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Richard A. Kroth
Oversees Kendall Theater Facilities
Serves as Building Captain for Kendall Hall
Oversees Concert Hall Facilities
Serves as Building Captain for the Music Building
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Patrons are strongly encouraged to purchase their tickets online prior to arriving at the performance venue. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 609.771.2585 if you need assistance.
Before you start your purchase, please have your credit card information ready. Your purchase session will time-out 10 minutes after the time you begin your purchase.
Upon completion of your online purchase, you will receive an email confirmation shortly. All tickets are delivered electronically to your email address.
DBA: TCNJ Center for the Arts
[Located next to the Information Desk in the Brower Student Center]
Until further notice, the BSC Box Office will not be open for regular hours. All advance ticket purchases should be made online.
For additional information about parking on campus and walking directions to the performance venues, please consult the Parking & Directions to Venues map.
Patrons attending Tuesday Afternoon Recitals or visiting the TCNJ Art Gallery are able to obtain a day pass from the Information Booth at Trenton Hall and can park in the visitor lots on campus. If the Information Booth is closed, visitors should report to the Office of Campus Police located in the Administrative Services Building across from the Dr. June Walker softball complex.
Latecomers will be asked to wait quietly in the lobby until a suitable interval in the performance at which time the house staff is permitted to seat them. Latecomers will be seated when there is the least likelihood of disturbing others. Every effort will be made to seat latecomers as quickly as possible.
Call 609.771.2585. Voice messages will be answered within one  business day.
All of our venues are wheelchair-accessible; tickets for this seating as well as companion seating are available online as well as at our Box Offices. If you do need additional assistance, please call 609.771.2585.
Complimentary assistive-listening devices are available at the venue Box Office. Patrons will be asked to leave a form of identification or credit card and their phone numbers; these will be returned when the device is returned at the end of the performance.
Please note that there is no elevator to the balcony seating area for the Kendall Main Stage Theater. Patrons who may have difficulty navigating stairs should be seated in the Orchestra section on the main level in Kendall Hall.
There is no smoking in any of our buildings. Smoking is prohibited in all facilities on The College of New Jersey campus. However, smoking is permitted outside buildings at a distance of greater than 10 feet from the building entrances, openings, or air intakes. Smokers are asked to dispose of smoking products in provided smoking receptacles.
New Jersey Smoke-Free Air Act [NJ SFAA]
The use of recording devices and cameras is prohibited unless otherwise noted. Audience members are not permitted to use recording equipment during any performance or special event. This includes video and audio recording as well as flash photography. This is to protect intellectual property and maintain the safety and enjoyment of our audience, presenters, and performers.
Inclement weather is not an automatic cause for cancellation. As long as the College is open, the event will go on as scheduled. For information regarding whether or not the College is open as well as the status of an event, please visit http://www.tcnj.edu/.
All events and performances are subject to change! In the event of a change, we will make every effort to contact all ticket holders. We reserve the right to make any changes whatsoever in the event owing to any unforeseen or unavoidable cause; or to cancel the event for any reason beyond our control.
For additional information about parking on campus and walking directions to the performance venues, please consult the Parking & Directions to Venues map.
Patrons attending Tuesday Afternoon Recitals, the TCNJ Art Gallery, or other weekday events are able to obtain a day pass from the information booth at Trenton Hall and can park in the visitor lots on campus. If the Information Booth is closed, visitors should report to the Office of Campus Police located in the Administrative Services Building across from the Dr. June Walker softball complex.
The Artivism Project (TAP), formerly known as The Institute for Social Justice in the Arts, is a collective of faculty and staff originating from TCNJ School of Arts and Communication that aims to:
Communication is a gift. When it truly works, it is miraculous. Our ideas, our relationships, and our solutions to a myriad of problems are at the base of effective communication. However, one size does not fit all. Human beings rely upon our creativity to successfully communicate in ways that cross barriers to spark ideas and build inspiration and motivation in others as well as to forge and strengthen our connection to each other. The arts help us find the words, the images, the sounds and more to creatively achieve this goal.
Our performing arts facilities include the Kendall Main Stage Theater, the Don Evans Black Box Theater, and the Mildred & Ernest E. Mayo Concert Hall.
