John J. Wooten, Producing Artistic Director

John J. Wooten

John J. Wooten

Producing Artistic Director


As the Producing Artistic Director of Premiere Stages, John has developed and directed numerous critically-acclaimed productions of new plays, many of which were subsequently published, including Dark Part of the Forest, Any Other Name, ODD, Soldier’s Heart, The Beautiful Dark and The Good Counselor. The latter two productions were also honored by the American Theatre Critics Association, along with the sold-out run of Follow Me to Nellie’s, Dominique Morisseau’s first play. New Jersey Premieres he has directed, at Premiere Stages and elsewhere, include Rabbit Hole, Snakebit, Boy Gets Girl, Soldier’s Heart, Shmulnik’s Waltz and Skeleton Crew.


John is also the Director of Arts Programming for the University, supervising theatre management and programming operations at Kean. Plays he has authored have been produced commercially Off-Broadway, internationally and in regional theaters across America. Published plays include: Trophies (Dramatists Play Service), Humbug (Samuel French), The Role of Della (Playscripts, Inc.), and Kiss the Bride (Dramatic Publishing Company). John wrote the screenplays for The Role of Della (Toronto, Ft. Lauderdale, Cleveland and DC Film Festivals) and Cat in the Pan (Montreal Film Festival). Awards include a NJSCA Playwriting Fellowship, a Best New Play Nomination from the American Theatre Critics Association, and multiple Best Director nominations from the Newark Star-Ledger.



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Christina Hoffman

Christina Hoffman

Director of Marketing & Audience Development


Christina Hoffman joins Premiere Stages and Kean Stage after helping to open The Avenel Performing Arts Center (APAC) in Avenel, NJ in Spring 2019. As Marketing Manager of APAC, Christina oversaw the marketing for over 200 performances in the performing arts center’s inaugural season. Prior to APAC, Christina worked at TheaterworksUSA, for seven years, first in the marketing and sales department before getting promoted to General Manager. She is a graduate of New York University’s Performing Arts Administration Graduate Program (class of 2011) and William Paterson University in Wayne, NJ.



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Nick Gandiello

Nick Gandiello

Education & Play Festival Manager


Nick Gandiello has worked around the country as a playwright and teaching artist. His plays include The Blameless (The Old Globe), The Wedge Horse (Fault Line Theatre), Oceanside (Merrimack Repertory Theatre), and Cicada (Roe Green Award Winner). He was the 2015 Page 73 Playwriting Fellow, is an alum of the Lark Rita Goldberg Playwriting Workshop and the Ars Nova Play Group, the recipient of an MTC/Sloan Commission, and was awarded Marin Theatre Company's David Calicchio Emerging American Playwriting Award for Sunrise Highway. Gandiello was the Literary Manager at Young Playwrights Inc., taught playwriting at Marymount Manhattan College, and is the head of the Dramatic Writing Division at Broadway For All.
MFA, New School for Drama.



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Claudia Nolan

Claudia Nolan

Literary Associate


Claudia Nolan is excited to begin her work as the Literary Associate at Premiere Stages where she spearheads the Play Festival. Her work focuses on new play development and the presentation of cross-cultural fairytales and mythology onstage. She received her MFA in Dramaturgy at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and has worked at Geva Theatre Center, the McCarter Theatre, New Georges, HERE, and Bread and Water Theatre. She has served as dramaturg or literary assistant for Stephen Wadsworth, Mona Mansour, Joe Salvatore, Kim Euell, Kate Royal, Alex Riad,and Rui Ding; and is currently working on new plays in development with Gab Cody and Gaven Trinidad.


Megan Tobias

Megan Tobias

Megan Tobias

Literary & Producing Assistant


Megan is an actor, director, and historian. She recently graduated from Kean University with a dual degree in BA Honors History and BFA Theatre Performance. While at Kean, she worked on a historically accurate script of the Livingston-Jay wedding that took place at Liberty Hall, the Livingston 360 project. She also co-directed dEAD dOG pARK with Elise Joyner for one of the mainstage performances from the Kean Theatre Conservatory. Some of her favorite acting credits include: Leonardos Wife (Blood Wedding); Woman in the Box (An Alternate Approach); Clara (The Boys Next Door); and Storyteller/Seth’s Wife (Children of Eden).




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