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Vanguard Theater Announces Grants from NJSCA and Tee Rico by Lin Manuel Miranda

originally published: 08/11/2018

Vanguard Theater Announces Grants from NJSCA and Tee Rico by Lin Manuel Miranda

(MONTCLAIR, NJ) -- Vanguard Theater Company has announced the award of a significant grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts for Vanguard’s educational program, DREAM VTC.  In addition, Vanguard announced that Tee Rico by Lin Manuel Miranda has become the main sponsor of Vanguard’s 2018-19 season.  

The New Jersey State Council on the Arts’ (NJSCA) grant gives project support for DREAM VTC, an educational program that teaches theater skills to teens of diverse backgrounds, while focusing on significant social issues. Students engage in a 6-month experience mirroring professional practice and touring sites serving populations without traditional access to the arts.

In its 2018 pilot program, Vanguard’s Junior division performed “Children’s Letters to God” at the Barrow Group Studio Theater, while the Senior division performed “Two Gentlemen of Verona, the Rock Musical” at the West End Theatre, both in NYC. DREAM VTC then performed selections at Nassan’s Place, an autism after school program, and the Actor’s Fund’s Lillian Booth senior care facility in Englewood.

“This grant means that we can greatly expand our touring possibilities and reach even more populations that have difficulty accessing live theater. We are so proud that we will be able to say; made possible by funds from the New Jersey State Counsel on the Arts in our DREAM VTC programs!” said Lynn Irby, Principal, South Orange Middle School and VTC Board President.

Lin Manuel Miranda TeeRico is Miranda’s officially-licensed merchandise site, where every design benefits a cause and/or a creative artist.   Lin-Manuel Miranda is an American composer, lyricist, playwright, and actor best known for creating and starring in the Broadway musicals Hamilton and In the Heights.



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Miranda founded TeeRico to direct awareness to and raise money for causes about which he cares deeply, such as raising money for hurricane relief in Puerto Rico, and Broadway Cares, Equity Fights Aids, after the Orlando massacre.  Vanguard's mission is to develop and produce transformational theater with an emphasis on D.R.E.A.M. - diversity, reciprocity, education, awareness and mentorship.  So TeeRico is a perfect fit - no pun intended.

"We are so grateful that TeeRico by Lin-Manuel Miranda renewed its sponsorship of Vanguard.  They were incredibly generous to us last year. To have them come back and double their award amount for our upcoming season is a huge ratification of the work we are doing to tell important stories and bring communities together through theater,” said Janeece Freeman Clark, VTC Co-founder and Artistic Director.

Vanguard Theater Company (VTC), founded in 2015, addresses the lack of diversity in traditional theater casting and training. VTC produces original and reimagined theater driven by D.R.E.A.M: Diversity, Reciprocity, Education, Awareness and Mentorship. VTC’s MainStage productions, educational programs, collaborations with e.g., Montclair Film, NJ Pride, and Everytown for Gun Safety, engage varied communities in the performing arts and social issues. Vanguard Theater Company's year-round programming is made possible through generous support from TeeRico by Lin-Manuel Miranda; The New York Community Trust; Seton Hall University; Investors Bank, and many individual donors. 





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Saturday, Feb 23, 2019


MUSIC

ADDED COLOR @ The Saint, Asbury Park - 9:30pm

COUNTESS & FRIENDS @ Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), Englewood - 8:00pm

Dean Ford & The Beautiful Ones @ The Levoy Theatre, Millville - 8:00pm


JACKIE EVANCHO: AN EVENING WITH THE NEW AMERICAN SONGBOOK @ Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC), Morristown - 8:00pm

JOHN MELLENCAMP @ State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick - 8:00pm

NJMEA Concert Band @ Prudential Hall @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Newark - 3:00pm


THE GREEN PLANET BAND at THOMAS SWEET CAFE! @ THOMAS SWEET CAFE, Skillman - 7:00pm


Michael McDermott @ Lizzie Rose Music Room, Tuckerton - 7:30pm

TOSCA @ The Presbyterian Church of Westfield, Westfield - 7:00pm







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Mamma Mia! @ CDC Theatre, Cranford - 8:00pm

An Enemy Of The People @ Centenary Stage Company - Sitnik Theater of the Lackland Center, Hackettstown - 8:00pm

Steel Magnolias @ Algonquin Arts Theatre, Manasquan - 8:00pm

Intimate Apparel @ Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts, Maplewood - 8:00pm

The Meeting @ Middletown Arts Center, Middletown - 3:00pm and 8:00pm

My Very Own British Invasion @ Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn - 1:30pm and 8:00pm

Little Girl Blue: The Nina Simone Musical @ George Street Playhouse, New Brunswick - 2:00pm and 8:00pm

Fun Home @ Wallace Theater at Lewis Arts Complex, Princeton - 8:00pm

The Sound of Music @ Count Basie Center For The Arts, Red Bank - 2:00pm and 7:30pm

Theo @ Marion Huber Theater @ Two River Theater, Red Bank - 8:00pm

Psychodrama @ Oakes Center, Summit - 8:00pm

Cornerstone Playhouse Presents Almost, Maine @ Cornerstone Playhouse, Sussex - 7:30pm

A Midsummer Night's Dream @ Kean University Wilkins Theatre, Union - 2:00pm and 8:00pm

Cinderella or the Story of Bigfoot @ Studio Playhouse Upper Montclair, Upper Montclair - 1:30pm and 3:30pm

Roan at The Gates @ Luna Stage, West Orange - 8:00pm


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Tom Papa @ Victoria Theater @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Newark - 8:00pm


FILM

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