HISTORY OF TNT
In 1986, Brian Billick, Kevin G. Shinnick and Alan Lauderdale founded Teaneck New Theatre (TNT) with the goal of doing shows usually seen only in professional theatre. The original home for TNT was St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Teaneck.
True to their ambitious aim, early on TNT undertook such projects as The Dresser and Amadeus, which were performed at Bogart Memorial Church in Bogota. In 2005 the troupe began staging most of its productions at The Hackensack Cultural Arts Center, a former church converted to a charming, comfortable theatre. TNT also moved back to St. Mark’s, a lively church community, where additional shows were held for several years. Currently, TNT stages some productions at Ethical Culture Society in Teaneck.
A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, TNT has always prided itself on its high-quality productions. The group’s mission is to give actors, directors and production staff an opportunity to hone their craft by working on outstanding plays. Consequently, TNT is one of the few community theatres to have tackled such classics as The Lion in Winter and The Glass Menagerie, and it continues to stage a diverse range of works. TNT opened its 2011 season with the Craig Lucas romantic comedyPrelude to a Kiss and continued with TNT’s 25th Anniversary Celebration Fundraiser, a presentation of staged readings of one-act plays by local playwrights.
Many things have changed in 25 years, but the goal of TNT actors, directors and backstage staff — which includes professionals, former professionals and talented amateurs — remains the same: to present accomplished productions so that audiences will be glad they came...and will want to return.