Friday, January 16, 2009

ArtHouse Productions is Building a New Theatre in Jersey City

Art House Productions has been producing theatre and other kinds of performance/art in Jersey City for more than seven years now. It was founded by Executive Director Christine Goodman who oversees operations with Artistic Director Jack Halpin. I spoke with Jack recently about what's going on at Art House, and he had a great Good News story to relate.

It seems that about two years ago, they relocated to a brand new space. The community-minded folks at Exeter Properties (the Silverman Brothers--Eric & Paul) were renovating the old St. Francis Hospital (next to Hamilton Park in Jersey City). Their plan was to eventually build condos with a view of Manhattan. They offered the top floor of this building to Art House to create a new space there. And for the past many months, Jack and Christine and a host of volunteers have been doing just that.

One of the most exciting things about Art House's approach is how grassroots/volunteer-based it is. They are working with folks from their community to make their new home a reality. Jack told me that they've had people help them in their particular areas of expertise -- some work for days while others do what they can do for a half-hour. But all are leaving their stamp on this project.

Learn more about Art House Productions at their website. And if you're interested in volunteer opportunities to help build this new theatre, contact Jack.

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