Trilogy Repertory was founded in 1981 by Dr. Allen Crossett and two former students, with a mission to unite theater, community and school. They wanted to present theater works not often seen, and encourage projects by new directors. Trilogy was housed in the new Little Theater at Ridge High School and spent the next sixteen years producing plays in that space. Trilogy and Ridge enjoyed a close partnership of shared materials and knowledge.
In 1985, Trilogy Repertory was approached by the Bernards Township Department of Parks and Recreation to produce a musical in the amphitheater in Pleasant Valley Park. This joint venture has grown from three performances to award-winning seasons that include a full-scale musical and classical production each summer. In 1999, Ridge High School closed the Little Theater and Trilogy has been seeking a new home since that time. In 2010, Somerset County Park Commission licensed two buildings to Trilogy Repertory at the Boudinot-Southard-Ross property in Bernards Township, enabling Trilogy to house our costume and props collection in the stable and theater set pieces in the barn.
Each year, Trilogy Repertory endeavors to present shows in the Spring and Fall at the Fellowship Cultural Arts Center, as well as traveling children’s participation theater performed in local libraries. Each summer, two shows are produced at the Pleasant Valley Park amphitheater. Historical programs are presented to students and community at the Boudinot-Southard-Ross property. Fourth grade students visit the site as part of their history curriculum. Trilogy performs historical plays chronicling the life of Elias Boudinot, who developed the property in the 1760s. These events are presented free of charge.
Trilogy also offers educational outreach programs including teen cabaret (performing opportunities to future stars). Trilogy conducts theater and costume workshops at museums and local schools. Costumes and props from our collection have been made available to countless schools and organizations, enhancing the production value of their shows.
Trilogy Repertory believes that theater is a collaborative art. Whether on stage, behind the scenes, or seated out front, Trilogy wants everyone to explore the lively art of theater and find their place in it. Trilogy strives to delight and challenge its audiences and to make the Somerset Hills a better place to live, through the experience of live theater and performing arts. The need and desire for a home for arts and cultural programs in the Somerset Hills community is without question. A public performing space that is generated from private funds, operated by a non-profit community anchor and is self-sustaining always has been the ideal answer.
In July of 2019, after years of planning, design, and construction, our partnership with Fellowship Senior Living finally paid off with the official opening of the Fellowship Cultural Arts Center. This 240-seat state of the art performance space will be an ongoing benefit to Fellowship residents and the greater Somerset Hills community.
The strategic relationship between Fellowship Senior Living and Trilogy Repertory will flourish beyond the Cultural Arts Center. This seasoned and highly recognized theater company will serve as Fellowship Senior Living’s “theater company in residence.” Trilogy will provide high production values, offer top on-stage talent and enhance the appeal of an already vibrant community. The company will also continue to support and nurture the Fellowship Village in-house theater activities.
Board of Directors
Jaye Barre has been committed to theater in our area since the Barres moved to Basking Ridge in 1976, where she assisted with The New Theater, a then-established community theater in the Somerset Hills area. Jaye’s help founding Trilogy Repertory only has strengthened her love of live theater. She also established the Somerset Hills Drama Workshop to serve students in grades 4-8 and worked with the students of the Ridge Drama Club from 1985 through 2005. Jaye helped found “Plays in the Park” for Bernards Township and has served on several Bernards Township committees such as the Charter Day committee, the Arts Advisory Board, and the Mayor’s Task Force for the Arts. Jaye has been on the Trilogy Repertory Board of Directors since 1982 and currently serves as President.
It has been Hank’s joy to be associated with Trilogy Repertory from the earliest days in 1981. He has served as an actor, director, producer, board member and officer for almost 40 years and Trilogy has been an important part of his life. As a fundraiser and coordinator for the establishment of Trilogy as the resident theater company at the new theater at Fellowship Village, he has been proud to have been part of this great step forward.
