Arts + Cultural Programming

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Mission Statement

  • To provide important performing artists the unconditional opportunity to take risks and to create work across multiple disciplines.
  • To present work by contemporary artists of all fields of the performing arts in the highest professional capacity available.
  • To integrate fully that work into the academic life of the university in multiple ways to foster learning, participation, and creativity.
  • To maintain The Alexander Kasser Theater as a state of the performing arts facility and therefore superbly responsive to distinctive artistic impulses.
  • To maximize the value to the University of having its public arts programming positioned as innovative and daring.
    ACP’s overarching premise is to sustain its role as a leader in the advocacy of contemporary artists in this country by producing and presenting their works at Montclair State University, and in doing so to ensure that work of exemplary artists is seen at venues worldwide.

    Integral to this mission is the need to encourage audiences to become more adventurous and open to new artistic experiences. Since its inception, the Peak Performances series has set out to challenge and rethink the way independent theaters operate and to create a bold new model for presenters in the Garden state.

    ACP is embedded in a public university campus setting and is committed to engaging more than 21,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Under the ACP umbrella, PEAK Performances is a leading model nationally for innovative producing and presenting.


    Peak Performances

    Under the artistic direction of ACP’s Executive Director, Jedediah Wheeler, PEAK Performances has achieved international recognition for presenting and producing innovative works in dance, music theater and opera. With a celebrated emphasis on interdisciplinary work, PEAK has hosted 110 World and American Premieres since 2005. Notable among the artists whose work has been seen on the Alexander Kasser Theater stage are Richard Alston, David Rousseve, Bill T Jones, Camille A. Brown, Wayne MacGregor, Robyn Orlin, Romeo Castellucci, Crystal Pite, Liz Gerring, Faye Driscoll, Angelica Liddell, Jan Fabre, Emma Dante and Pam Tanowitz.
    Robert Wilson conceived and directed The Life of Clementine Hunter for the Kasser stage and has also directed Samuel Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape with himself in the title role. Writer, director, designer and choreographer David Gordon revived his production of Robert Brustein’s seminal musical, Schlemiel the First.

    PEAK commissions work notably Dog Days by David T. Little and Royce Vavrek, Spinning by Maya Beiser, Julia Wolfe and Laurie Olinder, Leonora and Alejandro by Stacy Klein for Double Edge Theater and My Coma Dreams by Fred Hersch. Companies making their American debuts include Gandini Juggling (UK), Via Katlehong (South Africa), Inbal Oshman (Israel), Charlotte Vincent (UK) and Raphaelle Boitel (France).

    By bringing together artists of uncommon imagination with diverse audiences of adventuresome spirit, PEAK promotes a greater appreciation of human possibility.

    Office of Arts + Cultural Programming Team

    Jedediah Wheeler
    Jedediah Wheeler | Executive Director
    J. Ryan Graves
    J. Ryan Graves | Director of Production
    Camille Spaccavento
    Camille Spaccavento | Marketing & Media Director
    Robert Hermida
    Robert Hermida | Audience Services Director
    Colin Van Horn
    Colin Van Horn | Technical Director
    Andrew Dickerson
    Andrew Dickerson | Production Coordinator
    Laurel Brolly
    Laurel Brolly | Business Administrator
    Jedediah Wheeler | Executive Director
    J. Ryan Graves | Director of Production
    Laurel Brolly | Business Administrator

    Camille Spaccavento | Marketing & Media Director
    Patrick Flood @ Flood Design | Art Director
    Blake Zidell Associates | Media Representative
    Percy Cole Media | Website
    Claudia La Rocco | PEAK Journal Editor
    Maya Siguenza | Student Assistant, Administration and Marketing

    Colin Van Horn | Technical Director
    Andrew Dickerson | Production Coordinator
    Kevin Johnson | Senior Production Engineer
    Jake Stepansky | Company Liaison
    Marc Critelli, Daniel Mackle,
    Aiden Mitchell, Kimberly O’Loughlin,
    David Vandervliet
    | Production Crew

    Robert Hermida | Audience Services Director
    Jeff Lambert Wingfield | Box Office Manager
    Maureen Grimaldi | House Manager
    William Collins | Assistant House Manager
    Jacob Batory, Tony Jordan, Shannon Mulraney,
    Martin Pyda | Box Office Lead Associates
    Susan R. Case | Program Copy Editor
    Bart Solenthaler | Program Layout Design




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    Theater Tech Specs

    Montclair State University is located on Valley Rd. and Normal Ave. in Montclair, NJ; directly by the University’s main entrance on Normal Avenue. Hourly paid parking is available at the Red Hawk Deck next to the theater.

    Technical Specifications
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    Rehearsal Room, Lobby, & Stage Plans

    Seating Capacity

    Permanent Seating Capacity is 463.
    The Kasser has:
    Orchestra Seats: 288
    Mezzanine Seats: 175
    Presidential: 36
    Orchestra Pit Cover Seats: 35

    Usual Seating Capacity: 463
    Add Presidential Seating: 499
    Add Pit Cover and Presidential: 534

    **Additional Standing Room Capacity is available for some engagements.

    Technical Contacts

    Production Coordinator:
    Andrew Dickerson
    O: 973-655-3189
    Mailing Address:
    Alexander Kasser Theater
    Montclair State University
    1 Normal Ave
    Montclair, NJ 07043


    Traveling Directions

    Below you will find directions to the Kasser Theater from all points by car. If you are utilizing GPS to visit us, please use the following information when entering directions into your GPS: Enter 22 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07043. This will take you to the entrance of the campus. Turn right off of Normal Ave. on to campus, the Kasser Theater and Red Hawk parking deck will be directly in front of you.