The Garage Theatre Group Inc

Rating: 4.8 stars   25 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 161 Newcomb Rd Tenafly NJ 07670 USA

Mission: The Garage Theatre Group believes in the power of theatre as a tool for growth, understanding, and communication. Our aim is to use the process of theatre, as well as the product, to educate, inform, and connect the communi ty in which we live. The shows that comprise The Garage theatre Group season are challenging as well as entertaining, reflecting our belief that theatre is an open dialogue between the playwright, the performer, and the audience. At the conclusion of each Main Stage performance, a discussion with the cast, director, and audience is held. By doing so, we hope to inspire and create a new generation of artists, theatregoers, and patrons.
Geographic areas served: Northern New Jersey
2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 22-3227995
201-569-7710
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

Give it a cosmetic makeover.

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

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

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.

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?

2010-1-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I've always loved the theater. When my son developed his love for it also I was overjoyed. Through the Garage Theater he had the chance to develop his passion through their exceptional Youth Conservatory Program and I had the wonderful opportunity to watch him grow through the musicals he was in and also to attend Garage's entertaining and moving equity shows which, director Michael Bias produces in this intimate theater. My son is now off to college pursuing his passion. A passion which he would never have realized if it wasn't for Michael and his wonderful theater. I still attend the adult and youth shows to this day. Don't let this gem of Bergen County slip by you. Go see a Garage Show today.

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

wonderful people that I am friends with to this day. People who love the arts and want to support it.

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

and would not have to worry about raising money and instead be 100% focused on providing great theater to our community, maybe in thier own little theater.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

The Garage Theatre Group is an outstanding regional theatre company in northern New Jersey. As a matter of fact, it's the only professional theatre in Bergen County. They produce unique plays and world premieres that challenge the mind and stimulate thought-provoking discussions. I've served as a volunteer usher and attended their plays for several years. I've always been entertained and frequently enlightened by their superb productions. They also produce an excellent SoloFest during the winter, which allows individual performers the opportunity to showcase their one-person plays. Overall, my experiences with the Garage Theatre Group have been extremely positive.

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

The productions, the talk-backs, and the camaraderie that I've developed with the staff and the Artistic Director.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

What a great experience for our daughters, and for us for that matter. Nothing like working with professionals to be introduced to the theatre profession. Excellent mentors, excellent set building experience. What a great experience all together. If you want to introduce you children to this field, you can't do any better than with the Garage Theatre and Michael Bias.

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

find them a better/newer space to work in.

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

Technical experience in setting up lighting, sound and sets.

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

professional, patient and knowledgeable.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to work with this group.

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

Money.

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-6-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

Garage brings Great theater to Bergen county. Lots of innovative programs for adults and the Garage Youth program seems to be in a open curtain for kids to learn the theater.

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

the diversity of shows and the casting.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

 
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