Opening Right Stories

It Takes a Village to Open Right!
Meet the theatre lovers and theatre makers who are ready to get back to live performances. They’re each taking the pledge to safely bring back New Jersey theatre.

David & Everett

Theatre lovers from central New Jersey

As frequent and enthusiastic audience members at many theatres in the state, David and Everett are taking the pledge because they can’t wait to get back to live theatre with their friends and family.

Nikkole Salter

North Jersey playwright, actor, and arts advocate

Nikkole’s work has been seen in New Jersey, on Broadway, off-Broadway, and on television. She is also the chair of the board of Theatre Communications Group, where she advocates for theatre on a national level.

Alyssa Sileo

Student, playwright, and activist from Central and South Jersey

Alyssa has made the best of digital theatre during COVID, but misses the feeling of community that forms during in-person rehearsals.

Andrew Binger

Director and actor from North Jersey

Andrew is the artistic director of Yendor Theatre Company in Newark. He has spent the pandemic reflecting and re-evaluating, to ensure that his theatre comes back stronger than ever.

Dusty Ballard

Teaching Artist, Director, and Podcaster from North Jersey

Dustin was part of the Education Re-opening SubCommittee for New Jersey Theatre Alliance, and is excited and ready to return to teaching and directing with safety center stage.

Eunice Wong

Actor and Audiobook Narrator from Central New Jersey

Eunice knows that returning to live performance will be an emotional experience. She’s spent the pandemic focused on audio work, but can’t wait for that moment when she’s back with a live audience.

Patricia Barksdale

An avid theatre-goer and busy financial professional from North Jersey.

Patricia loves making a glamorous evening out of her theatre-going. She wants to return to show her support to New Jersey’s artists and let them know how much they were missed.

Rupa Patel

Theatre lover and Director of Client Management from Central New Jersey

Rupa loves feeling like she is part of a live theatre experience, and always leaves feeling transformed. She is ready to return to live theatre to experience great art with the larger community.