Theatre History

The Garage Theatre Group believes in the power of theatre as a tool for growth, understanding & communication. Our aim is to use the process of theatre, as well as the product, to educate, inform, and connect the community in which we live.

The shows that comprise The Garage Theatre Group season are challenging as well as entertaining, reflecting our belief that theatre is an open dialogue between the playwright, performer and the audience. At the conclusion of each professional performance, a discussion with the cast, director and audience is held. By doing so, we hope to inspire and create a new generation of artists, theatre goers, and patrons.

The Garage Theatre Group was co-founded in 1993 by Michael Bias and Debbie Slevin as a “place for professional artists and youth artists to be able to grow and stretch”. For its first 10 years it performed in various venues in Bergen County. These venues included Cresskill High School, Dwight Morrow High School, Park Ridge High School and countless others. In 2003, the Garage Theatre group was recognized by The Bergen County Department of Parks Division of Cultural & Historic Affairs as Bergen County’s number one Arts Organization. That same year Fairleigh Dickinson University generously offered GTG a residency at The Becton Theatre.

During its first fourteen seasons, under Bias’s artistic direction, the GTG successfully realized its mission by producing 8 world premieres, and 6 New Jersey premieres. Plays first produced at the GTG are in development for off-Broadway productions, as well as regional productions across the United States.

Many noted playwrights have joined us in our post production discussions, including William Mastrosimone, David Shire, John Ford Noonan, and Ronald Ribman, Deb Margolin, and Lee Blessing.

Professional and Youth Theater in northern New Jersey