Announcing Our 25th Anniversary Expansion Project

The Center for New Work, Education and Design

Two River’s home for great American theater is expanding! 


We are pleased to announce that, as we approach our landmark 25th Anniversary Season in 2018/2019, we will soon break ground on an addition to our theater that will provide much-needed space to support our ambitious activities and operational needs. Our new, state-of-the-art Center for New Work, Education and Production Design will commemorate our stellar 25-year history and propel us forward into our next 25 years of artistic excellence and transformational educational programming.

The new Center for New Work, Education and Production Design, which will have three floors and will be connected to our theater, was designed by Red Bank architects Kaplan, Gaunt + DeSantis. It will include two rehearsal spaces; expanded scene shop spaces; a formal wood shop for the props department; a larger costume shop; centrally located offices for our 23-person Production staff; and multiple storage areas.



  • The facility will offer a range of spaces that will allow for more resources dedicated to new-play development, including offices and writing spaces for playwrights, lyricists and composers. We’ll also be able to offer more retreats, readings and workshops, many of which will be open to the public.
  • The two rehearsal rooms in the new building will allow us to greatly develop the resources and space we have available to build our annual Education programs, including our Summer Theater Intensives and First Monday Masters, a series of master classes taught by great artists who are working at the theater.
  • Popular events that currently have capacity limitations—such as 101 lecture series, led by Artistic Director John Dias—will be able to reach more patrons in the new building. We will also be able to introduce new audience-engagement activities that take audiences literally “behind the scenes” and allow access to the production process, such as the construction of a set.
  • The new scene shop ceiling heights of 32 feet will allow us to “mock up” scenery before we load it into the theater; we’ll also have the space to test automated scenic pieces prior to load-in.



  • Timeline: Some site preparation and construction will begin this May, after the close of Dancing at Lughnasa. Major construction will begin in July, after the close of Songbird. Construction will continue through our 2018/19 Season with scheduled completion in late summer of 2019.
  • Parking: On-site parking will be limited to handicap spots.

After 11am, free parking can be found at the Red Bank Train Station and at the garage at Pazzo restaurant (enter on West Front Street or Water Street). Metered parking is available along the side of our building on Bridge Avenue and around the corner along Monmouth Street.

Additional accommodations can be made available for patrons with mobility issues by calling the box office at 732.345.1400.

  • Construction News: Two River’s staff will continue to communicate updates on parking and construction progress via email, on our website, and through program notes as the project progresses. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact the box office at 732.345.1400 or

A community-wide campaign to help support this project will begin this month. To learn more about the 25th Anniversary Fund, including the Expansion Project, please contact Jennifer Anderson, Director of Development, at 732.345.1400, ext. 1820 or


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