Matt Marino, a Bernardsville resident, currently serves as Trilogy’s Website and Social Media Manager and as the NJACT representative. He first worked with Trilogy in the 2010 production of Macbeth and was asked to join the Trilogy Board of Directors in 2011. Matt has appeared in several Trilogy productions, including A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Inherit the Wind, Spamalot!, and The Comedy of Errors. He also has served as stage manager for The Rainmaker and Twelfth Night. Matt has appeared in shows with other theatre groups such as Dover Little Theatre, Westfield Community Players, Circle Players, and Studio Players. You also may have seen Matt as a background extra in Law & Order: SVU, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, The Blacklist, and/or Madam Secretary. Matt recently completed his Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership at Seton Hall University and has been working in the education field in a variety of roles (pun intended) for over 15 years. He also is a two-time Bernardsville council candidate.
Lisa Gunn-Becker, a native Californian, is an educator, actor, and coach. She has performed on Broadway in the 20th anniversary production of Annie, with the legendary composer Marvin Hamlisch, and with numerous regional theatres. Lisa’s work includes stage, commercials, television, and film. She has represented such products as Chevy, Dominos, Band-Aid, and she also was the spokesperson for Tom Kean, Jr. She can be seen in M. Night Shyamalan’s The Happening, ChristmasPresent, and The Abduction of Jack Butterfield. Lisa is the Senior Teaching Artist for “Dancing Classrooms” and “Disney Musicals in Schools” programs at NJPAC. She helped build the NJPAC apprentice vocal class for the Young Artist Summer Intensive and is now the Artistic Director there. She also facilitates “Explore a Story,” and Wolf Trap – Early learning through the arts, works with special needs populations in drama, music and dance programs, and coaches business executives in Performance Skills and Accent Reduction. Lisa holds a BA in Theatre Arts from CSU Fresno and an MFA in acting from Temple University. Lisa lives in a 1725 farmhouse with her husband and two daughters. Lisa believes creative expression can empower and transform individuals.
Peter Curley has been a Trilogy Repertory Board Member since 2016 and has been involved in Trilogy productions since 2006. He has acted in Twelfth Night, The Taming of the Shrew, As You Like It, You Can’t Take It With You, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Inherit the Wind, King Lear, Richard III, Play On!, Mary Poppins, The Merchant of Venice, The Rainmaker, Cinderella, Cinderella, and Twelfth Night, and he also has stage managed The Comedy of Errors.
Joe has been an active member of Trilogy Repertory for over twenty-five years. Trilogy audiences may remembers him as “Captain Hook” (Peter Pan), “Luther Billis” (South Pacific), Henry Etches (Titanic), and Sebastian (The Little Mermaid). Joe has been active with many other New Jersey community theaters for over 30 years. He has also worked professionally as an actor. You may have seen him on various episodes of Law and Order: SVU and as a a contestant on the recent reboot of Match Game hosted by Alec Baldwin. Joe has been a public school educator for 32 years and is a proud advocate of the arts in the lives of young people.
Kathleen Dempsey is a retired pediatric nurse practitioner who has many years of backstage costume experience. Working with schools and community theater groups, she strives to bring the actors and directors the best available costumes and accessories to enhance their production. Kathleen has worked on several “Plays in the Park” productions with Trilogy and currently serves as the Board’s Recording Secretary.
Michael DePrima has been working with Trilogy Repertory for over 20 years. From acting in shows, to assisting crew, he’s done it all.
Bio coming soon.
Kristin is fairly new to the Trilogy Board but excited nonetheless! She began working with Trilogy in the summer of 2018 choreographing The Little Mermaid and has been hooked ever since! When not on the stage or behind the scenes, she can be found teaching students with disabilities.
From the lead in her 5th grade musical, through community and summer theatre in various places on both the East and West Coast, Marlene is now at Fellowship Village where she is a member of the Village Players. She is pleased to support Trilogy in their partnership with Fellowship.