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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.