John J. Wooten
Director of Arts Programming
John manages the development, implementation and production of all professional theatre programming and performances for Premiere Stages, Kean Stage and Enlow Hall, bringing unique and inspired performances to Kean University in five theatre venues. As the Producing Artistic Director of Premiere Stages, John has developed and produced numerous new plays at Premiere including The Beautiful Dark, Lost Boy Found in Whole Foods, The Good Counselor and Follow Me to Nellie’s, all of which were honored by the American Theatre Critics Association. New Jersey Premieres he has directed and/or produced at Premiere and elsewhere include Clybourne Park, Rabbit Hole, Snakebit, Soldier’s Heart, Boy Gets Girl, M. Butterfly and The Trip to Bountiful starring Ellen Burystn. John’s plays have been produced commercially Off-Broadway, internationally and in regional theaters across America. Published plays include: Trophies, Dramatists Play Service; Humbug, Samuel French; The Role of Della, Playscripts, Inc; Kiss the Bride, Dramatic Publishing Company. Awards/Nominations: New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship, a Best New Play nomination from the American Theatre Critics Association, and a 2014 NJ Family & Children’s Services’ Champion for Children Award. John is the Vice-Chair of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance Board of Trustees.
Director of Audience Services
Heather Kelley holds a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory, and is a founding member of Mad Dog Theatre Company in New York, where she has served as Literary Manager for two seasons. Mad Dog's first commission, This is Not the Play by Chisa Hutchinson, received the 2012 New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Original Short Script. Heather has worked as an actress with the Arden Theatre Company, Dorset Theatre Festival, Prospect Theater Company, Shakespeare Theatre of NJ, and the Asolo Repertory Theatre, among others. Her fiction and plays have been published in Opium Magazine, 225 Plays by The New York Neo-Futurists from Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind (ed. Joey Rizzolo) and What Happened to Us These Last Couple Years? (Elope Press & So New).
Manager of Kean Stage
Steve comes to Kean Stage after 18 years working with Theatreworks USA, bringing theater to young audiences across North America in his capacity as Tour Manager and Marketing Director. An eclectic career in theater has found him as an actor, company manager and stage manager on national and international theatrical tours. His first job as an Actor's Equity member and probably his most memorable, Wile E. Coyote in the international touring production of Bugs Bunny Meets the Superheroes with Madison Square Garden Productions. He is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC and William Paterson University in NJ.
Box Office & Operations Manager
Jennifer holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Kean University, where she volunteered with many charitable organizations including Sigma Beta Chi. Jennifer developed her passion for human rights further by interning with the Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS) during her senior year. Upon graduation, Jennifer continued to work for Kean Stage and was soon promoted to House Operations/Box Office Manager where she is responsible for overseeing all of Kean Stage’s Front of House and Box Office.
Courtney is a producer, general manager, and theatre practitioner. She previously worked for Richards/Climan, Inc., where she assisted on many Broadway productions including Fiddler on the Roof, China Doll, and Dames at Sea. As the Office Administrator at Olympus Theatricals, she worked on the Broadway and National Tour productions of Love Letters. Her freelance credits include the Off-Broadway production of Dean Poynor's Together We Are Making A Poem In Honor Of Life. Courtney has also worked in various capacities for New York Stage & Film, McCarter Theatre Center, Barrington Stage Company, and Mousetrap Theatre Projects in London. She holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Clark University in Worcester, MA.