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October 10, 2013

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October 10, 2013

This is a wonderful theater group that runs an outstanding youth theater arts program as well as provides the community with affordable professional theater. Their teaching staff produces very professional youth theater productions and attracts the very best young talent in Northern New Jersey. I have seen troubled youth thrive and grow with the training and encouragement provided.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Not change anything but provide them with enough money to continue and enable them to orovide more scholarships for needy youth.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

October 10, 2013

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October 10, 2013

High school is hell. At least it was for me. Most days I didn't want to go to school because high school girls are a different, horrible species. I didn't think I was ugly, or fat, I wasn't self conscious. I had my close group of friends. But everyone else didn't get me. I always a distinct personality that isn't the norm in high school so I became bitter and violent because I felt I had to make myself this way to deal with the bullying. My wit and sharp mindedness that fuels my humor and is the center of my persona was mutated to the point where I could put anyone down on a dime. I even graduated a year early to get out off the mess. But I never would have had the motivation to do that without Garage. With Michael Bias at the helm I found my niche and talent in theatre. I found people I relate to and felt comfortable enough to let down my thick, thorny walls. Michael knows how to bring out the best in people and unlock potential. With Garage inspiring my confidence, I graduated high school a year early and beginning college when I was just 17. As soon as I was out if that toxic environment I started enjoying myself and pursuing my theatrical passion. I am now 26, and have been working consistently on the professional theatre level in NYC for 6 years. Who knows where I would have been without Garage. Probably wearing booty shorts working the Hog Heaven BBQ with all the other "cool" kids from my high school. I can't wait for the opportunity to give back in any way I can to this wonderful organization.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Hire more staff!! More help is always needed.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

October 8, 2013

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October 8, 2013

The Garage Theatre Group is celebrating 20 years!!!!!! That says it all in a nutshell!!!!

I have had the pleasure of attending sooooo many shows and one was better then the next.

So many kids then and now young adults,
have continued to be a part of this great Theatre
group ,whether acting or even behind the scenes.

Michael Bias.... cudos to you!!!!!

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

October 8, 2013

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October 8, 2013

I am proud to say that I have been associated with this company from its beginning. My husband is the artistic director and has directed, produced or acted in 3 professional shows a year and three youth conservatory shows each year. He teaches classes to all students of all ages and has incorporated classes for individuals with Asperger's Syndrome. The company has engaged in community efforts to bring the arts into the schools and accessible to all who are interested in participating through grants and scholarships. Over the years he has coached countless individuals on their monologues for entry into the college of their choice. On the professional side he has brought theater that is thought provoking and challenging, ending each and every performance with a talk back session that provides insight into the writer. actor and directors point of view.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give it a cosmetic makeover.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

February 25, 2010

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February 25, 2010

As a theatre critic for North Jersey Media started to review plays and was impressed with both the quality of productions and the interesting and challenging plays they chose to produce. Soon discovered that Artistic Director , Michael Bias and I, have similar artistic sensibilities and we established a professional relationship and I now both direct and act for the Garage Theatre Group.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Working on superior scripts, with first rate, professional actors, designers and tech staff. With these people, I get to make meaningful theatre that's garnered criticalcal praise in "The Star Ledger", "Talkin' Broadway", "Irish Echo", etc. etc.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Schedule a six or eight play season, do large cast classic and original plays and maybe build a repertory company

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 24, 2010

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February 24, 2010

I both performed and took classes at The Garage from eighth grade until I graduated from high school. After graduating and after completed four years at NYU for drama I was honored to perform my one woman show at the Solofest. Both performing in shows and taking Michael Bias's classes were instrumental parts of my development as an artist and as a young adult. Michael's classes encouraged me to respect theatre and view acting it as a craft. What began as a hobby soon turned into a passion that I knew I would pursue throughout my life. Class was a time to learn and ask questions, a safe place to try new things without fear of failing or looking silly. Without these classes, I don't think I would have fallen in love with theatre. Performing in the Garage shows was THE highlight of my high school years! Often times in conversation with other alumni we say that these were the best years of our life! Through these shows I gained confidence and courage. I found a community, a family really, who shared my dedication to theatre. At the Garage, no one feels like an outsider. I made best friends at the Garage that I will have for life. In summary, I highly recommend participating in the Garage Theatre Group!!!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

