Michael T. Mooney has devoted his life to the performing arts, having been involved as performer, writer, director, and administrator. Coming to Paper Mill Playhouse in 1994 from The Growing Stage Theatre in Netcong, New Jersey, he first served in the fundraising department and then became involved in the theatre's accessibility programming, eventually assuming full responsibility for the theatre's nationally recognized Access programs and services. In 2001, he was appointed Manager of Outreach and Access Programs, a position he designed himself. Mr. Mooney has led community drives for the Victims of 9-11, Jersey Cares, New Eyes for the Needy, The Make-A-Wish Foundation, Lainie's Angels, First Book NJ, Tsunami Relief, The American Red Cross, and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. In addition to his Access responsibilities, he also directed Paper Mill's Senior Players Workshop, managed the award-winning Adopt-a-School Project and has been both instructor and adjudicator for their STAR program. He is a founding member of LEAD and served on the board of directors for The Fund for the New Jersey Blind, The Audio-Description Coalition of America (ADC), The New Jersey Cultural Access Network, and The New Jersey Theatre Alliance. For five years, he studied directing and writing for theatre-in-the-round with England's Sir Alan Ayckbourn and has staged more than 60 productions of plays and musicals in Northern New Jersey, including the American premieres of four of Sir Alan's plays. Michael is the proud recipient of the 2008 New Jersey Governor's Award for Arts Education and the 2003 Ann Klein Advocate Award for his work with senior citizens and people with disabilities. Easter Seals New Jersey named him one of their "Miracle Workers" of 2008. He lives in Neptune, New Jersey, having also lived in Central Florida and London, England.
Ayckbourn's plays have proven to have worldwide appeal, and naturally New Jersey is no exception. Although sandwiched between busy theatrical hubs New York City and Philadelphia, the New Jersey has substantially contributed to Ayckbourn's popularity with numerous productions throughout the Garden State.BWW Feature: THE GARDEN STATE LOVES LUCY! February 24, 2019
Had Lucy's family stayed in Trenton, history might have been very different, but the Garden State stayed peripherally involved the Queen of Comedy's life and work.BWW Review: KILLALOT: AN IVY MEADOWS MYSTERY December 4, 2018
It's hard to imagine a better location for a production of RAGTIME than Deal, New Jersey. The predominantly Jewish community is adjacent to the largely African American population of Asbury Park (a city known for 'New Music') and connected by the millionaire mansions of Ocean Avenue: RAGTIME in microcosm.BWW Review: THE PHANTOM OF OZ by Cindy Brown February 7, 2018
The Chester Theatre Group is proud to present the New Jersey premiere of SHOWS FOR DAYS by Douglas Carter Beane. The troupe is kicking off their jubilee year with this celebration of the joys (and sorrows) of community theatre.BWW Review: IVY GET YOUR GUN by Cindy Brown May 15, 2017
In 2016 playwright Sir Alan Ayckbourn premiered his 80th play – that's more than double the output of England's most famous dramatist, William Shakespeare. But that number only represents his major plays.BWW Review: One Man Show SIZE MATTERS Now on DVD November 25, 2016
SIZE MATTERS starring Raymond McAnally and directed by Joel Wilson runs 66 minutes and is distributed by Mountain Mack Productions LLC and is now available from Amazon.comBWW Review: OLIVER TWISTED by Cindy Brown June 20, 2016
PETER AND THE STARCATCHER is a bit of a homecoming for 'Jersey boy' Tim Hackney, who plays the role of Mrs. Bumbrake in the hit comedy. We caught up with the actor on the road to talk about his upcoming pit stop in the Garden State.BWW Reviews: MACDEATH by Cindy Brown February 2, 2015
Ask a theater lover what kind of music they like, and they will invariable say Sondheim or Andrew Lloyd Webber. Ask what they do for fun, and the answer will usually involve tickets to a play. Anyone who recognizes themselves as 'born in a trunk' will want to add Cindy Brown's new mystery novel, MACDEATH, to their reading list. As the title suggests, the light-hearted mystery thriller takes on the venerable Scottish play and the superstitions surrounding the time-worn tragedy. The book is billed as an 'Ivy Meadows Mystery' - the first of a series. Ivy is something akin to a modern day Nancy Drew - an eager young actress turned sleuth in modern-day Phoenix, Arizona.BWW Reviews: EBENEZER at Resorts Casino Hotel December 16, 2014
You may wonder why the Ocean Professional Theatre Company's holiday offering EBENEZER is being presented in an Atlantic City casino showroom. This charming 350-seat theatre is one of the oldest performance spaces in Atlantic City, dating back to 1912. The Screening Room is a jewel box setting in which to present one of the holiday's most enduring classics. This sort of family-driven entertainment is exactly what Atlantic City sorely needs at the moment.BWW Reviews: THE WIZARD OF OZ at Surflight Theatre December 2, 2014
This December the national tour of SISTER ACT THE MUSICAL is coming to the Garden State with stops in New Brunswick and Morristown. First up, the show will play the historic State Theatre in New Brunswick for three performances on December 12th and 13th. The SISTERs then swing back through New Jersey to perform at the Mayo Center for the Performing Arts in Morristown on January 31st and February 1st.