The Grunin Center is proud to host programs and performances that support classroom curriculum and the invaluable skills that arts education gives children. Through the performances here at the Grunin Center and the related curriculum for you to use in your classroom, we aim to encourage students to read, develop critical and creative thinking, and be curious about the world around them.

Programs include: School n’ Stage matinee programs, workshops and master classes, and CAMP (Community Arts and Music Programs) presented by the Wintrode Family Foundation. We are proud to coordinate the Ocean County Teen Arts Festival, and host the NJ Teen Arts Festival and the NJ Poetry Out Loud State Championship.

For more information and to book your group, contact Jaclyn Wood, Assistant Director – Education & Community Engagement: 732-255-0400 x 2487 or

2022-2023 Schools n’ Stage Events

Coming for a school matinee? Stay after the performance for lunch on campus, and a show in the Novins Planetarium! Lunch is available for purchase in the Larson Student Center, with special packages available for school groups. Lunch and Planetarium visit must be booked in advance, so please inquire about lunch packages and Planetarium shows when booking your trip.

The Grunin Center wishes to thank the following Sponsors and Supporters who make the Schools n’ Stage program possible:

  • The Ocean County Board of Commissioners
  • The Wintrode Family Foundation
  • Ocean County College Foundation
  • Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation

Workshops and Master Classes

We offer special opportunities  for selected high school and college students to work directly with our Grunin Presents artists for workshops and master classes here at Ocean County College. Past programs include Neil Berg, Ailey II, The Church Sisters, New York Voices, Bernie Williams, Broadway’s Next Hit! Musical, and Mandy Gonzalez: Fearless.