View detailed descriptions of our venues
All groups presented by TCNJ Center for the Arts must have dates secured, contracts signed, and equipment, space and ticketing needs detailed and approved by the Director of Operations of CFA by June 1st of the preceding performance season.
Without a signed contract, TCNJ Center for the Arts reserves the right to book tentatively held spaces to other clients.
Use of the performing arts facilities by individuals or groups affiliated with the College is scheduled by the External Events Coordinator at 609-771-3077 in the Office of Conference and Event Services. If you would like to tour the performance facility before engaging in more formal booking discussions, our External Events Coordinator can schedule an appointment for you to do so.When you are ready to book a space, our External Events Coordinator will check availability, technical requirements and scheduling criteria and place a ‘hold’ on the date if the event meets the requirements. An initial production meeting will then be scheduled with the client, the venue Coordinator, and possibly the Director of Operations. Details such as the performance and rehearsal schedule, technical requirements, staffing requirements, and front-of house concerns such as ushering, ticketing, and security will be discussed as well as any catering needs, additional tables required, parking arrangements, signage, etc. The results of the production meeting form the basis of the usage and rental contract. Please note that events should not be advertised or promoted and tickets should not be sold until the contract is finalized. In addition, all changes must be added to the contract and a detailed production schedule must be submitted no less than two weeks prior to the event.
Requests to use the performing arts facilities by student organizations affiliated with the College must be submitted at least four weeks in advance through the Book-It System. If additional support is needed, please contact our Internal Events Scheduler in Facilities and Administrative Services at 609-771-2078. After your event has been submitted for review, an initial production meeting will then be scheduled with the client, the venue Coordinator, and possibly the Director of Operations. Details such as the performance and rehearsal schedule, technical requirements, staffing requirements, and front-of house concerns such as ushering, ticketing, and security will be discussed as well as any catering needs, additional tables required, parking arrangements, signage, etc. The results of the production meeting form the basis of the usage and rental contract. Please note that events should not be advertised or promoted and tickets should not be sold until the contract is finalized. In addition, all changes must be added to the contract and a detailed production schedule must be submitted no less than two weeks prior to the event.
Requests to use the performing arts facilities by student organizations affiliated with the College must be submitted at least four weeks in advance through the Book-It System. If additional support is needed, please contact the Student Events Scheduler in the Office of Student Activities at 609-771-2254. After your event has been submitted for review, an initial production meeting will then be scheduled with the client, the venue Coordinator, and possibly the Director of Operations. Details such as the performance and rehearsal schedule, technical requirements, staffing requirements, and front-of house concerns such as ushering, ticketing, and security will be discussed as well as any catering needs, additional tables required, parking arrangements, signage, etc. The results of the production meeting form the basis of the usage and rental contract. Failure to attend this production meeting will result in delaying your request and will possibly cause your event to be cancelled. Please note that events should not be advertised or promoted and tickets should not be sold until the contract is finalized. In addition, all changes must be added to the contract and a detailed production schedule must be submitted no less than two weeks prior to the event. Students are encouraged to review the information on Production Planning.
Front of House Management:
We will staff your event with one of our Front of House Managers. S/He will be on duty 1 ½ hours before curtain and will remain on duty until the house is clear and the venue is closed. S/He is responsible for:
[Note: The cost for the House Manager is included in the contract.]
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We are going contact-less as much as possible. Each of our venue Box Offices opens one  hour before curtain where we will help the patrons purchase their tickets online. If necessary, we can process the sale for them.
Please contact the Assistant Director of Audience Services at least four weeks prior to the event to discuss your Front of House and ticketing needs.
Box Office Fees:
Presenter: The Presenter is the group or organization renting facilities from The College of New Jersey. The Presenter is responsible for following the policies, regulations, and procedures contained herein and passing along all pertinent information to staff, participants, performers, and audience members.
Performance: A full run of the production with audience present, utilizing costumes, make-up, and all technical elements. Complete house, stage, and technical staffing are required.
Dress Rehearsal: A run of the performance utilizing costumes, make-up, and all technical elements. Complete house, stage, and technical staffing are required for a dress rehearsal. Building Services cleaning fees apply, and usher staff is required if any audience is present.
Rehearsal: Rehearsal of any or all of a production utilizing rehearsal lighting, without any audience, technical support, or technical equipment. Supervisory staffing is required.
