On July 1st, the Actors Shakespeare Company’s partnership with New Jersey City University will come to an end. The actor-driven classical company will revert back to its original name, the Actors Shakespeare Company, upon leaving the University.

“I’m proud of the work that Actors Shakespeare Company has done while a program of NJCU and grateful to the staff and faculty of the University who have supported our efforts to bring dynamic theatre to the West Side,” said Colin Ryan, Actors Shakespeare Company’s current Artistic Director.

Founded in 2000 in Hoboken, by a group of New York and New Jersey based actors, the professional, Actors Equity Association-affiliated Actors Shakespeare Company began collaborating with NJCU in 2005. In 2008, ASC became NJCU’s theatrical company in residence, making NJCU the fourth institution of higher education in New Jersey to be affiliated with a professional company. Since that time, the company has produced 15 main stage productions, numerous readings and workshops, a film series, and an acclaimed educational outreach program at several Jersey City schools.

“While I am saddened that ASC is leaving NJCU, I know I speak for the entire company when I say that crucial to our success since 2005 were the support and encouragement of Dr. Joanne Bruno, Vice President of Academic Affairs,” said Michael Basile, a Professor of English at NJCU and chairman of the Board of Advisors of ASC. “The cultural life of the university I love was immeasurably enriched by ASC’s presence on campus, as many of my students and colleagues will attest. Now that the partnership is ending, the feeling of loss will be tangible. But past is prologue. A new future awaits.”

“As ASC moves on to other opportunities, we retain our belief that Shakespeare and other classic stories belong to everyone and are an essential part of a rich cultural community,” said Ryan.  Company members are actively searching for a new performance space and seeking ways to raise funds in hopes of mounting another full scale production.

In the meantime, the present focus of the Actors Shakespeare Company is transitioning out of New Jersey City University. That means finding permanent storage for their award-winning costumes and set pieces as well as reorganizing a new leadership team. On June 30th, both Ryan and ASC general manager Jennifer America will leave their positions. “Colin Ryan and Jennifer America have both done exemplary service during these difficult times,” says ASC Resident Artist and Transition Leader, James Rana, “we wish them success on their future endeavors. They will be greatly missed.”

Updates on the company’s progress will be posted on their website:


News & Reviews

Click on the links below to read articles about the Actors Shakespeare Company

Review "Macbeth" @ Actors Shakespeare Company
NJ Arts Maven
March 19, 2012

Review "Christmas with Dickens and Dylan" @ Actors Shakespeare Company
NJ Arts Maven
December 16, 2011

'Christmas with Dickens and Dylan' review -
by Peter Filichia/For The Star-Ledger
December 16, 2011

Review "Logomaniacs" @ Actors Shakespeare Company
NJ Arts Maven
December 17, 2010

'Logomaniacs' review: words star in engaging new play -
by Peter Filichia/For The Star-Ledger
December 15, 2010

Review: The Kid From Paris: Jean Brassard Sings Montand
at the Actors Shakespeare Company in Jersey City
NJ Arts Maven
September 11, 2010

Jersey City's Fall Theater Season Begins This Weekend
Jersey City Independent - Sept. 9th, 2010

Review of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" - The Gothic Times
The Official Student Newspaper of New Jersey City University
The ASC Production was in Fact a Dream
April 15, 2010

Review of "The Jewish King Lear"- The Jewish State
The Newspaper for Central New Jersey's Jewish Communities
High drama at B'nai Jacob of Jersey City
March 13, 2009

GDUSA - American Web Design Award (Inaugural)
2009 - Actors Shakespeare Company at NJCU

The inaugural competition generated hundreds of entries from across the United States, including websites, enewsletters, blogs and banners. Companies ranged from independent design firms to ad agencies to corporate and non-profit inhouse departments. Of the hundreds of entries, sixty were selected as winners representing a highly selective 40 individual companies and organizations. We're proud to announce that Susan Newman, who is on our Board of Advisors, won a design award for this website.
To see all the winners: GDUSA

Actors Shakespeare Company at NJCU designs 10' x 4' banner to hang in Hoboken Terminal to promote Henry V, opening March 19, 2009. To see photos of the banner click here.

CASID - Banner raising event for Everything Jersey City Festival
March 25, 2009. The festival is coming to Jersey City on May 16, 2009 and Actors Shakespeare Company at NJCU will be performing.
Read the press release

The Star Ledger (
Shakespearean troupe soldiers on, with great success
March 23, 2009

The Star Ledger
Liza Skinner stars as a swashbuckler in "The Three Musketeers"
November 2008

The Star Ledger
"Jersey City troupers stage Bard works under roof and sky "
June 2007

The Jersey Journal /
"A Summer for Lovers of Shakespeare "
May 2007

The Hudson Reporter
"'Hamlet': JC company takes on the Bard! "
March 2006

The Shakespeare Bulletin
"Hamlet" review
March 2006

The Hudson Reporter
"'Henry V' The Actors Shakespeare Company conjures the Bard! "
November 2005

The Shakespeare Bulletin
"Romeo & Juliet" review
Fall 2005

New Jersey City University News
"NJCU and Actors Shakespeare Company Establish Collaborative Partnership"
May 2005

The Hudson Reporter
"A Touch of Traditional Theater"
April 2005

The Asbury Park Press
"Shakespeare Ensemble Makes Plays Accessible"
March 2005

The New York Times
"Students Hurl Insults, With a Nod to the Bard"
March 2004

The New York Times
"Jersey Footlights"
February 2004

The Star Ledger
"On Bard"
August 2003

The Weehawken Reporter
"Bringing Shakespeare to the Classrooms - Hoboken Theater Group Helps Students Learn More About 'The Bard of Avon'"
February 2003

New England Entertainment Digest
"The Actors Shakespeare Company Puts Hoboken on the Theatrical Map"
August 2002

Hudson Current
"Young Shakespeare: Hoboken Teen Max Kelly Acts From the Heart"
August 2002

The Jersey Journal
"Shakespeare Performance to Benefit Hoboken Sept. 11th Memorial Fund"
March 2002

New Jersey Arts and Entertainment Magazine
"A Midsommer Night's Dream"
April / May 2001


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