• Bringing the Arts to Monmouth University - and Beyond

    The Center for the Arts at Monmouth University oversees the performing, visual, and literary arts in order to promote creative thinking, inspiration and cultural enrichment. It operates as the University’s hub for a wide variety of programs, projects, and events that serve the campus and the community.

    Each season, the Center offers more than 140 events at campus and community venues, including the Performing Arts Series; Children’s Theatre; Visiting Writers Series; Pollak, DiMattio, and Ice House Galleries; World Cinema Series; and screenings from Metropolitan Opera, National Theatre of London, and Bolshoi Ballet.

    Other unique programs and partnerships include ArtNow, which fuses performance art and technology, an affiliation with the Grammy Museum which provides access to research, internships, special projects, events and exhibitions; and, since 2011, the University has been home to the Bruce Springsteen Special Collection, attracting writers, scholars, and fans from around the world to conferences, programs and other scholarly activities focused on our hometown hero and one of New Jersey's favorite sons. The Center contributes programming to the Jewish Culture Program, Hispanic Heritage Month, and Irish Studies. The Center also assists with the Department of Music and Theatre Arts events such as the Shadow Lawn Stage, a professional summer theatre series.




    Vaune Peck



    Kelly Barratt

    Assistant Director


    Lynn Sternberg



    Series Directors


    Corey Dzenko PhD



    Scott Knauer


    Department of Music & Theatre

    Joe Rapolla


    Performing Arts Series

    Vaune Peck


    Visiting Writers Series

    Michael Thomas


    World Cinema Series

    Tom Pearson PhD


    Arts Coordinating Council

    Thomas Baker

    Kelly Barratt

    John Burke

    Eileen Chapman

    Andrew Cohen

    Corey Dzenko

    Aaron Furgason

    Scott Knauer

    Frederick Mckitrick

    Nancy Mezey

    Tom Pearson

    Vaune Peck

    Joe Rapolla

    Michael Richison

    Lynn Sternberg

    Michael Thomas

    David Tripold

    Kenneth Womack

    The Center's Artistic and Cultural Objectives


    The Center has numerous goals, which include the following:

    • Celebrating diversity by introducing citizens of the region to different cultures through the arts;
    • Creating or expanding business, educational, and civic partnerships in the community;
    • Serving New Jersey artists through multiple opportunities for engagement with the public;
    • Broadening audience demographics and developing new pathways of entry and engagement;
    • Expanding the artistic vision of programming while adding to our community's cultural legacy;
    • Integrating the arts into the curriculum to deliver experiential learning opportunities for students; providing a diverse slate of arts programming that is accessible to everyone;
    • Fostering inspiration, discovery, and enlightenment for thousands of citizens in the tristate region; and
    • Offering educational outreach opportunities of significance and impact to regional schools and community organizations.

    Connect with us today! Contact us online or call the box office at 732-263-6889.

    Download our upcoming season of events, 2017-2018 Season Brochure.  



    New Jersey State Council on the Arts

    Major Presenting & Service Organization
    Fiscal Years 2008 - 2016

    New Jersey State Council on the Arts

    Citation of Excellence
    Fiscal Years 2011 - 2016

    Monmouth County Arts Council

    Arts Education Awards 2013 “Enriching the community by inspiring and fostering the Arts” Vaune Peck Director, Center for the Arts & Caravanserai

    Monmouth Arts Honored by the

    Founding Arts Group of the Monmouth County Arts Council


    Monmouth University Certificate of Achievement

    Monmouth County Arts Council

    Arts Education Awards 2010

    Discover Jersey Acts - People's Choice Awards

    "Nominated for Best Small Performing Arts Center in NJ” In 2015, 2016, 2017

    State of New Jersey The Senate & General Assembly Joint Legislative Resolution

    “…honored and saluted by the Eastern Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce as the recipient of the Arts and Culture Award during the Twentieth Annual Spinnaker Awards Dinner…” 2011