Production Meeting: A meeting between the Presenter, Conference Coordinator, and select Center staff to discuss the running order, technical and staffing requirements, schedule, and budget for an event or performance.
Cue-to-Cue: A technical rehearsal used to refine and run the lighting, fly, deck, and sound cues of a production or dance show. This typically requires the Technical Director or Lighting Designer, Stage Manager, Light Board Operator, Event Presenter / Dance Schools Director and their staff.
Load-In: Load-in comprises delivery and set-up of all stage equipment that the Presenter requires for the production. Please note that a sidewalk permit, arranged through the Office of Campus Police [Call: 609.771.2167], is required for access to the Kendall Theatre Loading Dock.
Strike: Strike is the removal of all scenic materials and equipment modified or added for a particular event or production. Please note that Presenters must remove all scenic items and materials that they brought in during strike. Dumpster facilities are NOT available. In addition, remember that a sidewalk permit, arranged through the Office of Campus Police [Call: 609.771.2167], is required for access to the Kendall Theatre Loading Dock and the Mildred & Ernest E. Mayo Concert Hall.
The Production Meeting is the initial meeting between the Presenter, Conference Coordinator, and select Center staff to discuss the running order, technical and staffing requirements, schedule, ticketing and budget for an event or performance. To prepare for this meeting, the Presenter will need the following information and/or documentation.
The College of New Jersey requires that you obtain General Liability Insurance for your event. The following is information that will be of assistance when arranging insurance with the agency of your choice:
A detailed production schedule is required for each rental contract. The schedule should include every aspect of each production that utilizes facilities at The College of New Jersey. Examples include production meetings, load-in, cue-to-cue, rehearsals, performances, load-out and strike. The schedule can be refined and discussed during the first production meeting.
Specific staffing needs for each rehearsal and performance will be determined in the first production meeting and become a part of the rental contract. Please note that changes in the technical details may have a direct impact on the staffing requirements. Typical staff requirements for a Performance are three to six staff members [Note that the Presenter may provide some of their own staffing for their event]. Details must be discussed and approved in the production meeting. Examples of staff roles are below:
*Ushers are important for every event with any audience in attendance. The number of ushers needed is determined by which venue is being used and the complexity of the event itself. The Center has trained Ushers that may be contracted if the presenter/producer wishes rather than having to provide their own volunteer ushers. The ushers must arrive promptly at the agreed-upon time before the performance starts in order to meet with the House Manager for a detailed safety, facilities and emergency procedures overview. Front-of-house staff must be present and in place before the audience chamber can be opened to the public; they must remain in place and on duty for the duration of the performance and until the audience have vacated the audience chamber. Duties include:
Layout of the performance area, including equipment, legs, borders, curtains and drops must be discussed and approved in advance. The default layout is an empty stage with all legs, borders, curtains and drops flown out. This will insure space for musical or scenic elements brought in by the Presenter. All stage equipment and supplies used must be returned to the location and status as when found.
More specific information about each venue is available on the web page for that venue.
Each facility has different equipment and capability. Information about the technical details of each venue is available on the web page for that venue. Please be prepared to discuss your specific needs at the production meeting. The Kendall Main Stage is equipped with a full compliment of lighting equipment, colors, patterns, and effects. The Don Evans Black Box Theatre is well equipped with a variety of instruments and colors. The Mayo Concert Hall lighting is flexible and centered on non-colored light — suitable for musical performances and lecture events alike. All TCNJ equipment and supplies must be returned to the location and status as when found, including instruments, gels, patterns, cables, and accessories.
Sound reinforcement and recording equipment must be arranged for in advance. Our facilities each have capability for handheld and lavalier wireless microphones, podium with integrated microphone, CD playback, etc. All TCNJ equipment and supplies must be returned to the location and status as when found, including speakers, microphones, communications equipment, cables, and accessories.
Musical materials used by the Presenter in this production may be protected by United States Copyright. It is the responsibility of the Presenter to obtain any and all clearances as required by law for their use in the performance, recording, playback, duplication, or distribution of the performance presented at The College of New Jersey.
The College of New Jersey reserves the right to play a recorded informational safety announcement before the beginning of each show. In addition, the College reserves the right to make interim announcements as needed to preserve safety for the performers and audience and enforce policies and regulations.
