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.
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 are the prices?
For pricing and ticket information please visit our tickets page.
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, are service animal friendly, and with advanced notice can arrange for large print programs and ASL sign-interpreted performances. For more information click here. Individuals with Disabilities, along with one companion, can receive a 20% discount off the regular admission price. Please enter coupon code ADA20 at checkout or mention it over the phone at the time of purchase to redeem discount.
How do I contact Cape May Stage?
Cape May Stage
31 Perry Street,
Cape May, NJ 08204
Phone: (609) 884-1341
E-Mail: Karen Uslin: Administrative Director & Company Manager
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.
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 $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?
Music to our ears! There are many ways to get involved with Cape May Stage. Click here for details
Staff & Board
Producing Artistic Director
Roy Steinberg (Producing Artistic Director) has directed classical and contemporary plays as well as world premieres all over the United States. He directed Ann Jackson, Kim Hunter and Alvin Epstein in The Madwoman of Chaillot at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York. As a member of Circle Repertory Company, he developed and directed The Marriage Fool with Lynn Cohen and Farley Granger. His production of Othello played at the Intar Theatre on Theatre Row in New York and he directed Joan Copeland in a new play called Second Summer. He was the Artistic Director of Theatre Matrix in New York and the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Wisconsin. He has directed touring companies of bilingual productions of Moliere’s The Miser and The Bourgeois Gentleman. Mr. Steinberg has also produced and directed film and television including Guiding Light, One Life To Live, Days of our Lives, Forensic Files and Scandalous Art. He has four Emmy nominations for this work. He directed Jo Beth Williams in Life In General on strike.tv, which was nominated for five Spirit Awards. He also has the People’s Choice Award for producing Days of our Lives. As an actor, Roy Steinberg played on Broadway in Wings with Constance Cummings, at the Yale Repertory Theatre in Measure For Measure with Christopher Walken and at the International Drama Festival in Ireland he played opposite William Hurt in The Rimers of Eldritch. He has performed roles as varied as Captain Hook in Peter Pan to Cassius in Julius Caesar at regional theatres and was seen in the CBS Special The Wall with Tom Conti as well as Another World for two years on NBC. At Cape May Stage he played Mark Rothko in Red, Saunders in Lend Me A Tenor, and Victor Velasco in Barefoot in the Park. In 2016 he directed Sex with Strangers, Buyer and Cellar, This Wonderful Life, and Disgraced in which it received The Best Director Award NJ and Best Play NJ from broadwayworld.com. For the 2017 season, Mr. Steinberg directed, The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, The Gin Game, and Outside Mullingar and will soon begin production of The Ultimate Christmas Show.
Since becoming the Producing Artistic Director at Cape May Stage, Mr. Steinberg has created the National Playwrights’ Symposium with Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning and nominated writers, now in its fifth year. He created the Second Stage Broadway series with revered artists like Christine Ebersole, Karen Akers, Anthony Rapp, Jarrod Spector, Liz Callaway and her sister Ann Hampton Callaway. He continues to bring artists from Broadway and Hollywood to the Equity Main Stage and gives a platform to new works and emerging playwrights. With his hands on approach, every night Mr. Steinberg welcomes patrons into the theatre and greets them with a live curtain speech. He continues to volunteer in the community with other local arts organizations and in 2016 he received a Community Partners Service Award from Mid Atlantic Center for the Arts. He is an active member of The Chamber of Commerce, CORE, M.A.C., and sits on the board of Cape May Stage. In 2017 Mr. Steinberg partnered with other local theatres and spearheaded Cape May’s first Theatre Week that officially kicked off on October 9th-October 14th. Mr. Steinberg continues to be a champion for arts through exemplary support, promotion, and volunteerism.
Mr. Steinberg has also been a professor of acting and directing at Muhlenberg College, NYU, UCLA, Lehman College of Performing Arts, School of Visual Arts, Adelphi University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, University of Rochester and Berea College. He is on the Advisory Board for The Conservatory of Dramatic Arts in New York and has taught professional actors at TVI Studios in LA. In addition to his many accomplishments, he has an MFA from the Yale School of Drama.
Tom Macagnone (Production Manager) has been involved with technical theater for 8 years and is a graduate of Temple University with a B.A. in Theater Studies. Tom started his theatrical life in high school as a member of its stage crew, eventually leading as its president in his final year. Throughout college he flourished as a theater technician with a focus on technical direction and worked on a plethora of productions with a group of wonderful people. This is Tom’s fourth appearance at Cape May Stage with the first being through the Shackleton Scholarship offered from Temple’s Theater Department and the Martel’s. He is grateful for the opportunity to return to Cape May Stage as Production Manager and Technical Director.
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 Navy Pilot. 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 after her husband finished his 14 years in the Navy. She joined the company in 2016 as the Marketing Director and has been excited to see where this journey will lead.
Joan Flynn (Finance Manager) 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.
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.
Box Office Manager
Mitchell Malnati (Box Office 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.
Board of Directors
First Vice President
Second Vice President
Curtis Bashaw, Lee Bellarmino, Wendy Collins, Irene Darocha, Kate Hathaway, Mark Kulkowitz, Yogi Kurtz, Karen LoSasso, Marga Matheny, Fran Rixon, Joe Rodgers, Roy Steinberg, and Heather Turner