as a student and performer

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006

February 24, 2010

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February 24, 2010

My experience with GTG has been rich, rewarding, and reflective. Rich, in the way only live theater can provide; rewarding, as the parent of a child who, through involvement with the Youth Conservatory, has seen first hand and up close the nurturing and thriving of creative growth; and reflective with consistent offerings of plays that challenge the theatergoer long after the curtain has closed by way of provocative substance and creative presentation. While the theater suffers aesthetically with age - ripped my stockings on my seat while getting up - the performances trump! The Youth Conservatory is amazing under Michael Bias and his staff. Unlike other 'performing arts programs' Michael allows each student to find and nurture their creative bliss. Students are not limited to simply acting in the theater, but rather, are encouraged to explore all the avenues of the theater experience with an interesting hands-off approach which mentors, not meddles.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Watching the creative growth of the students in the Youth Conservatory.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Can the word "amazing" be overused? I am awed by the dedication and the way the staff

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 23, 2010

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February 23, 2010

Garage Theatre is the best kept secret in Bergen County! NYC-style theatre, right in our own back yard. Great staging, great actors, great productions, great direction, shows you can't see anywhere else, a terrific youth program - all in all about the best entertainment value out there. Don't just take my word for it - go see for yourself!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the terrific shows it puts on

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

get them more money!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the variety and depth of quality that Michael Bias brings together

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very real and dedicated people

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

build its own Broadway-quality theatre

Ways to make it better...

they had a facility that was more worthy of the quality of their talent

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

lack of visibility within the community and lack a more appropriate venue for showcasing their talent

One thing I'd also say is that...

you can't beat the value for the entertainment dollar

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 22, 2010

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February 22, 2010

My husband and I were looking for local entertainment on a wintry Sunday afternoon and decided to check out the Garage Theater's production of Enigma Variations. We've been raving about it to friends ever since. The play was totally absorbing as the plot unfolded with one surprise after another; the professional actors, onstage alone for almost two hours without intermission, gave wonderful performances. Thank you. We wish you a long and successful life.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing a top level production without having to cross a river or pay a big parking fee

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

cordial and welcoming

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

do more advertising;have its own home with an artful lobby environment where artists could exhibit and bring in new people; offer grants for a competition to which playwrights could submit new plays; give two tickets monthly to a randomly selected person

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 21, 2010

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February 21, 2010

I'm a member of the Garage family. I performed in their Youth Conservatory and Summer Camp productions from the time I was 10 years old until age 18, when only leaving for college could take me away. The artistic experience Garage provides for children and adolescents is without equal: educational classes provide fundamental theatrical building blocks that can then be applied in rehearsals for productions. Garage provides seasoned professionals that act as teachers and mentors at every step of the process. Just as importantly as the theatrical experience of Garage, though, the atmosphere is truly phenomenal. As Chelsea (another reviewer on this page) wrote, the friendships made in Garage last a lifetime. Although most of us have since gone off to (or graduated from) college, my Garage friends are some of my closest friends and confidants to this day. As one example, Chelsea and I are actually friends from our Garage days (we were both in the shows she included pictures from!). The fact that Chelsea and I are both currently seniors in college but still feel strongly enough to come years later and share our feelings and experiences regarding Garage I think speaks volumes about the impact it can have on one's life. Looking forward, the people I've met through Garage will undoubtedly be an invaluable network of support and advice as I forge my way into the real world after graduating from college this June. To put it succinctly, as anyone who's been a part of GTG knows, "There's always a home for you at the Garage."

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

difficult to sum up. Garage is a huge part of who I am today.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006

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