TCNJ’s faculty have helped Passage develop community theatre pieces in the past. In 2014, Passage received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts’s Our Town Program to partner with TCNJ, Isles, and the Trenton Downtown Association, to develop a plan for Trenton’s Creek 2 Canal Arts District.
Isles is Passage’s principal partner in planning the Old Town Trenton Arts District. Over the years, the two groups have worked together on various other projects, and teens from the Isles Youth Institute have been frequent collaborators and audience members.
Passage Theatre has collaborated with McCarter Theatre since its inception in 1985. Both theatres have benefited from sharing skilled designers, technical support, casting and teaching artists. This unique partnership was recognized by the NJ Theater Alliance with a 2013 Applause Award.
Rider students and faculty have worked in a variety of administrative, production, and performance jobs at Passage, and Passage staff have taught courses as adjunct professors at the university. We deeply appreciate the tireless support of the Rider staff and are incredibly grateful for their partnership.
Since Passage’s founding in 1985, the City of Trenton has been a steadfast supporter. City of Trenton: The Mill Hill Playhouse, Passage’s home venue, is owned and operated by city. Mayor Reed Gusciora and his team are huge supporters and recognize the contribution Passage is making to the city’s renaissance. A big thank you from the Passage team to our friends in city hall!
The Soup Kitchen and Passage cooperate on a number of levels, including adult education programs and audience development. Passage education staff have conducted writing workshops with TASK clients. Most Passage mainstage productions benefit from a group of TASK clients in the audience for the first preview or dress rehearsal. The TASK clients have a great time, and the Passage actors benefit from performing before a responsive audience. Passage wishes to extend a shout out to Jami Parki, who does a wonderful job for TASK in coordinating their arts programs.
TDA keeps the streets of the downtown business district clean, maintains Mill Hill Park, and works to attract new businesses to Trenton. They also provide Passage with our administrative offices and help to promote our productions. Passage and TDA have done significant work together, along with Isles and the College of NJ, on the Trenton Old Town Arts District.
The Trenton Film society uses the Mill Hill Playhouse as its principal venue for screenings. The society brings together filmmakers, film professionals, and area residents of all ages, cultures, and socio-economic backgrounds to build a better understanding of filmmaking. Their programs explore the issues and perspectives in a variety of films–from local to international–and aim to build an appreciation of the film arts. Passage Passport members qualify for discounted admission to TFS events.