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  

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.

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

Hire more staff!! More help is always needed.

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

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

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!

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

the terrific shows it puts on

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

get them more money!

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?

2009-12-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

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.

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?

2010-2-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Our family has been part of the "Garage Theatre family" for many years. Our daughter has attended their fine summer program for several summers. In fact, our family vacations are planned around our daughter being able to attend both summer sessions. Each summer our daughter has learned and thrived in a caring, nurturing and supportive environment. She is also able to appreciate the "arts" by attending a weekly Broadway preformance. What an amazing opportunity! Our family also benefits from attending many fine preformances throughout the year that are available to the community. The Garage Theatre offers so much and enriches the lives of those who share in all they offer.

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

share on a larger scale what if has to offer!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

The productions at this little theatre are top notch! There is a tangible feeling of community from the moment you enter the theatre, and being able to access a show up close, and participate in a talk-back with the actors and creators after the performance, makes this theatre experience outstanding! I would definitely come back and recommend this theatre group to others!

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

attending multiple theatre performances from both their adult and youth groups - all were fantastic and very well received by the audiences!

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

How dedicated they are to serving the community and staying true to the power of local theatre to a community

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

Helpful, passionate, and dedicated! Fantastic people!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Our 10 year old attended the GTG Youth Conservatory summer program and performed in 2 musicals. GTG is supported by dedicated and creative professionals and hard-working volunteers. Our daughter learned skills that will last her a lifetime. It was a great experience for our whole family, and we're looking forward to participating again.

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

supportive, hard-working, creative, and professional.

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

build itself a big, brand-new theater, fill it with award-winning talent and sold-out audiences every night, and give back to the community in countless ways!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-3-01

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

Although my experience with Garage has so far only consisted of weekly acting classes and one unforgettable summer camp experience, I can say that this organization/company has helped me in so many ways. Out of all the acting/theatre companies I have had experience with, this is the only theater company that seems to truly care about their clients getting their money's worth, which is to say, they really do care about their students learning what acting is TRULY about. I capitalized 'truly' because this company is very serious about what they hope to teach their students. They don't just simply hand out empty encouragement to a student who is truly not grasping a certain concept about acting of performing in general. They're honest. Michael Bias, founder, is such an inspiration. With his wacky, laid-back, and honest persona, he can make anyone of any age feel comfortable, unless of course, he's trying to get one out of his/her comfort zone (in acting). He's not just a teacher; he's a great friend (if you want him to be, that is). The Garage Theatre Group is super frumious! ;D

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

eccentric. They're great company as well as serious about their work.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

Last Sunday once again the Garage Theatre group provided an enjoyable afternoon at a reasonable cost. The presentation of the Enigma Variations was thought provoking and presentation inovative. The actors did a stellar job in what could otherwise be just "talking heads". Sometimes the audience is ahead of the story, but the story includes some interesting & surprising twists. Seating of the audience on both sides of the stage was interesting. Discussion after the performance is always enjoyable - a positive addition. Recommend this to anyone looking for good theatre & I'm looking forward to attending more of this type of theatre in the future.

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

friendly and helpful.

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

do more of exactly what they're doing - maybe year round.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I grew up going to the Garage Theatre Group as a child and it was always the most creative outlet in my life. The people here are serious about what they do. The staff take their art seriously, but also provide an environment for children to flourish and have fun doing it. Some of my most enduring life-long friends were made at the Garage. Now that i'm older, I'm a patron of the Garage Theatre Groups professional theatre. This theatre consistently puts on the most innovative and thought provoking shows in the whole tri-state area. I find myself looking forward to which show is next at the garage more than what shows are new to Broadway!

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

every aspect of my life. They made me the person I am and provide me with amazing theatre on a regular basis

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

wish they had the budget to put on more shows every year.

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

learning.. both as a student and as an audience member

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

sophisticated and extremely well educated.

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

continue doing what they're doing!!

Ways to make it better...

there were more shows in a year to see!

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

budget concerns. I think they could use more donations for their operating budget.

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

 
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