Speech & Theatre Association of New Jersey
The Speech and Theatre Association of New Jersey (STANJ) has been the voice of advocacy for the inclusion of speech and theatre arts in educational curricula since 1960. We’ve implemented state and national advocacy strategies and helped to recognize, develop, and promote the importance of teacher certification in speech and theatre.
Our purpose is to promote excellence in the study and teaching of communication and theatre arts, encouraging innovative methods of teaching speech and theatre. As an NJEA affiliate, the association includes volunteer members from K-12, college, and professional theatre who are passionate about theatre education. We welcome input from members to help foster growth and change. Members attend monthly PD workshops and presentations at the NJEA Convention. Their students may participate in the Governor’s Awards Theatre competition in the areas of Monologues(*), Scenes(*), Improvisation(*), Musical Theatre, Stage Management, VPA(*), Character Analysis, Pantomime, Shakespeare, Communication Media Arts, Best Play & Musical. First-place winners in (*) categories are honored with a Governor’s award at a ceremony held in Trenton. Two college theater scholarships are also offered.