Premiere Stages Artists Series Features Leading Design Professionals

UNION, N.J. – Premiere Stages, the professional theatre celebrating seven seasons in residence at Kean University announces the 2011 Premiere Artists Series. A panel featuring award-winning sound designers Tom Clark and Brett Moore will lead a symposium on Tuesday, April 5th at 3:15pm in the University Center Little Theatre, 1000 Morris Avenue, Union, NJ. Premiere Stages invites students and the public to attend an in depth conversation of design technology and careers in sound design and engineering.

The panelists’ expertise encompasses work at a broad range of theaters on Broadway, off -Broadway, internationally and in nationally leading regional theatres. Tom Clark has been a sound designer for 30 years and is the founder of Acme Sound Partners, a prominent theatrical sound design company, currently on Broadway with Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Lombardi and The Addams Family. In addition to classical music and various live performance events, other designs include the Broadway and / or national tours of Fences, Hair and 2008 Tony Award-winning Best Musical In The Heights. Internationally, Acme designed the 2011 Olivier Award Best New Musical winner Legally Blonde, as well as Spamalot, The Drowsy Chaperone & Avenue Q in London, and South Korean and South African productions of Dreamgirls.

Brett Moore has been the resident sound engineer for the Tony Award-Winning Papermill Playhouse in Milburn, NJ since 2009, where he has helmed the sound board for productions from the current A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum to 1776 to The Importance of Being Earnest. His has worked at Utah Shakespearean Festival, Utah Musical Theater, Riverside Theater in Vero Beach and the Barrington Theater Company.

The Premiere Artists Series is offered in collaboration with Kean University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts and brings world-class theatre professionals to engage students and the campus community in uniquely tailored master classes, lectures, and residency programs. These events provide excellent networking opportunities and often lead to internships, assistantships, and employment in the field. Past visiting artists who have participated in the Premiere Artists Series include Woodie King, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Norbert Leo Butz, Olympia Dukakis, John Lee Beatty, Rick Sordelet, Kim Zimmer and Lee Blessing.

Premiere Stages is made possible in part through funding from The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Kean’s Quality First Initiative, The Westfield Foundation, The Gleason Family Foundation, The Provident Bank Foundation, and through the generous support of individual patrons.

Admission and parking for the Premiere Artists Series is free. Please email or call 908-737-4092 for more information and to reserve tickets. Reservations are recommended. Premiere Stages offers affordable prices, air-conditioned facilities and free parking close to the theatre. Premiere Stages provides free or discounted tickets to patrons with disabilities. All Premiere Stages facilities are fully accessible spaces. Please call for a list of sign-interpreted, audio-described or open-captioned performances. Assistive listening devices and large print programs are available at all times. Publications are available with advanced notice in alternate formats.

Paul Whelihan
March 30, 2011

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