Mason Gross and George Street Playhouse Collaborate on Our Town

Steven M. Darien is a business professional with many decades of experience. Prior to beginning his career, he graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in economics. In addition to his current professional responsibilities, Steven M. Darien serves as the board chairman of the George Street Playhouse of New Brunswick, New Jersey.

In effort that will invigorate the local arts community, theater students from Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts will collaborate with actors from the George Street Playhouse on a staging of “Our Town,” the renowned play by Thornton Wilder. The production will be directed by David Esbjornson, who chairs the school’s theater department, and will be presented by a cast of 24 actors that will include students, professionals, and others from the university and local community.

The show, scheduled from April 22nd to May 24th, will close George Street Playhouse’s next season, which marks its 40th anniversary. Though the university’s theater program and the playhouse are both prominent figures in the local performing arts scene, the production of “Our Town” marks their first collaboration. David Saint, George Street Playhouse’s artistic director, credits Esbjornson’s wide-ranging experience in professional theater and their long-standing friendship for the emergence of the new partnership.

Recent News from Rutgers University, By Steven M. Darien

A team of researchers led by Rutgers neuroscientist Elizabeth Torres has developed a method to determine whether a child’s early developmental trajectory is typical or atypical. By measuring body movement fluctuations in kids, the researchers were able to record the exact degree to which body patterns differed from typically developing children. This pioneering method may be used in early diagnoses of autism spectrum disorder.

Wendell E. Pritchett, Rutgers-Camden Chancellor, has been voted President of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities. The alliance aids in community building and advancement for member universities located in those areas.

A professor and economist from Rutgers’ School of Planning and Public Policy, Joseph J. Seneca, has released a report on the source of tax revenues in New Jersey and the distribution of aid dollars by county and region throughout the state. The report is titled “Fiscal Flows in New Jersey: A Spatial Analysis of Major State Taxes and State Aid Programs.”

On November 10, 2012, Rutgers Business School will host its first biopharmaceutical case competition. Teams from 11 business schools compete for cash prizes and recognition by the industry’s leading companies.

About the Author:

Steven M. Darien is a proud alumnus of Rutgers University. A member of the class of 1963, Mr. Darien was President of Alpha Epsilon Pi and belonged to the Honor Economics Society. He is currently Chairman and CEO of the Cabot Advisory Group in New Jersey. Mr. Darien serves on the Board of Overseers and as a Trustee for his alma mater.

An Overview of Organizational Design

As CEO of the Cabot Advisory Group LLC, Steven M. Darien relies on his background in human resources, management, and consulting to offer management advice on issues such as employee communications, HR technology, and organizational design.

Organizational design is the process of setting up a company to reflect and meet its mission. While deciding the right design, companies must consider the relationship between work, workflow, and authority in order to ensure that processes work toward the goals of the company. The better the organizational design, the better the output of the company. There are several design structures. For example, in a functional structure, each department has its own purpose that is clearly distinct from the other departments. Another design is divisional structure, in which the organization is divided into independent sub-units. In deciding which design is right, the company must also take into account its strategy, size, environment, and incentives.

The right organizational design can make a company much more efficient and productive. Consider contacting a consultant such as Steven M. Darien to learn more about organizational design.

The NAHR-Promoting Excellence and Advancing the HR Profession

Steven M. Darien, chief executive officer and chairman at Cabot Advisory Group, LLC, provides advice about human resources management to various organizations. With more than 30 years of experience in providing consulting services, Steven M. Darien has been a part of several organizations. Among them, he is a fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources.

Since 1992, the National Academy of Human Resources (NAHR) has been committed to promoting excellence and advancement among industry professionals. The NAHR recognizes professionals for their achievements within the field by electing individuals to become fellows. The NAHR has only 148 fellows, making it one of the highest honors an HR professional can receive. High-achieving groups are also recognized by the academy as Honored Institutions/Organizations.

