownership on any songs written for this competition and the songwriters retain all copyright.


Please email us a video, Dropbox, or direct download link to this address.

‘Dancing Through Distancing’ Free Access Virtual Dance Workshops For Students of All Ages


WHERE: Workshops  and information about AXCBT can be found at or

The Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Theater (AXCBT), part of the Axelrod
Performing Arts Center of Deal Park, New Jersey, has been meeting a desired community need by providing a syllabus of multi-faceted, free-of-charge virtual  dance and theater-arts workshops in response to the national “Stay at Home order” beginning in March.

Since that time, AXCBT has enjoyed an impressive attendance and garnered thankful, rave reviews from students and parents. For the program’s launch, Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Theater’s director and choreographer, Gabriel Chajnik, presented his first Advanced Ballet Workshop online (March 27th) with students not only from New Jersey but all over the nation—and they have been ‘tuning in’ and dancing along ever since.

Renowned dance professionals joining Chajnik in the company’s mission to offer ‘dancing through distancing’ include Michael Trusnovec of famed Paul Taylor Dance Company—hailed by The New York Times as “one of the world’s most luminous dancers,” Dylan Pearce, assistant choreographer of Radio City Music Hall’s Christmas Spectacular, Gabriela Soto who is featured as a ‘Shark Girl’ in Stephen Spielberg's highly anticipated WEST SIDE ST ORY, and Jessica Sgambelluri of Martha Graham and José Limón Dance Companies. Perhaps even more impressive than the credentials of these heralded instructors is the fact that they have donated their time and talents as a way for the Axelrod Performing Arts Center and AXCBT to give back during these difficult times.

AXCBT ’s staff also enjoys a wide range of talented featured performers and instructors, including Tuyana Balzhieva of the Moscow and Roxey Ballet companies; Lindsay Jorgensen and Olivia Miranda, both recent graduates of the  Ailey/Fordham’s dance program; Wendy Roman, who teaches a range of classes from preschool movement for beginners to triple threat musical theater for intermediate students; and Thomas Ryan Ward (also Fordham University educated) who has been inspiring students to explore poetry creation and combine it with dance, as well as teaching acting for dancers.

Axelrod Performing Arts Center’s board members and staff said, “The positive feedback and glowing reviews regarding our virtual workshops these past weeks ha ve been exciting and rewarding. Seeing the faces of our talented students beam as they ‘dance through distancing’ is completely heartwarming. It is our pleasure to continue providing high-quality instruction and impeccable guest artists for students and adults hungry for arts-based education.”

Calling All Kids Who Cook: Enter the MyKosher Kids Contest

Attention Kids

Do you have extra time ⏰ on your hands?
Have you been experimenting in the kitchen?
Are you looking for something fun to participate in?

My Kosher Kids Contest

We are very excited to announce the launch of our brand new cooking contest- just for kids

The MyKosher Kids Contest

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Enter for a chance to win some awesome prizes!


Click HERE to enter!

Q & A

How do I enter?
Submit a 2-minute video (maximum) of you being creative in the kitchen at It can be any recipe you want. Enter a recipe of your own, your grandmother's, a cookbook's, a magazine, or even better, a recipe!

How many times can I enter?
As many as you'd like

When are the dates of the contest?
Contest begins Monday, April 27th and ends Thursday, May 7th.

Can other people participate in the video with me?
Yes, you can do a video with your siblings but no parents allowed in the videos!

Who can enter?
Anyone up to age 15. Parents can help prepare behind the scenes but cannot appear in the video. The contest is limited to people living in the USA.

What are the prizes?
The Grand Prize will be a choice of a Moving Vehicle such as a Motorized kid car, electric Vespa, bicycle, hoverboard scooter, or Go-Kart.

We will also award prizes such as a Lego set, electric scooter, and a game table to...

  • Chief-in-Training for the most difficult dish made
  • Kitchen Genius for the most creative video
  • Fabulous Foodies ‍♂️ for the most unique

Learn more about the My Kosher Kids Contest HERE!

Kids, Time ⏱️ To Get Cooking! Good Luck!