About the Theatre
Our mission is to produce compelling impactful theatre that engages audiences to enrich their lives. Our mission is to create a catalyst for audiences and artists of tomorrow within an intimate, unique, and historical venue through the following:
- 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.
In January of 1853, the trustees of the Cape Island Presbyterian Church purchased a lot on the north side of Lafayette Street, at the corner of what is now Bank Street. Local builder, Peter Hand, designed and built their church. He designed a Georgian-vernacular style building with an oddly graceful, onion-curved, mosque-like belvedere. For the rest of the summer, Cape Islanders and visitors alike thronged the beautiful new church. In the fall of 1853, the Cold Spring trustees sold it to the Methodists.
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
Cape May Stage is committed to being a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace. One where all employees and volunteers, whatever their gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation or identity, education or disability, feels valued and respected. We are committed to a nondiscriminatory approach and provide equal opportunity for employment in our theater and worksites. We respect and value diverse life experiences and heritages and ensure that all voices are valued and heard. We’re also committed to modeling diversity and inclusion for the entire arts industry of the nonprofit sector, and to maintaining an inclusive environment with equitable treatment for all.
We believe this is a continuous evolution as we strive to reflect and meet the needs of our patrons and our community. While this statement is not an end-all statement and we will constantly evolve as we as an organization learn, this is a starting point for us to form actions that will encourage equity and make an impact in Cape May.
Where is CMS Located?
Cape May Stage is located at the Robert Shackleton Playhouse on the corner of Bank and Lafayette Streets in the heart of the Historic district in beautiful Cape May, New Jersey. We’re housed in a classic Renaissance Revival (c. 1853) building which formerly served as the Presbyterian Church and the City’s Welcome Center. Click here for map.
What accessibility services does CMS offer its patrons?
Cape May Stage is dedicated to providing equal access to all individuals with disabilities. If you, or any member of your party, require assistance please contact our Box Office at 609-770-8311. We are wheelchair accessible, offer assisted listening devices, and are service animal friendly.
How do I contact Cape May Stage?
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?
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What is your work like?
Cape May Stage is a professional Equity theatre company, featuring traditional, contemporary and new works in an intimate setting. Since 1988, actors, directors, and playwrights from around the country have set the standard for excellence by providing world-class theatre in a unique and historic venue.
How big is your theater?
Cape May Stage is an intimate theater with an audience capacity of approximately 128 persons. We are wheelchair accessible and have listening devices available for the hearing impaired.
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 2021 season.
Is there parking available at your theatre?
Cape May Stage has a very small lot with only 6 metered spaces including a designated handicapped parking space. All other parking is street parking.
- 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 $5.00 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?
Music to our ears! There are many ways to get involved with Cape May Stage. Click here for details
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Staff & Board
Roy Steinberg (Producing Artistic Director) is an actor, director, producer and educator who has worked under almost every contract Equity has to offer. Born in Brooklyn, he attended public schools, then earned a BA magna cum laude from Tufts University with a major in Drama (and a year studying in London) before earning his MFA from Yale School of Drama where he won the Carol Dye Best Actor Award in his class. He made his Broadway debut in the Tony Award-nominated “Wings” playing opposite Tony Award winner Constance Cummings and made his off-Broadway debut playing Lysander in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the Jean Cocteau Repertory Company. He played opposite Academy Award winner Christopher Walken in “Measure for Measure” directed by Academy Award nominee John Madden and played opposite Academy Award winner William Hurt in “The Rimers of Eldritch” at the International Drama Festival in Dundalk, Ireland. Volume 34 of “Theatre World” featured him with a photo and bio . He has played at the Kennedy Center in DC, NY Shakespeare Festival and all over the United States. He directed Farley Grainger and Lynn Cohen in a new play at Circle Repertory and directed Joan Copeland in a new play for the Colleagues Theatre Company in New York. He also directed Kim Hunter, Ann Jackson and Albert Epstein in “The Madwoman of Chaillot” at the Neighborhood Playhouse. He directed at scores of regional theatres and most of the productions at Cape May Stage. He has taught acting and directing at UCLA, NYU, Bera College, Lehman College of the Performing Arts and at Muhlenberg College. He has also been a producer/and or director at CMS and for CBS, NBC and ABC. He has four Emmy nominations for that work. Roy Steinberg was made an honorary member of the Kentucky Colonels along with luminaries like Winston Churchill and Red Skelton – he joined his fellow colonels at the Kentucky Deby.
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.
Joan Flynn (Director of Finance) is a lifelong Cape May County resident and now brings her own artistic talents to Cape May Stage. She is singer and musician who plays over thirteen instruments. Ms. Flynn has been professionally performing in the Tri-State area, and largely in South Jersey, since she was thirteen years old and has co-hosted a weekly Country Music television show. A former EMT, Ms. Flynn comes to us following a fifteen year employment with REIT as a Southern Regional Property Manager. Since 2010 she has served as assistant bookkeeper with a local business services company. Ms. Flynn’s biggest accomplishment and source of pride are her grandchildren. When not at work, you can bet she is with them spending precious time and building lasting memories.
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”.
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.
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.
Board of Directors
Janice Anania, Tom Cutler, Suzan Chmiel, Irene Darocha, Vince DeGiaimo, David Green, Grete Greenacre, Mark Kulkowitz, Marga Matheny, and Roy Steinberg