Skip to main content Skip to footer site map

John J. Wooten News

 
John J. Wooten Headshot
BWW Review: YEAR ONE Now at Premiere Stages is a Gripping, Thought-Provoking Drama Photo BWW Review: YEAR ONE Now at Premiere Stages is a Gripping, Thought-Provoking Drama
by Marina Kennedy - Sep 14, 2021

Live theatre is back and Premiere Stages is opening their season with a moving production of the new play, Year One. Set in the early 1930’s in Germany, the show portrays stark divergences in political ideologies within a family during a time of great societal change.

Premiere Stages' YEAR ONE opens this weekend Photo Premiere Stages' YEAR ONE opens this weekend
by Stephi Wild - Sep 10, 2021

Selected as a finalist from the 2020/21 Premiere Play Festival, Year One will feature actors Kate Kearney-Patch, Kevin Loreque, Kaitlyn Lunardi, Kathy McCafferty and Eric Phelps. John J. Wooten, producing artistic director of Premiere Stages, directs.

Premiere Stages At Kean University Seeks Submissions To Annual Play Festival Photo Premiere Stages At Kean University Seeks Submissions To Annual Play Festival
by A.A. Cristi - Aug 31, 2021

Premiere Stages, the professional theatre company in residence at Kean University, is accepting submissions for the 17th annual Premiere Play Festival beginning Wednesday, September 1. 

Casting Announced for Premiere Stages' YEAR ONE Photo Casting Announced for Premiere Stages' YEAR ONE
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 24, 2021

Premiere Stages at Kean University will present Erik Gernand’s Year One September 9-26 in Kean University’s Bauer Boucher Theatre Center (Vaughn Eames Hall, 1000 Morris Avenue, Union, N.J.).

New Jersey Theatre Alliance Awarded Grant Through New Jersey State Council On The Art Photo New Jersey Theatre Alliance Awarded Grant Through New Jersey State Council On The Arts
by Stephi Wild - Aug 4, 2021

For the first time in over a decade, the NJSCA budget was increased by 60%. As stated by the Council, $35.6 million in grants were awarded to support more than 700 arts organizations, projects, and artists throughout the state.

Premiere Stages At Kean University Announces Return To In-Person Performances This Fa Photo Premiere Stages At Kean University Announces Return To In-Person Performances This Fall
by A.A. Cristi - Aug 3, 2021

Premiere Stages at Kean University has announced its return to in-person, indoor performances, with a full production in the Bauer Boucher Theatre Center in September and a staged reading in the Liberty Hall Academic Center in October.

Premiere Stages at Kean University Presents Three-Day Outdoor Family Series Photo Premiere Stages at Kean University Presents Three-Day Outdoor Family Series
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 12, 2021

Premiere Stages at Kean University will present three days of family entertainment outside on the Lawn at Enlow Hall on Kean University’s East Campus in Hillside, New Jersey. The Family Series kicks off on Saturday, July 17, 2021 and takes place on three consecutive weekends.

Premiere Stages At Kean University Presents PLAYS BY PEOPLE Photo Premiere Stages At Kean University Presents PLAYS BY PEOPLE
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 9, 2021

Premiere Stages in partnership with Matheny Arts Access and the New Jersey Theatre Alliance, will present Plays by People on Saturday, March 27 at 4 p.m. EST on Zoom.

Premiere Stages At Kean University Announces Readings Of Premiere Play Festival Final Photo Premiere Stages At Kean University Announces Readings Of Premiere Play Festival Finalists
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 3, 2021

Premiere Stages has announced public readings of three of the 2020 Play Festival Finalists, which had been postponed in 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Premiere Stages At Kean University Announces 2021 Bauer Boucher Playwriting Award Win Photo Premiere Stages At Kean University Announces 2021 Bauer Boucher Playwriting Award Winners
by Stephi Wild - Jan 12, 2021

Premiere Stages, the professional theatre company in residence at Kean University, has named current Kean University student Lucien Edme (Class of '21) and alumnus Megan Hoche (Class of '08, '10 ) as the winners of the 2021 Bauer Boucher Playwriting Awards, named for longtime donors W. John Bauer and Nancy Boucher.

