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Paper Mill Playhouse declares Jen Bender as New Affiliate Creative Director – New Jersey Stage



initially printed: 10/04/2022

Paper Mill Playhouse announces Jen Bender as New Associate Artistic Director

(MILBURN, NJ) — Paper Mill Playhouse has introduced that Jen Bender (Broadway’s The Lion King, The Wedding ceremony Singer, Avenue Q) will be a part of the corporate as Affiliate Creative Director, following longtime Affiliate Creative Director Patrick Parker, who stepped down on September 30, 2022 after 27 years on the put up. Bender labored beforehand with Paper Mill Playhouse as Affiliate Director of Honeymoon in Vegas (2013) and as a part of the industrial manufacturing crew for The Sting (2018). 

“Jen brings huge and assorted expertise to this place, and I’m very excited to have her assist us form the inventive way forward for our beloved theatre,” states Producing Creative Director Mark S. Hoebee.

Coming into this place, Bender shares, “For 20 years I’ve liked going to Millburn to see exhibits at Paper Mill. It’s at all times been one in every of my favourite theaters. They’re equally enthusiastic about producing classics and new work, that are my passions, too. I’m thrilled to be becoming a member of their inventive household.”

Bender joins Paper Mill Playhouse immediately from her position as a member of the musical theater college at New York College’s Steinhardt Faculty of Tradition, Schooling, and Human Improvement. Beforehand, Bender was Senior Vice President of Manufacturing and Improvement at The Araca Group in New York Metropolis. Previous to that, she served because the Director of Programming and Artist Companies for the New York Musical Pageant (NYMF), and as Resident Director for the Broadway productions of The Lion King and Avenue Q. She was the Assistant Creative Director for Cirque du Soleil’s Ovo for productions within the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Australia, Taiwan, and Japan. Impressed by her work with The Lion King, Jen co-founded and served because the Creative Director of Broadway in South Africa, main a program that introduced Broadway artists to work with youngsters in want by means of quite a lot of arts disciplines in townships throughout South Africa. She’s been a visitor trainer on the Michigan State College, the BFA program at Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre, Camp Broadway, The Broadway Expertise, The Artist’s Crossing, Usdan Heart for the Inventive and Performing Arts, and served as Interim Schooling Director on the Winery Theatre.

Jen Bender will step into her new position in time for Paper Mill Playhouse’s manufacturing of The Sound of Music, taking part in on the mainstage from December 2, 2022 by means of January 1, 2023.


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Paper Mill Playhouse, recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony Award, is a nationally famend not-for-profit theater underneath the course of Mark S. Hoebee (Producing Creative Director) and Michael Stotts (Managing Director). A beloved New Jersey arts establishment since 1938, Paper Mill creates and produces groundbreaking new musicals and reimagined classics. A number of productions have gone on to Broadway and launched nationwide excursions, together with Disney’s Newsies, Honeymoon in Vegas, Les Misérables, A Bronx Story, and Bandstand. The theater can also be the house to an award-winning middle for musical theater schooling and artist coaching, with outreach applications that affect 1000’s of scholars annually. As one of many nation’s premier musical theaters, Paper Mill fosters a inventive setting to advance the artwork kind, educate college students, develop future theater lovers, nurture inclusion, and supply entry for all. We acknowledge that our theater stands on the normal land of the Lenni-Lenape, and we honor the Indigenous individuals who inhabited it for 1000’s of years earlier than European settlers arrived.

Paper Mill Playhouse applications are made attainable, partially, by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a associate company of the Nationwide Endowment for the Arts. Paper Mill Playhouse is a member of the Nationwide Alliance for Musical Theatre, the Council of Inventory Theatres, and the New Jersey Theatre Alliance.

PHOTO: Jen Bender © Michael Kushner 

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