Two River Theater announces Howard Aronson Metro Scholars program


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originally published: 11/19/2021

(RED BANK, NJ) – Two River Theater received a generous $ 30,000 challenge grant from the Aronson, Tenenbaum and Kean families to establish the Howard Aronson Metro Scholars theater education program. A campaign to support the program over the next three years will be launched on Tuesday, November 30 (a global day of giving the Tuesday following Thanksgiving). All donations made to this campaign over the next three years will be matched by this challenge grant of up to $ 30,000, allowing donations to go twice as much.

Howard Aronson was a longtime friend and member of the Board of Directors of Two River Theater who passed away in January 2021. Two River is pleased to commemorate his legacy by naming one of their long-standing and treasured educational programs to his honor. Theater education programs meant a lot to Howard, especially those that provided students with an intimate mentoring experience with theater. Howard is certainly missed and Two River is delighted to have his legacy commemorated in this meaningful way.

“Howard Aronson was a hilarious, smart, well-dressed man who truly believed in the educational programs at Two River Theater,” said Director of Education Kate Cordaro. “And the Metro Scholars program has a lasting impact on our students year after year. We are delighted to honor Howard in this way and are very grateful to the Aronson, Tenenbaum and Kean families for their generous gift.

Two River Theater announces Howard Aronson Metro Scholars program

Each year, the Howard Aronson Metro Scholars Program provides a unique opportunity for approximately 10-15 high school students from across New Jersey to learn more about professional theater and contribute to Two River’s work. In addition to seeing all of our season’s shows for free, Metro Fellows organize workshops and masterclasses with professional artists and assist staff from various departments in the organization. This program attracts students with a deep interest in theater and the performing arts; Aspiring actors, directors, directors, designers, stage crews, playwrights, producers and more all have something to learn from this program. Since 2005, a total of 189 students from across New Jersey have completed the Metro Scholars program. Over the next three years, we plan to significantly expand the Metro Scholars program and serve more students by expanding the program to include ambassadors and volunteer opportunities for high school students to work with Two River in an exciting way.

The Two River Theater season 2021/22 sponsor is Hackensack Meridian Health Riverview Medical Center.

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Two River Theater is supported in part by public support through the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Private support includes Bank of America, Mary Owen Borden Foundation, Denholtz Properties, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Helen Clay Frick Foundation, The Merrill G. and Emita E. Hastings Foundation, Horizon Foundation of New Jersey, Investors Foundation, Jewish Communal Fund, Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, Manasquan Bank Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The William T. Morris Foundation, OceanFirst Foundation, PNC Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, The John Ben Snow Memorial Trust, The Stone Foundation of New Jersey, Visiting Nurse Association Health Group, Zager Fuchs, PC, and many other generous foundations, corporations and individuals.

Two Rivers Theater produces a theatrical season that includes American and world classics, new plays and musicals, youth programs and festivals of new works. Each year, we also offer over 40 events that reflect our diverse community of Red Bank, New Jersey. Two River produces works on two stages: the 350-seat Rechnitz Theater and the 110-seat Marion Huber Flexible Theater. The theater’s recently opened Center for Work, Education and Design is a three-story facility that includes two rehearsal studios, artist labs, classrooms, expanded stores and centrally located offices.

Two River Theater has commissioned and created original projects including Be cooler by Tony Award nominees Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz (the theater’s first Broadway production) and Hurricane Diane by playwright in residence Madeleine George (who won an Obie Award for her Off-Broadway run). In June 2019, Two River was nationally recognized by USA TODAY as one of the “10 Great Places to See a Play” across the United States. Region. Two River Theater is directed by Artistic Director John Dias and General Manager Michael Hurst.

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