An American Sign Language interpreter must be provided for an event if requested by an audience member requiring such assistance. External clients must make these arrangements for themselves. TCNJ clients should contact TCNJ Accessibility Resource Center to arrange for the services of an ASL interpreter; the cost of this service will be included in the Presenter’s invoice. These requests must be made at least two weeks prior to the event.
The College of New Jersey has oversight regarding event safety, including and not limited to: crowd management; worker and equipment safety; safety of performances, stunts and effects; security; emergency response; emergency egress; fire safety; catering and food preparation; and general facility management. Safe practices for events in Arts Facilities are subject to the judgment of the facility management and technical staff and are governed by applicable policy and regulation. Applicable references include: Standard Building Code, National Fire Prevention Association 101 – Life Safety Code, Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulatory codes, and the Americans with Disabilities Act Advisory Guide.
The College of New Jersey may require that Campus Police officers be hired in order to help insure safety and security for events that anticipate a large audience. All costs will be detailed in the usage and rental contract.
Facility management strongly recommends that Presenters establish traffic flow policies with staff, performers, and participants on arrival to the venue. These should be established within the backstage and safety policies outlined herein.
Emergency Egress: Aisles, stairs, hallways, and pathways to all emergency exits must remain clear and unrestricted at all times. All security and fire doors must be kept closed.Signs indicating emergency exits may not be covered or otherwise obscured.
Fire Prevention: Flammable items are prohibited in the all performance venues. Combustible materials including decorations and fabrics must be flameproofed. This can be accomplished either by treating items with flame retardant or purchasing items manufactured with flameproofing. National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) minimum standards must be met or exceeded. All scenery must be constructed of treated fire-retardant lumber. In instances when treated wood cannot be used, the final product shall be treated using an approved fire retardant material in accordance with state regulations. Use of open flame and pyrotechnic effects is strictly prohibited at all times without written approval from Campus Safety and appropriate staffing in place. Use of Pyrotechnics requires the direct supervision of a licensed pyrotechnician, provided by the Presenter, certified by the State of New Jersey, and approved by The College of New Jersey.
Fire Curtain: The operation of the fire curtain in the Kendall Main Stage Theatre cannot be impeded in any way. Nothing can be placed in the path of the fire curtain for any purpose during an audience event.
Capacities: Maximum occupancies of the stage, audience chamber, and any other spaces used may not be exceeded at any time.
Sound Levels: Performing Arts Facilities Management has established a sound level policy in order minimize audience complaints, provide a distortion-free enjoyable experience for patrons, and provide a safe environment for our staff. Sound levels must not exceed 95dB SPL A-weighted during any performance or rehearsal. Occasional instantaneous peaks may be tolerated in material with a large dynamic range. Arts Facilities staff will measure volume levels in the audience seating area and on stage using a sound level meter.
Back Stage Access: Access to the stage, scene shop, control booth and support areas of the venue is limited to authorized TCNJ staff and authorized participants for the Presenter. Facility visitor identification will be provided to the Presenter; the Presenter is responsible for distribution of the identification and for ensuring that all appropriate individuals for the Presenter use it. Individuals requesting back-stage access to the Presenter’s event will be barred without facility visitor identification. Costumed performers need not wear visitor identification. Arrangements for backstage guests should be made prior to the event date with facility management.
A Building Services cleaning fee will be applied for any performance or dress rehearsal with audience present or when food is served. It includes building services staff attendants in place to replenish restroom supplies, empty trash, and maintain a clean atmosphere for performers, patrons, and staff. Specific fees and details will be determined in advance and discussed at the planning meeting.
Presenters who wish to sell tickets, programs, souvenirs, t-shirts, and flowers etc. must have all details approved in advance, so that College staff can make appropriate arrangements and insure that there is no interference with the safe ingress or egress of audience, performers and staff from the performance venue.
Outside vendors, service providers, video recording crews, photographers, and the like will hereafter be referred to as vendors. Professional video recording services may only be employed if Presenters sign a recording release form and the recording personnel meet the criteria established under “Vendors, Merchandising and Sales” detailed herein. An authorized representative of the Presenter must have all details for Vendors approved by the Office of Conference and Meeting Services no less than two weeks prior to the event.
