June Ballinger (Teaching Artist) joined Passage in 1995, and served as Artistic Director from 1996 to 2017. Dedicated to developing new plays for the American theatre, June has introduced Trenton audiences to premiere works by William Mastrosimone; Leslie Ayvazian; Seret Scott; Yusef Komunykaa; Russell Davis; Caridad Svich; David Lee White and others. Prior to becoming Artistic Director, she performed in many new works at theatres nationwide such as New York’s Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Actors Theatre of Louisville, Primary Stages, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, The Kennedy Center, was a founding ensemble member of the Magic Carpet Play Company in San Francisco for ten years, and was also in the original Broadway cast of Pack of Lies starring Rosemary Harris. She currently divides her time between acting and producing.
In 1995, following her longtime association with New York’s 52nd Street Project, June came to Trenton to create the State Street Project for Passage Theatre. To date, the State Street Project has successfully served hundreds of young people in Trenton, demonstrating how commitment to community is essential to any theatre’s success. During her tenure in Trenton, June has worked to contribute to Trenton’s resurgence by promoting cultural tourism and keeping the arts relevant in the lives of the community by continuing Passage Theatre’s emphasis on producing original works that create new and interesting experiences in our community. June is a member of New York’s Ensemble Studio Theatre and The Actors Center. She serves on the Executive Board of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance. Ms. Ballinger is a 2003 Fellow of Leadership Trenton where she lives with her family.