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, Education & Community Engagement Coordinator: 732-255-0400 x 2487 or

Upcoming School Programs:

Layer The Walls

Layer the Walls (Puppetry/History)
Wednesday, October 16 and Tuesday, October 17, 2019, 10:00am & 12:00pm both days. For Grades 2-7. In partnership with the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Brooks Gibbs

Brooks Gibbs  (Social/Emotional Wellness)
Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 9:00am & 10:30am.
For Grades 5-8.


Amirah Sackett

Amirah Sackett (World Culture/Dance)
Residency: October 21 – October 25, 2019
Performance: Thursday, October 24, 11am.
Residency for Middle School Students/ Show for Middle, HS & College students. In partnership with the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Red Firecrackers

Red Firecrackers: The Legend of the First Chinese New Year (World Culture/Dance/History) Tuesday, January 14 and Wednesday, January 15, 10am & 11:30am both days.  For Grades K-8. In partnership with the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

View from Above

A View From Above (Science/Photography)
Thursday, February 6, 2020, 11:00am.
For Grades 5-8.


Mandy Harvey

Mandy Harvey (Disability Awareness)
Friday, February 21, 2020, 1:30pm. For High School and College. In partnership with the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders.


Danú (World Music)
Thursday, March 12, 2020, 10:45am & 12pm. 10:45am for Grades K-5, 12pm. For Grades 6-12. In partnership with the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders.


Artrageous (Art)
Thursday, March 19, 2020, 11:00am.
For Grades 6-12.

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 Chosen Freeholders
  • The Wintrode Family Foundation
  • Ocean County College Foundation
  • Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation

For more information on sponsoring these programs, please contact Mark Wilson at

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. In 2019/2020, students will have the opportunity to learn from:

Girl Scout programs are available, please contact us for details!