Each vendor must provide a certificate of General Liability Insurance of not less than $1,000,000 that names the State of New Jersey and The College of New Jersey as additional insured’s for the date(s) they will be vending on campus. Sales will be limited to areas designated by the venue Staff. The Vendor is responsible for collection of all state sales tax as required by law. Vendors that arrive without written approval as detailed above will be considered trespassers and requested to leave the campus.
A staff member from the performance venue will conduct a pre- and post-event walkthrough with a designated representative of the Presenter in order to determine any damage to facilities or equipment within the duration of the rental agreement. The Presenter is responsible for any costs associated with repair, renovation or replacement of any facilities or equipment within the duration of the rental or use agreement.
Food and beverages are strictly prohibited from in all performance venues, including the audience chamber, the stage, and the backstage areas. It shall be the responsibility of the Presenter to communicate and enforce this to its performers, ushers, staff and audience for both rehearsals and performances.
Smoking is prohibited in all facilities on The College of New Jersey campus. Details can be found in the New Jersey Smoke-Free Air Act.
Smoking is permitted outside buildings at a distance greater than 10 feet from building entrances, openings, or air intakes. Smokers are asked to dispose of smoking products in provided smoking receptacles.
The Don Evans Black Box Theater is a flexible 150-seat black box theater with space that can be configured for theater, lectures, workshops, and presentations.It has its own box office as well as a shared restroom, dressing room, and lobby facilities.
Evans Theater Technical Packet PDF
The Don Evans Black Box Theater has a maximum occupancy of 150, including performers, audience, and staff. A typical performance may have 15 performers and 5 staff, allowing for an audience of 130. This may vary based upon the staging needs for the performance.
Seating is flexible with 130 gray interlocking straight-backed plastic chairs. Sight lines are enhanced with a seating platform system which consists of flexible 4′ X 8′ platforms ranging from 8″ high to 32″ high and can be set up in various configurations.
The theater is typically left empty. Seating, lights and sound must be arranged and set up in advance.
This is a shared space that also serves as an entrance to the Kendall Main Stage Theater. It can be configured for small receptions and is often used as an organizational and staging area for performers before they go on to the Main Stage. This area may not be used for warm up or rehearsal as the floor is constructed with poured concrete covered with tile, is easily scuffed and scratched, and offers no protection for performers should they fall.
The booth is in the Northwest corner of the theater, located just below the grid. Lighting, sound and communication controls are located there, and it is accessed from the 2nd floor of Kendall Hall.
The loading dock is 3′-11″ off of the ground. Stage access is through the scene shop through doors that are 9′-10″ high by 7′-8″ wide. There is a tight turn onto the stage. A 3′-0″ wide aluminum ramp is available for loading off trucks that are up to 18” higher or lower than the dock. Access to the loading dock requires a sidewalk permit from the Office of Campus Police, and is made via the walkway between Armstrong Hall and the Science Complex on the west side of campus.
Office of Campus Police
The Main Stage Theater is an 830-seat proscenium theater with orchestra and balcony seating, a motorized orchestra pit, and state of the art lighting, rigging, sound, and video systems. The stage is a resilient dance surface and is painted black. The Theater is suitable for events ranging from Lectures to Opera. Please note that audience capacities will be impacted by numerous factors including the Audio House Mix Position and the amount of wheelchair access needed. Please confirm seating configuration and needs before ticket sales begin.
Kendall Main Stage Technical Packet
Stage Layout PDF
Cross Section PDF
Light Plot PDF
Main Stage Seating Chart PDF
The Mildred & Ernest E. Mayo Concert Hall is a beautiful performance space located in the Music Building. The Concert Hall, which opened in October 1993, is the primary performance space for the Department of Music. Stately columns, cherry wood, and deep blue colors accentuate the Georgian design. Acoustics are superb, especially for solo, chamber instrumental, orchestral and choral performance.
The Concert Hall seats 311 patrons. The raked seating area assures each patron close proximity to the stage, an excellent view and balanced sound. Additional features include the spacious Pelson Lobby, adjacent classroom and rehearsal facilities, and two private dressing rooms.
Mayo Concert Hall Technical Packet
Concert Hall Seating Chart PDF
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