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Kean University

Premiere Stages is committed to serving the cultural needs of northern and central New Jersey through the development and production of high-quality Equity theatre premieres, professional development and educational initiatives for the local and campus communities, and the support and cultivation of emerging playwrights and theatre artists. As the professional theatre company in residence at Kean University, Premiere Stages actively engages and enhances the specialized training programs at Kean, while embracing and serving a culturally diverse audience, underserved local youth, and a broad pool of gifted regionally-based artists.

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Current Shows

Student Opportunities

Premiere Stages works with the Kean University Theatre Conservatory and Kean Stage to create first-class, professional opportunities for all students at Kean University. Non-theatre majors can participate and apply for all of these opportunities.


Guest artists teach carefully crafted masterclasses and participate in interactive question-and-answer sessions with Kean University students and members of the campus community.

A group of Kean University students posing with Lynn Nottage during a masterclass


Premiere Stages offers internships for college students and recent graduates who have an interest in pursuing a career in theatre. Former interns have gone on to graduate programs and professional theatre careers.

A group of interns on the set of Brick City.

Bauer Boucher Playwriting Award

The Bauer Boucher Playwriting Awards recognizes the work of one Kean student each year. The Bauer Boucher Awards support Kean University writers with enhanced visibility, dramaturgical feedback, a cash award, and the opportunity to hear their plays read out loud by an ensemble of professional actors.

A young woman accepting an award from Art Director, John Wooten on the right
Bauer Boucher Playwriting Award

“Without organizations like Premiere Stages, new playwrights who bring fresh perspectives and ideas to the art form would rarely have their work see the light of day - much less get an opportunity to have fully staged, Equity production ...”

Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation