creating multiple performance spaces, and nationally
sought-after educational and internship programs,”
In fact, the Maltz Jupiter Theatre is a member of the League
of Resident Theatres (LORT). With 74 member theatres,
LORT is the largest professional theatre association of its
kind in America. LORT members collectively issue more
contracts to actors than Broadway itself. The fact that
the Maltz is a part of such an organization is impressive,
“especially because we are such a young organization,”
says Munson. But, keeping company with such illustrious
names as the Yale Repertory Theatre in New Haven,
Connecticut and the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego,
California also highlights the work yet to be accomplished
at the Maltz. “Looking at ourselves critically, we can
improve our national standing by accomplishing a few
things that the other theatres already have,” he explains.
In order to more fully compete with those rarified
ranks, the Maltz Jupiter Theatre has set a series of goals
for themselves to achieve based on actions already
performed by other successful regional theatres including
the Cleveland Playhouse in Cleveland, Ohio, the Geffen
Playhouse in Los Angeles, California, and the Long Wharf
Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut.
The goals for the Maltz Jupiter Theatre are:
1. To be recognized nationally as an award-winning
2. To be able to launch pre-Broadway and National
3. To run multiple performance spaces;
4. To add new plays and musicals to the national
theatre landscape; and
5. To have a sought-after internship program.
Munson says with a chuckle, “We also want to win the
Regional Tony Award® too!” Looking at all that this
talented group of people – the performers, the Board of
Directors and Donors, the staff, the team of designers,
architects, and consultants – has accomplished, no
dream seems too far out of grasp.
ENTERTAIN, EDUCATE, INSPIRE, BELIEVE
In order to attract high-level talent, as well as to produce
Broadway and National Tour shows, the Maltz Jupiter
Theatre facility needs to be improved. Plans call for the
modification of the existing stage, making it 10 feet
deeper and six feet wider on both sides. The proscenium
will also need to be raised by three feet. Under-stage
excavations will create a trap room, an orchestra pit, and
a storage area for technical equipment.
The production facilities will also be renovated to create
three floors of state-of-the-art workspace. The first floor
will house two “star” dressing rooms and two chorus
dressing rooms, a guest lounge, storage, and a loading
dock for both the main theatre and a second stage.
A new second floor will allow props and costumes to
be stored in-house. “Currently they are kept off-site in
warehouses,” says Munson. This floor will also contain
two fitting rooms, a costume maintenance area, a wig
room, a staff break room, the production offices, and an
A new third floor will contain a large fenestrated rehearsal
room suitable to rehearse large-scale productions, a
second smaller studio for breakout rehearsals, stage
management offices, storage areas, and intern cubicles.
Central to the expansion plans is the addition of a
Second Stage to the Maltz Jupiter Theatre. The addition
of a 199-seat theatre, with the option of arranging seats
in a variety of configurations, will allow the Theatre
to diversify the programs that they offer, including
experimental plays, film series, museum exhibits, and
dinner events, as well as affording the Theatre the ability
to produce smaller productions during the off-season.
Another key component of the Theatre’s expansion is
enlarging the footprint of the Paul and Sandra Goldner
Conservatory of Performing Arts. When completed, the
newly remodeled building will have a prominent entrance
on the east side and a second access on A1A allowing for
easy – and covered – drop-off of students. The second
floor will include a lobby and lounge area for students
and parents to use while registering or waiting for classes.
The third floor will include two large dance studios, an
acting studio, three piano rooms, male and female locker
rooms, a room for quiet space, and staff offices.
Given that the Conservatory’s third floor will be on
the same floor as the Theatre’s backstage production
rehearsal halls, the Conservatory’s students will benefit
from a shared association with the professional artists
working at the Theatre. “This means that the students
will interact with the professionals and get the benefit of
an almost mentor-type relationship, simply by virtue of
location” says Munson. “Of course, there will be direct
mentoring involved too, but the shared rehearsal space
will be an added benefit.”
Doubling the size of the space will also give the
Conservatory the ability to introduce new technologies
and subjects to the curriculum, including training in
green screen, camera, voiceover, and recording.
The Maltz Jupiter Theatre has become a world-class
entertainment venue in just a few short years. If the
trajectory holds, they soon will be one of the foremost
Theatres – not just regionally – but also on a national
level. The vision and the passionate drive are in place.
The funds will follow. When it comes to this theatre, the
dreamers may dream big dreams, but they also do the
work necessary to achieve them. It is when “dreamers
do” that great things get done. Do you believe? Stop by
the Maltz Jupiter Theatre and you soon will.