Through charitable and educational activities and programs, the NAHR advances the field and furthers the education of its members. Through its Chief Human Resource Officer (CHRO) Academy, the National Academy of Human Resources invites the top leaders in the field to connect and work together toward the advancement of the profession. With the help of its many programs and its fellows, the National Academy of Human Resources continues advancing and promoting the profession.

GSP-Promoting Theater and Helping Young Actors Grow

As chairman and chief executive officer at Cabot Advisory Group, LLC, Steven M. Darien has been providing strategic human resources management and business planning help to organizations for more than 30 years. In addition to supporting various companies, Steven M. Darien is supportive of his community and the George Street Playhouse.

Founded in 1974, the George Street Playhouse has been committed to using theater productions to enrich people’s lives. Recognized around the United States for its high-quality productions, the George Street Playhouse provides an outlet for new actors to learn and grow. With its touring productions, more than 60,000 students across the tristate area see the shows each year. Through its educational programs, workshops, and classes, the GSP builds the self-esteem of young actors and teaches them how theater arts can improve their lives.

The George Street Playhouse’s educational programs include on-site classes and workshops, in addition to the Educational Touring Theatre. Through its touring productions, the GSP spreads and promotes tolerance and anti-bullying. The theater’s classes and workshops provide quality learning experiences and support young actors in every step of their learning. The GSP is run by volunteers, employees, and interns who are dedicated to theater. With the help of donations and funds from various theater and art organizations, the GSP continues its theater productions and educational efforts.

Economist? Who Studies Economics? by Steven Darien

When I attended Rutgers University to major in economics, I had friends that wondered why I would want to study the stock market. They believed that was what economics was all about. Little did they know that the field of economics encompassed so much more than stocks. The American Economics Association defines it as the study of how people choose to use resources. More than that, economics is the study of people, and their well-being in regards to how they use resources.


I use my economics degree every day in human resource management. Though the Cabot Advisory Group, I help companies with organizational design, employee communication, and strategic planning. While working as the head of Human Resources for Merck & Co., I used my skills and understanding of how people thought, worked, interacted, and what made them motivated. Economics helped me to become a strategist in organizational planning and structuring.


A perfect example of the study of economics was a task force requested by President Reagan to search out government inefficiency and financial waste. The task force was called the Grace Commission, and after two years of digging around in government processes, we compiled a 47-volume report, totally more than 21,000 pages. The reports explained the inefficient process and offered more than 2,400 recommendations on how to fix them. What may be even more interesting than the reports themselves, was the fact that Congress largely ignored the warnings and recommendations presented in them.


Steven Darien is a guest lecturer at the Harvard, Columbia, and UCLA schools of business. Darien has also been featured in Fortune magazine and profiled by Harvard Business School.

A Brief Overview of Somerset Medical Center

A longtime resident of New Jersey, Steven Darien contributes to several nonprofit organizations and charitable causes in the region. Utilizing his vast knowledge of board relations and human resources, he currently participates on the Human Resource Board at the Somerset Medical Center in Somerville, New Jersey.

An affiliate of The Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey’s Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Somerset Medical Center provides emergency and surgical care to residents in central New Jersey. Recognized as a leading medical facility in the area, the Somerset Medical Center holds national accreditation from the Joint Commission, licensure from the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, and belongs to the American Hospital Association. The center offers a full array of patient-centered services, ranging from family medicine and diagnostic services to emergency care and surgical services.

Somerset Medical Center maintains more than 350 beds and a staff of 650 medical professionals in a wide variety of fields, including dentistry, cardiology, and oncology. The facility underwent a significant renovation in the mid 2000s, resulting in the creation of the Steeplechase Cancer Center, a $25 million addition to the Somerset Medical Center campus. This state-of-the-art facility features a new inpatient oncology center, an upgraded emergency department, and improved surgical suites.

As a leader in medical innovation, the facility also supports The Joint Surgery Institute and the Institute for Robotic Surgery. In addition, Somerset Medical Center recently invested $10 million in an effort to modernize its computer systems, earning the facility recognition by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine and Thomas Reuters.