Vanguard pivots and reinvents to survive COVID-19

Vanguard pivots and reinvents to survive COVID-19

MONTCLAIR, NJ — On March 1, and in what feels like a different world, Vanguard Theater Company entered into a three-year lease for a theater space at 180 Bloomfield Ave. in Montclair, and was poised to launch its signature Broadway Buddy program, classes and announce its upcoming season, all dedicated to DREAM — diversity, reciprocity, […]

Vanguard to present ‘For the Love of Charlie Brown’ at Montclair Art Museum

Vanguard to present ‘For the Love of Charlie Brown’ at Montclair Art Museum

MONTCLAIR, NJ — Students from Montclair, South Orange, West Orange, Newark and other towns in Essex County will present “For the Love of Charlie Brown” at the Montclair Art Museum this weekend. The musical features all of the beloved “Peanuts” characters and songs from “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” “Snoopy” and various Peanuts television […]

A conversation with Jeremy O. Harris, author of ‘Slave Play’

A conversation with Jeremy O. Harris, author of ‘Slave Play’

MONTCLAIR, NJ — Vanguard Theater Company will partner with Montclair Film to present a conversation with acclaimed playwright Jeremy O. Harris, author of the Broadway sensation “Slave Play,” as he discusses the art of writing, the power of representation and the works that have made him one of the theater’s most electrifying voices. This event […]

WO students to perform in Vanguard’s ‘Spring Awakening’

WO students to perform in Vanguard’s ‘Spring Awakening’

NEW YORK CITY — Vanguard Theater Company will present “Spring Awakening” for four performances only from Jan. 17 through 19 at the American Theater for Actors, 314 W 54th St. in New York City. The show includes many local young actors, including Joe and Maria Nalieth, two West Orange High School students. “Spring Awakening” is […]

Payne commends Vanguard in the House of Representatives

MONTCLAIR, NJ — On Dec. 5, U.S. Rep. Donald Payne Jr. read of a commendation of Vanguard Theater Company into the record of the House of Representatives. Payne said the following of Vanguard: “I rise today to honor a small group of artists with big dreams: Vanguard Theater Company. The company began … with one […]

Essex County receives many grants for the arts

Essex County receives many grants for the arts

TRENTON, NJ — The New Jersey State Council on the Arts recently awarded more than $15.7 million in grant funding to support 700 arts organizations, projects and artists throughout the state. “It is an honor to lead a department that invests in the people of New Jersey in such diverse and meaningful ways,” Secretary of […]

Vanguard presents ‘Runaways’ at the American Theater for Actors

NEW YORK CITY — Vanguard Theater Company, based in Maplewood, will present “Runaways,” by Elizabeth Swados, for four performances only on January 18 through 20 at the American Theater for Actors, 314 W 54th St., New York City. “Runaways” is a musical collage about the hopes, dreams, fears, frustrations, loneliness, humor and anger of young […]

Broadway stars, community leaders to attend Vanguard gala on Nov. 3

MONTCLAIR, NJ — Vanguard Theater Company will celebrate its mission of DREAM — diversity, reciprocity, education, awareness and mentorship — with TeeRico by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Montclair Film, GrassROOTS Community Foundation, First Congregational Church and Nassan’s Place at a gala on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. at The Loft, 8 Lackawanna Plaza in Montclair. This […]

Vanguard to present ‘Lion King Experience’

MONTCLAIR, NJ — Vanguard Theater Company recently announced an all-star team of instructors for “The Lion King Experience,” including workshops in African drumming, dance and mask-making. Beginning rehearsal on Sunday, Sept. 30, at the Montclair Cooperative School, Vanguard’s workshop seeks to bring its DREAM mission of diversity, reciprocity, education, awareness and mentorship to young students […]