Each spring, STANJ has the privilege to select two outstanding individuals to receive the Distinguished Service to Theatre Education Award and Distinguished Theater Educator Award.
These awards are presented as part of the New Jersey Governor’s Awards in Arts Education. This event co-sponsored with the New Jersey Arts Education Partnership, the Department of Education, Art Pride New Jersey Foundation, the Department of State and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts is held in Trenton.
-The nominee must be a member of STANJ
-The nomination must be filed by the last Saturday in January.
To nominate an deserving individual for the upcoming awards, please submit this application.
Outstanding Theatre Educator
2017 Chuck Miller, Teacher of Theatre, Pinelands Regional High School
2016 Danielle Miller, Teacher of Theatre, Hoboken
2015 Maurice Moran, Professor of Theatre, Monmouth University, West Long Branch
2014 Ellen Barri Weinstein, Theatre Director and Teacher, Vernon Township High School
2012 Gina Priano-Keyser, Director of Theatre, Chatham Middle School
2011 Sandra VanDyke, Teacher of Theatre, West Orange High School
2010 Kimberly Jonny, Teacher of Theatre, Westfield High School
2008 Valerie Gargus, Teacher, Northern Burlington County Regional High School
2007 Patrice Thornton, Drama, Speech and English Teacher, Middletown High School North
2004 Sylvia Abdelsalam, Teacher of Theatre, Butler High School
2003 George Dearani, Teacher of Theatre, Rosa L. Parks School of Fine & Performing Arts, Patterson.
2000 George Dearani, Teacher of Theatre, Rosa L. Parks School of Fine & Performing Arts, Patterson.
1986 Sylvia Abdel, Teacher of Theatre, Butler High School (from Governor T. Kean, founder of the Governor’s Award)
Distinguished Service to Theatre Education
2017 Jim Jack, George Street Playhouse
2016 Carol Thompson, Rutgers University
2015 William August Hanisch, Retired Principal – Butler High School, Butler
2014 Jason Goldstein, Performing Arts Producer and Entertainment Entrepreneur
2013 Carmine Tambone, Executive Director, Educational Arts Team, Jersey City
2012 Rachel Evans, Theatre Education Coordinator, Kean University
2011 Cynthia Meryl, President/Artistic Director, New Jersey Youth Theatre, Westfield
2010 Lisa Cooney, Director of Education, Paper Milll Playhouse
2009 James DeVivo, Director of Education, Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey
2008 Michael Mooney, Manager of Outreach and Access Programs, Paper Mill Playhouse
2007 Ruth Fost, Executive/Artistic Director, Pushcart Players, Verona