Our Mission

Montclair State University

Montclair State University is a nationally recognized Research Doctoral University that empowers students, faculty, and researchers to exceed expectations and drive innovation. Montclair State University delivers the instructional and research resources of a large public university in a supportive, sophisticated, and diverse academic environment. Building on 114 years of distinguished history, Montclair State University today has ten colleges and schools that serve more than 21,000 undergraduate and graduate students with more than 200 doctoral, master’s, and baccalaureate degree programs.


PEAK Performances: Our Mission

  • Develops, produces, and presents world-class, accessible, engaging, relevant, live, professional performances.
  • Brings a broad range of performing artists from all artistic disciplines, and many places, cultures, styles, and periods to campus to share their art and their creative process with Montclair State University and surrounding communities.
  • Connects communities by bringing together our students, faculty, and staff with residents of Montclair Township, Essex, and Passaic Counties and beyond through the arts – as spectators, as learners, and as active participants.
  • Connects the arts and ideas.
  • Integrates this work into the academic life of the University to foster learning, participation, and creativity.
  • Supports the learning, engagement, and public service aspects of the College of the Arts at Montclair State University.  


Arts + Cultural Programming: Our Values

  • World-Class Art and Artists
  • Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging
  • Accessibility
  • Serving our Community
  • Radical Hospitality
  • Everyone is welcome here: from the most celebrated professional artist to those curious about their first-ever experience with the arts!


Arts + Cultural Programming: The Director

Wiley Hausam Director Arts and Cultural Programming Wiley Hausam, Director of Arts + Cultural Programming, joined Montclair State University in January 2023. Since 2002, he has been presenting a broad range of world-class artists and performances in such higher-education communities as New York University, Purchase College in Westchester County, New York, Stanford University, and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. During this period, he had the privilege of opening two beautiful new venues: The Skirball Center at NYU and Bing Concert Hall at Stanford.

Prior to this, from 1993 – 2000, he was one of the producers at The Public Theater in New York City and helped launch Joe’s Pub there, working with such artists as singers Audra McDonald, Ute Lemper, and composers Michael John LaChiusa, Adam Guettel, Jason Robert Brown, and Ricky Ian Gordon. During his time at The Public, he was an associate producer of four shows on Broadway, including Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk.

Before joining The Public, he was an artist’s representative for such distinguished theater artists as George C. Wolfe, Anna Deavere Smith, Suzan-Lori Parks, Doug Wright, LaChiusa, Jonathan Larson, Robert Falls, and many others.

He has been privileged to teach in universities since 2000 and edited The New American Musical for Theatre Communications Group (2003).

Hausam is delighted to play a role in bringing together artists, their art, and communities. He believes that the arts transform individual lives and entire communities.


Our Staff


Wiley Hausam
Taliyah Bethea
Marketing Assistant
Chrissy D’Aleo Fels
Community Liaison Manager
Patrick Flood @ Flood Design
Graphic Designer | Art Director
Martin Halo
Percy Cole Media
Website Development
Michael Landes
Membership Coordinator
Peg Schuler-Armstrong
General Manager
Camille Spaccavento
Marketing and Media Director
Michael Steele
Company Manager
Blake Zidell Associates
Media Representative

CART Performance Operations