About the Theatre
- By seeking to achieve the highest professional quality theatre through our diverse productions;
- By producing contemporary theatre which engages, inspires, challenges, and entertains our audience;
- By being stewards of the public trust and the resources provided to us by the community;
- By inspiring students and engaging seniors via outreach programs based on the performing arts.
Where is CMS Located?
What are the prices?
Alternate pricing, including discounts, can apply for specific performances. For specific pricing and ticket information for a performance please visit our tickets page.
What accessibility services does CMS offer its patrons?
How do I contact Cape May Stage?
31 Perry Street,
Cape May, NJ 08204
Phone: (609) 884-1341
E-Mail: Mitchell Malnati: ">Administrative Director
Is there a mailing list?
What is your work like?
How big is your theater?
How can I audition?
Cape May Stage holds annual Equity auditions in New York and Cape May. Notices are posted in Backstage and on our website. Submissions are also accepted.
Click here for our auditions for the 2020 season.
Is there parking available at your theatre?
- There is a municipal metered parking lot only a half block south of the playhouse next to Collier’s Liquor store.
- Swain’s Ace Hardware store, located on Jackson Street behind the playhouse has a pre-paid parking lot during the height of the season for $4.00 per vehicle.
- Free parking & free trolley service is available on 921 Lafayette Street at the Cape May Elementary School parking lot during the summer months. The trolley runs every 20 minutes until 11:00PM. The drop off/pick up location of the trolley is at the rotary bandstand across from the playhouse. The phone number to call the trolley driver is (609) 846-4057 to determine his location and timing of your pick up.
I am interested in becoming a volunteer. How can I get involved?
Staff & Board
Mitchell Malnati (Director of Development & Operations Manager) graduated from Fordham University in NYC with a B.A. in Theatre. While a love of theatre began through acting, Mitchell found his groove in playwriting. While at Fordham, he was the President of the Playwright’s Guild and had his original plays “The American Family” and “Testament” performed for audiences. His former production company, Mayhaps Productions, produced his original play “Girls: A Two-Act Play about Men” at the Producer’s Club in Times Square for an extended run. In another life, Mitchell was a certified Sommelier and Mixologist. He worked as a Corporate Wine & Beverage Director for many years and traveled through Spain and France visiting vineyards and learning about the winemaking process. One of Mitchell’s proudest accomplishments was starting the Rainbow Alliance, New York’s first gay/straight alliance at a Jesuit college. After becoming a Cape May County resident last year, Mitchell has described coming to Cape May Stage as a perfect moment of serendipity and is so incredibly happy to be involved with the theater once again.
Denise Shutter (Marketing Director) earned a BS in Marketing from Richard Stockton, an A.A. in Fashion Marketing from Art Institute of Philadelphia and an A.A. in Marketing from Camden County Community College. She spent the beginning of her career working for large corporate chains opening new restaurants and training new servers. In 2003 she gave up her career to become a mother and wife to a Naval Officer. She continued to work part time as a consultant to a Party Planning business while raising her three children. As her husband was transferred from different bases she would find ways to continue utilizing her passion for Marketing including starting up a theatre boosters at a local high school and opening her own business. In May of 2015 her family decided to move back to her hometown of Cape May. She joined the company in 2016 as the Marketing Director. Denise’s passion, love ,and appreciation for the arts has only grown stronger over the years and she is excited to see where the journey will lead her.
Amy Hadam has been part of the Cape May Stage family since 2016 taking on the role as Production Stage Manager. In the years following Amy has picked up the positions of Education Coordinator and Production Manager as well. Amy graduated from Kean University in 2011 with a BA in Theatre Education where she received her K-12 Teacher Certification for the State of New Jersey. Since graduating, Amy has lead a duel career in stage management and arts education; she joined Actors’ Equity Association as a stage manager in 2012 and has stage managed for many professional New Jersey theatre companies such as Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, Surflight Theatre, Speranza Theatre Company, Premiere Stages, and The Theater Project. As an educator, Amy has been a teaching artist for George Street Playhouse, Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, and The Theater Project as a choreographer/dance teacher, she was the choreographer for Pequannock Township High School’s musicals from 2015-2017, and has been the dance and theatre instructor for smaller community programs such as Kinetic Kids, Pucci Performing Arts Centre, and Kidsports in The Club at Woodbridge. Amy has been working on further developing Cape May Stage’s Education Program by adding Musical Theatre summer camps for elementary and middle school students and is hopeful to have programs for teenagers launched by the year 2020. She was honored at the New Jersey Theatre Alliance’s 2018 Curtain Call for her contributions to Cape May Stage’s education program along with other education directors throughout the state. Amy is happy to call Cape May Stage home and is looking forward to see what the future brings! FUN FACT: Amy has tattoos of wings on her feet that are a dedication to a dance piece she choreographed in college titled “Break Free”.
talent liaison / dramaturg
Roberta Aungst (Volunteer Coordinator) holds a Masters Degree in Audiology from Penn State University and a Bachelors Degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Emerson College. She is a retired clinical audiologist after having practiced in Pennsylvania and New Jersey for more than 50 years. She has served professional state and national associations in multiple committees and board positions including Vice President and President her Pennsylvania association and a Vice President of her national association. She was also a consultant to the Vatican regarding the sainthood of Mother (now Saint) Katherine Drexel.
Roberta has served as the Volunteer Coordinator for Cape May Stage since 2011 and now oversees more than 80 volunteer ushers. She began her tenure with Cape May Stage nine years ago as an usher, later also serving as a scheduler.
Annual orientation sessions are conducted in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the company liability insurance. Al volunteers are required to attend to review the Policies and Procedures and other information pertinent to the theatre. She communicates frequently with the volunteer staff to apprise them of new developments affecting performance of their duties.
In addition, Roberta supervises a committee of three schedulers, who in turn are tasked with assuring that two ushers are available for each performance. She participates in nearly all special events presented by Cape May Stage and provides administrative support in the office answering phones, selling tickets, and assisting other staff as needed.
Seth Chaffin (Tech Director) is a South Jersey/Philadelphia based Technical Director, Set Designer and Master Carpenter. He has a BFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia with a concentration in Set Design and Technical Direction. He has been part of the creative team in numerous productions throughout the Philadelphia and South Jersey areas, including the Philadelphia Polyphone Festival.
Seth’s love for theatre began as a child, taking the stage in numerous school plays and musicals. As a teenager, his interest turned away from the stage and more behind the scenes toward the technical and production side of theatre, ultimately leading to his career choice of Technical Director and Set Designer. Seth enjoys being part of a creative team that brings the separate artistic mediums of set design, lights, sound, props, music, dance and acting to imaginative and cohesive storylines that engage and positively impact the audience and their love of the arts and theatre as a whole. As theatre is constantly evolving, Seth works towards practical and creative solutions to make any idea or design into a reality.
In his spare time, Seth enjoys wood working, jewelry making, blacksmithing and forging, and wood burning. chaffinscenic.com.
Board of Directors
Suzan Chmiel, Irene Darocha, Kate Hathaway, Ken Kirby, Mark Kulkowitz, Yogi Kurtz, Karen LoSasso, Marga Matheny, Mary McKenney, Fran Rixon, Joe Rodgers, Roy Steinberg, and Heather Turner