Monmouth University

Center for the Arts


Representatives from the University Arts Coordinating Council oversee the various key program areas. The Center’s Director and staff members work with program associates to ensure continuity and context for the programs, which develop into collaborations between the arts, related academic initiatives, and the community.

To be selected for a program, the platform must include intrinsic artistic quality; cultural and artistic diversity; promotion of intellectual exchange and creative thought; and opportunity for life-long learning. Consideration is also given to economic diversity through ticket pricing, patron requests and past success, ethnic and generational communities to be served, as well as opportunities provided by agents, artists currently on tour, and collaborative funding efforts.

Performing Arts Series

The Performing Arts series presents a diverse array of music, dance, theatre, and special attraction events to the community each year.

Children’s Theatre

The Children’s Theatre series promotes early engagement in the arts to more than 2,000 area youth each year.

The Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD

Talents of the world’s premiere performers as well as visionary directors from New York’s Metropolitan Opera.

National Theatre Live in HD

With state-of-the-art filming techniques, the British theatre behind the Tony Award winning War Horse & One Man, Two Guvnors brings thrilling HD broadcasts to Pollak Theatre.

The Bolshoi Ballet

The greatest ballet company in the world offers a spectacular productions broadcast on the brand new 30’ screen in the Pollak Theatre.

Department of Music and Theatre Arts

In addition to its academic curriculum, the Department of Music and Theatre Arts holds lively events and creative productions for public audiences. Each year the department presents a drama, a holiday concert and a musical along with other events.

ArtNow: Performance, Art, and Technology

ArtNow, a visiting artist series, transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries and embraces provocative works that challenge what we know and what we think we know.

Visiting Writers Series

The Visiting Writers Series was introduced to campus in 2005 as a way to connect students with contemporary authors whose works have significantly impacted the world of literature.

Gallery Exhibitions

The Monmouth University galleries are an integral part of the University experience, not only for students and faculty but the community at large.

Great Art on Screen

Experience a global revolution of world class art, history and biography through the works of the greatest masters of our time.

Tuesday Night Record Club

Tuesday Night Record Club combines the intellectual atmosphere of a book club with the exciting and evolving world of music. Created as a result of the University’s affiliation with the Los Angeles-based GRAMMY Museum, the club brings music lovers together to analyze a new album each week. Participants are invited to explore the selected album’s […]

World Cinema Series

Monmouth University Global Education Office presents World Cinema Series 2019-2020. A global cinematic survey of women as leaders of change in patriarchal cultures through their engagement in community, national politics, and film.

Grammy Museum Affiliation

In October of 2014, Monmouth University was named a higher education affiliate of the Los Angeles-based GRAMMY Museum.

Jewish Cultural Studies

The Jewish Cultural Studies Program at Monmouth University seeks to create a space for cross-cultural communication and understanding of the global Jewish community.

Shadow Lawn Stage

Shadow Lawn Stage is the professional Equity theater series at Monmouth University.

Ink and Electricity: Advancing Liberal Learning in the Digital Age

This annual lecture series brings top scholars in the fields of digital humanities, media studies, the history of the book, print culture, and children’s literature to Monmouth University every fall. Guest scholars deliver papers to members of the University and surrounding communities that teach us about relations between readers, reading, and old and new media, exploring the ways we learn about our national past and try to imagine our digital future.

OceanFirst Bank Center

The OceanFirst Bank Center is the area’s premier venue for large-scale concerts, touring shows, and family-friendly events.

NJ Repertory Company Series

The partnership between Monmouth University and the New Jersey Repertory Company in Long Branch began in 2006, when Joel Stone was asked to direct four short student plays for the Monmouth University Playwrights Festival, presented in conjunction with New Jersey Repertory Company.

Lowbrow, Middlebrow, Highbrow: Interventions in Cultural Study

In April 2016, Kate Macdonald of the University of Reading delivered the first lecture in a series on cultural hierarchies in the arts and literature. Her talk was titled “The Scots Are Invading: John Buchan’s Version of How Scotland Conquered the World,” and it set the stage for the series talks to follow.

A Celebration of Sondheim’s 90th Birthday

March 22 marks the 90th birthday of the greatest American musical theatre composer of the modern era, Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Sondheim. To mark this occasion, Monmouth University and Shadow Lawn Stage will join forces to present a series of Sondheim’s most beloved works. This marks the first time that all three of the year’s […]

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