The Asbury Park Theater Company has announced that NBC NY New Jersey Reporter Brian Thompson has joined its Board of Directors.
“We are thrilled to have Brian join our Board,” said Asbury Park Theater Company Board President Bob Allison. “His experience as a journalist and storyteller will be a great asset to our organization as we continue our mission of providing quality theater experiences to the Jersey Shore community.”
Thompson recently retired from NBC 4 New York where he worked since 1997. He has won numerous awards for his work, including an Emmy Award, the Edward R. Murrow Award for Investigative Reporting, and honored seven times by the Associated Press. His last broadcast could have been anywhere in New Jersey but he chose Asbury Park overlooking the boardwalk.
“I’m honored to join the Asbury Park Theater Company Board,” Thompson said. “As a native of New Jersey, I’m passionateabout supporting the arts in our state. I’m looking forward to working with the Board to continue the theater’s tradition of bringing high-quality theater to the Jersey Shore.”
APTCo’s next production will be Ted Swindley’s “Always… Patsy Cline” starring Emmy Award-winning actress Sally Struthers and Broadway’s Carter Calvert for nine performances beginning Dec. 1 at The Palaia Theater inside Jersey Shore Arts Center in the neighboring town of Ocean Grove.
The Asbury Park Theater Company is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to creating powerful, invigorating, and transformative professional theater and theater-arts education that inspires, celebrates and enriches our community. From new works, reimagined classics to provocative high-energy musical performances, the Asbury Park Theater Company is home to established, emerging and local professional theater artists.
Founded in 2019, the new theater recovered from a Covid-19 shuttering to produce high-energy, sold-out productions such as Green Day’s American Idiot, Million Dollar Quartet and American Son. The theater is also home to the Asbury Park School of Dramatic Arts (SODA), which instructs teens in the theater arts and produces a student production each year.