(NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) – George Street Playhouse Chairman of the Board James Heston, Chairman of the Board Penelope Lattimer, Artistic Director David Saint and General Manager Kelly Ryman have announced the appointment of Dina M. Mastellone to the Playhouse Board of Directors.

“We are honored to welcome Dina to our Board of Directors,” said Mr. Heston. “Dina brings extensive experience in complying with human resources policies. ”

Ms. Mastellone is a partner at Genova Burns LLC in the firm’s Newark office. She chairs the Human Resources Counseling & Compliance Practice Group and works as a strategic and tactical business partner alongside the firm’s regional and national clients, advising them on employment matters of all kinds and establishing and verifying policies, manuals and human resources procedures.

She has experience training businesses and human resource organizations on anti-harassment and diversity policy compliance and conducts confidential investigations on behalf of employers. Ms. Mastellone is also active in the firm’s various initiatives which focus on mentoring the firm’s lawyers and spearheading legal and business community awareness initiatives regarding women and minorities.

Ms. Mastellone was selected by the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association as Professional Lawyer of the Year in 2020.

Ms. Mastellone will serve on the Governance and Nominating Committee of the George Street Playhouse Board of Directors. The committee assists the board of directors in developing and implementing procedures regarding board size, leadership, identification, review and selection of qualified individuals to act as directors and , on a regular basis, reviewing the overall governance of George Street Playhouse.

“We welcome Dina to our Governance and Nominating Committee,” said Penelope Lattimer, Chairman of the Board. “Dina’s experience in labor law, inclusion initiatives and human resources will bring a wealth of knowledge to our board members and staff. ”

Ms. Mastellone is also an advocate for mentoring and advancing women lawyers and increasing the participation of women in professional and charitable organizations. She is a member of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association where she will assume the role of President on July 1, 2021, of the New Jersey State Bar Association, of the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey and is certified by the National Employment Law Institute. . in accordance with the ADA / Rehabilitation Act.

Ms. Mastellone’s accolades also include inclusion in the New Jersey SuperLawyers 50 Best Women List of 2016-2017 and 2019-2021 and was ranked by NJBIZ as the 50 Best Business Women in 2018. She was also awarded the Excellence in Achievement Award. of the Rodino Society of Seton Hall University Law School.

Under the direction of Artistic Director David Saint since 1997 and Kelly Ryman – Managing Director since 2013, The Playhouse produces ground-breaking new works, inspiring productions of classics and hit Broadway plays and musicals that speak to the heart. and in mind, with an unwavering commitment to producing new works. As New Brunswick’s premier production theater, George Street Playhouse has become the cornerstone of revitalizing the city’s artistic and cultural landscape. With its 45 year history of nationally recognized theater production, the Playhouse continues to play a unique role in theater and arts education in the city, state and greater metropolitan area.

Starting in the 2019-2020 season, George Street Playhouse has moved to the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center in downtown New Brunswick. With two state-of-the-art theaters – the Arthur Laurents Theater with 253 seats and the Elizabeth Ross Johnson Theater which seats 465 – and a myriad of amenities, the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center marks a new era. in the esteemed story of George Street Theater House.

Founded by Eric Krebs, George Street Playhouse, originally located in an abandoned supermarket on the corner of George and Albany streets, was the first professional theater in New Brunswick. In 1984, the Playhouse moved to a refurbished YMCA on Livingston Avenue, and in 2017 temporarily made its home in the Former Rutgers University Agricultural Museum during construction of its new home.

The Playhouse has been well represented by numerous productions both on and off Broadway. In 2018, George Street Playhouse was pictured on Broadway with Put the group back together which premiered on the main stage of Playhouse in 2013. american son, produced by George Street Playhouse in 2017, opened on Broadway in 2018 with Kerry Washington and Stephen Pasqual, and will appear on Netflix. Other productions include the winner of the Outer Critics’ Circle Best Music Award The poisonous avenger. In 2015, It should have been you opened on Broadway and Joe DiPietro’s Smart little lies open off Broadway. Both shows received their premieres at the Playhouse. Others include the Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk and Drama League nominated production of The Spitfire grill; and the Broadway hit and the Tony and Pulitzer Prize winning play Proof by David Auburn, which was developed at the Playhouse during the 1999 New Stage series Next Stage.

In addition to the main season, the education department of the Playhouse offers extensive programming for children, youth and adults. Partnering with administrators and educators across New Jersey, the Playhouse offers unique educational experiences that strengthen the school curriculum and investigate issues such as bullying, diversity, immigration, health and well-being. be, and the growing epidemic of opioid addiction.

Programming at the George Street Playhouse is made possible in part by funding from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts / Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Grant funding was provided by the Middlesex County Council of Selected Commissioners through a grant from the Middlesex County Culture and Arts Trust Fund.

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originally published: 06/24/2021