graphic art by Emily Madeira
Five Years of ReThink!
The Rutgers Gardens
Like all other businesses, non-profits, and organizations, ReThink Theatrical has had to take a long look at the work we will be producing in the year 2020. COVID-19 has forced us to reimagine what a theatrical season can be. With careful planning and consideration, we have decided to produce an entirely virtual season between the months of May and August 2020! While we are thrilled to share our virtual season with you this year, we also want to acknowledge the changes that have had to be made in order to keep our performers, staff members, and audiences safe during this strange season.
ReThink Theatrical had intended to celebrate our five year anniversary with a big, celebratory Gala - full of reprised performances, raffles, and delicious food and drink. Together with our Board of Directors, the ReThink Theatrical Executive Staff has decided to cancel this events for the 2020 season - with every hope of producing it in the near future.
112 Ryders Lane
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Rutgers Gardens is a self-sustaining operation and relies on visitor support. Funds for maintaining the Gardens, purchasing equipment and materials, supporting salaries, and providing public programs are raised through facility rental fees, special events, membership dues and donations from our generous supporters. Rutgers Gardens is one of the few botanical gardens in the country that does not charge a visitor’s fee and is open 365 days a year.
Jessica Jasionowski is a graduate of Rutgers University, where she studied English & Psychology. She joined ReThink Theatrical’s family last year as Lady Montague in Romeo & Juliet, before returning to haunt the East Jersey Old Town Village as Spectral Katrina in ReThink’s original retelling of Sleepy Hollow. She is beyond thrilled to work again with this wondrous group of people and looks forward to helping make the Anniversary Gala a celebration of all ReThink means to those—performers, crew, & audience alike—who have been a part of its magic over the last five years!
Joe Ciampi is a NJ-based educator, musician, and production manager and ReThink's Director of Production. Joe has been with ReThink Theatrical from the very beginning, serving as an Audience Experience Coordinator for Midsummer Nights Dream and as the Assistant Director of WONDERLAND&YOU and Stages: A Legacy in Review. He then co-wrote and co-directed Robin Hood. While attending Rutgers University, he was a member of the Rutgers University Glee Club and served as their Vice President of Alumni Relations and as their Vice President of Special Organizational Affairs. He worked as stage manager and sound/lighting designer for Mason Gross School of the Arts and has been a member of stage crews and pit bands for Livingston Theater Company. He currently teaches at East Brunswick High School.
Thomas Young comes from a nontraditional background with a variety of disciplines. Along with being ReThink's current Artistic Director and co-founder, he received his masters degree in Landscape Architecture from Rutgers University as well as a bachelors degree in Biological Sciences and Music. He is currently a freelance designer and teaching artist, where he primarily curates content and designs graphics for various events and organizations. Thomas's theatrical background includes directing a variety of musicals and plays, such as Little Shop of Horrors (ReThink), co-directing Robin Hood (ReThink), STAGES: a Legacy in Revue (ReThink), WONDERLAND&YOU (ReThink), co-directing A Midsummer Night’s Dream (ReThink).
Joana Marmelo is currently a Marketing Coordinator for Takasago International Corp. She holds a B.S. in Marketing and a minor in Human Resource Management from Rutgers University. During her undergraduate years, Joana was involved with The Livingston Theatre Company for her four years in various roles. She held the roles of Managing Director in her senior year and Business Manager in her junior year. Along with executive roles, she worked on various production staffs within the roles of Stage Manager, Assistant Director, and Props Coordinator. She is thrilled to have found ReThink Theatrical and cannot wait to engage more with our audiences through the use of social media!
CHELSEA JOY WOODS
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