 Photo
by Marina Kennedy - Dec 29, 2020

It's a Wrap ‚Ä" NJ ENTERTAINMENT in 2020 Photo It's a Wrap ‚Ä" NJ ENTERTAINMENT in 2020
by Marina Kennedy - Dec 28, 2020

Broadwayworld New Jersey has kept their readers in the know in 2020. We are proud to have continued our interviews, reviews, and performance announcements including all the ones that have been streaming. Check out some of the articles that our team has made possible. We all look forward to great entertainment in 2021.

BWW Interview:  Artistic Director, John J. Wooten of Premiere Stages and FANNIE LOU H Photo BWW Interview: Artistic Director, John J. Wooten of Premiere Stages and FANNIE LOU HAMER, SPEAK ON IT! From 10/15 to 10/18
by Marina Kennedy - Oct 8, 2020

Premiere Stages in Union, under the artistic direction of John J. Wooten, will present an outdoor production of the one-woman show, Fannie Lou Hamer, Speak On It! The show will be performed from 10/15 to 10/18 at The Tent at The Liberty Hall Museum.

Premiere Stages Returns To Live Programming With Cheryl L. West's FANNIE LOU HAMER, S Photo Premiere Stages Returns To Live Programming With Cheryl L. West's FANNIE LOU HAMER, SPEAK ON IT!
by Stephi Wild - Sep 23, 2020

Premiere Stages at Kean University will present Cheryl L. West's new play Fannie Lou Hamer, Speak On It!, directed by Marshall Jones III, at the outdoor tent at Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University in Union, New Jersey, October 15-18, 2020.

Premiere Stages to Present Screenings of Rohina Malik's UNVEILED Photo Premiere Stages to Present Screenings of Rohina Malik's UNVEILED
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 30, 2020

Premiere Stages will present two screenings of Rohina Malik's critically-acclaimed solo show Unveiled via Zoom webinar on Wednesday, July 8. In this incredibly topical one-woman show, Ms. Malik plays five Muslim women navigating complex social issues in a post 9/11 world.

Submissions Now Open For The Premiere Stages 2021/2022 Liberty Live Commission Photo Submissions Now Open For The Premiere Stages 2021/2022 Liberty Live Commission
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 16, 2020

Premiere Stages, the professional theatre in residence at Kean University, will start accepting submissions on Monday, June 15, 2020 for the 2021/2022 Liberty Live Commission, a biennial commissioning program for New Jersey playwrights in partnership with Kean's Liberty Hall Museum.

Premiere Stages Offers Innovative Virtual Programming Focused on the Immigrant Experi Photo Premiere Stages Offers Innovative Virtual Programming Focused on the Immigrant Experience
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 8, 2020

Premiere Stages has announced a schedule of virtual programming that celebrates the contributions of immigrants to America and champions their stories.

Premiere Stages at Kean University Announces Virtual Summer Camps Photo Premiere Stages at Kean University Announces Virtual Summer Camps
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 22, 2020

Premiere Stages, the professional theatre company in residence at Kean University, has announced that Camp Premiere, the annual summer theatre program for middle school and high school students, will be moved online this summer.

Premiere Stages Announces The Premiere Senior Endeavor Awards Photo Premiere Stages Announces The Premiere Senior Endeavor Awards
by Stephi Wild - Mar 31, 2020

Premiere Stages, the professional theatre company in residence at Kean University, has announced a new initiative a?" The Premiere Senior Endeavor Awards.

Premiere Stages At Kean University To Combat Pandemic With The Power Of The Pen Photo Premiere Stages At Kean University To Combat Pandemic With The Power Of The Pen
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 31, 2020

Premiere Stages, the professional theatre company in residence at Kean University, has announced a new initiative a?" The Premiere Senior Endeavor Awards- a new playwriting competition for New Jersey based writers that offers cash awards and benefits in three categories. The project will be part of the 2020 Premiere Play Festival- Premiere Stages' acclaimed new play development program that provides readings, workshops and full productions to regional playwrights as part of each season.

 1        5