George Street Playhouse
Steven Darien, the CEO and chairman of Cabot Advisory Group in New Jersey, supports the arts. In addition to his work with Cabot, Steven Darien serves as the chairman of the board at the George Street Playhouse, a New Jersey arts organization.
The George Street Playhouse is moving to a new home, currently slated for completion in the fall of 2019. This new theatre was created in partnership with the City of New Brunswick, the New Brunswick Development Corporation, and several other groups. The theatre will break ground on the organization’s current theatre site in late 2017 and will be completed before the opening of the 2019-2020 season. It will feature two new stages, one for intimate engagements and one for large productions. Other amenities include new bathrooms, elevators to the balcony level, and a bar installation in the lobby.
While the new building is under construction, George Street Playhouse productions will move to the former New Jersey Museum of Agriculture in New Brunswick. Playhouse education programs will continue in both their year-round and Summer Academy formats during construction.
George Street Playhouse
The chairman and CEO of the Cabot Advisory Group, LLC, Steven M. Darien draws on over three decades of executive experience. Alongside his career, Steven M. Darien serves as the chairman of the board for the George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
The fall 2015 season at the George Street Playhouse consists of two shows. The first, titled Murder for Two, will open on October 6 and run through October 25. A humorous musical murder mystery, Murder for Two tells the story of Arthur Whitney, a novelist killed during a party held for his birthday. Two performers play the piano and bring the cast of 11 characters to life.
The playhouse’s second fall show, The Second Mrs. Wilson, will begin on November 10 and run through November 29. The Second Mrs. Wilson takes place in 1915 when a woman essentially became the first president of the United States, a woman named Edith Galt. When President Woodrow Wilson fell in love with Edith Galt, she became a significant figure in his life and in ruling the nation.
For more information about these shows and the George Street Playhouse, visit www.georgestreetplayhouse.org. The site also includes a link to the online box office for tickets.
Steven M. Darien serves as CEO and chair of the management committee of the Cabot Group, a New Jersey human resources consulting firm. He has a great deal of experience in the field, including decades with Merck & Co., Inc., and has been recognized by his peers in the field on several occasions for the quality of his contributions to the art of human resources management. A supporter of numerous educational and cultural organizations, Steven M. Darien sits on the Board of Trustees of Rutgers University and serves as chairman of the George Street Playhouse.
Originally opened in a former supermarket on George Street in New Brunswick, New Jersey, the George Street Playhouse today occupies the former site of the New Brunswick YMCA, also on George Street. The playhouse serves as the professional theatrical arm of the New Brunswick Cultural Center, presenting a mix of new and classic productions and supporting a touring theater that performs for academic audiences. These productions are oriented around timely issues and have recently addressed such topics as cyber-bullying, tolerance, and health and wellness.
Recent productions at the George Street Playhouse have included Getting’ the Band Back Together; Clever Little Lies; I Love, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti; and a revival of Our Town. The playhouse also hosts guest productions, such as West Side Story and Bollywood Dreams. In addition, the George Street Playhouse offers a comprehensive range of educational opportunities in classes grouped by age.
Based in Bridgewater, New Jersey, Steven M. Darien, the chairman and chief executive officer of the Cabot Advisory Group, LLC, collaborates with organizations on succession preparation, human resources software, and strategic planning. Outside of his work life, Steven M. Darien also serves industry groups and non-profits, such as the George Street Playhouse in Bridgewater.
In addition to a regular season, the George Street Playhouse sponsors the Summer Theatre Academy for ages 5-18. This encourages students’ natural talents of self-expression in an enjoyable, captivating situation. A 12:1 student-teacher ratio assures individual attention. At the end of each two- or four-week course, participants will present their work on the theatre’s main stage. Classes run from June 30-July 25.
In one class for five- to 8-year-olds, students will learn to use songs to tell stories and play theatrical games. Another group will develop a classic story into a play by creating costumes and offering ideas on set construction. Students aged 9 to 12 will enhance their musical talents as they produce The Wizard of Oz. Another troupe will practice collaborative skills as they rehearse a drama. Meanwhile, actors aged 13 to 18 will hone their stagecraft as they focus on improvisation and developing characters. The other 13-18 group will work with playwrights, choreographers, and composers to stage an original production.