March 7, 2016, 7:00 pm
Hear professional local actors perform the works of aspiring playwrights from Rahway High School and enjoy a lively post performance Q&A with the artists. This program is presented in association with Playwrights Theater of New Jersey and is made possible by the generous support of The New Jersey Theatre Alliance.


April 28, 2016

ATG is proud to announce its first annual High School Drama Competition! ATG will serve as host to high schools throughout the state for a day of great theater and inspiring instruction. Students will have the opportunity to present a scene from whatever play or musical that they have performed during the course of the year and will then be given an in-depth critique by working members of the theater industry.
In addition, ATG will present at least one workshop for the participants, in areas such as improvisation, audition techniques, stage combat, etc.. After the day’s events, students will attend a performance of our Main Stage production of Crossing Swords and after the performance there will be an awards ceremony for the participants.

To sign up, attend or for more information call 732-238-9982 or email Jim Vagias.



To ensure the longterm health of American Theater Group and theater in general, ATG will train both the artists and audiences of tomorrow by offering quality arts-in-education programming.

The following are just a few programs that are being contemplated:

a.) EQUITY MEMBERSHIP CANDIDATE PROGRAM. Working with Actors Equity Association, ATG will employ a corps of aspiring actors as interns. These performers will serve in a variety of functions (including, where possible, on stage) in exchange for cumulating “points” toward their Equity membership.

b.) HIGH SCHOOL MATINEES. ATG will work aggressively to reach out to area high schools to schedule student matinees for those productions that are age-appropriate. Student matinees will incorporate both pre- and post performance teachers guides, as well as “talk-back” sessions with the cast.

c.) STATEWIDE DRAMA COMPETITION. Each spring, ATG will invite high schools throughout the state to perform a 20-minute excerpt from their school play or musical. Each excerpt will then be critiqued by industry professionals (actors, directors, writers, etc.). At the end of the day, students will attend the evening performance, followed by an awards ceremony highlighting outstanding performances.

d.) MONTCLAIR UNIVERSITY GRADUATE PROGRAM. Capitalizing on Jim Vagias’ position as Adjunct Professor of Theater Management and Entertainment Law, ATG will coordinate with graduate students to fulfill course requirements by working at ATG in both administrative and production positions.

e.) MASON GROSS SCHOOL OF THE ARTS. Based on Joe Mancuso’s affiliation, ATG will employ students from the design program in design positions (set, lights, costumes, etc.)