Theatrical Writing Camp

JW Actors’ Studio, in association with Shadowland Productions, offers an immersive theatrical and writing camp for middle and high school students from Monday August 6, to Friday, August 17. The program will be run by Jody Wood, a professional actor for more than 25 years, with credits in film, television, and theater; and Kevin Fox, a professional writer who has worked in film and television and has written graphic novels. They will share the crafts of acting, writing, directing, and improvisation as well as the practical aspects of the business.

The students will create, improvise, write, and act in their own scenes and/or short plays over the course of two weeks. It begins with improvisational and brainstorming exercises to ignite creativity and develop ideas. At the end of the session each mini troupe will perform a work that they have written and directed.

Wood, the founder of JW Actors’ Studio based in Forrestal Village, has worked as a public speaking coach and professional team building workshop director. Contact JW Actors’ Studio at 609-466-1432 or E-mail; or Shadowland Productions at 732-939-8221 or E-mail


Somerset Valley Players has auditions for “The Little Mermaid” on Monday and Tuesday, May 7 and 8, at 7 p.m., at 689 Amwell Road, Hillsborough. Needed are two Adult males, ages 25 plus; two adult females, ages 25 plus; 10 boys and 10 girls, ages 10 plus. Bring 16 bars of music for a vocal audition. An accompanist will be provided. Visit or call 908-369-7469.

NJ Arts Day 2012

ArtPride New Jersey is hosting NJ Arts Day 2012 at the War Memorial in Trenton on Thursday, May 10, from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The day begins with the release of data from the “2011 NJ Visual and Performing Arts Survey,” a mandatory school-by-school study conducted by the NJ Department of Education to create a 360-degree view of arts education in New Jersey schools as well as measure any changes since the first survey was conducted five years ago.

The annual membership meeting includes the election of new officers and trustees. Staff from the Citizens Campaign, a Metuchen based group that works to cultivate a culture of service and develop a new generation of leaders, will conduct a leadership training session for attendees. The keynote address will be delivered by Janet Brown, executive director of Grantmakers in the Arts, the only national association of private and public funders making grants to artists and arts organizations in America. A reception for members and the 32nd annual New Jersey Governor’s awards in arts education, honoring New Jersey students and educators for outstanding achievement in the arts, round out the activities.

Distinguished Arts Advocate awards will be presented to Thomas H. Kean Jr. (NJ Senator, District 21), and Matthew W. Milam (NJ Assemblyman, District 1). Kean serves as an ex officio member of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and Milam serves as chairman of the New Jersey Assembly Tourism & the Arts Committee. “We are proud to honor these two distinguished New Jersey legislators who have promoted the value of arts and culture not only within their respective districts, but throughout our State,” says Mark Packer, president of ArtPride New Jersey. “They understand how important the arts are to New Jersey’s quality of life and deserve to be honored for their leadership.”

Admission is free for most of the day. There is a fee for lunch and reception. For details and to register visit

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