Connecting People Through Culture

Connecting People Through Culture


What's happening at Culture Connection

"Writing the Short Play" Workshop

Do you have an idea for a play and have wondered where to start? 

Culture Connection Theater would like to announce our Playwriting Workshop for adults and teens taught by Gwen Orel. Gwen is a multiple-time produced playwright who has a lot of experience to bring to leading this workshop! 

Write a 10-minute play you can submit to competitions

Taught by Montclair Local Culture Editor, playwright Gwen Orel

(The Theater Project; Secret Theater: National Playwrights' Retreat; Apricot Sky; PhD in Theater)

No Experience or Play Ideas Necessary! Workshop ends with a Reading. We will provide the actors. 

Workshop Cost: 

$60 for adults

$30 for children and teens

Time: Sundays 

3:30-5pm for adults and teens

5-5:45pm for children 9 years old and up (must be reading) 

Workshop Dates: 6 sessions 

2/10 start, session 1

2/17 no session due to President’s Day

2/24 session 2

3/3 session 3

3/10 session 4

3/17 no session due to St. Patrick’s Day 

3/24 session 5

3/31 session 6

4/7 Readings (not obligatory) 

Location: The Culture Loft

13 Montclair Ave., Montclair, NJ

For more information, email

To register for the workshop, go to our website at 

click on the Donate/Payments button and enter amount.

We look forward to having you join us. 


Elaine Molinaro

Artistic Director

Culture Connection Theater



Upcoming Events 2019

January: "Castle in Sweden" reading

February: Playwriting workshop

        "Writing the Short Play"


Winter - Playback Theater improv nights

Spring - Mainstage production

       "Castle in Sweden" by Francoise Sagan

Fall -  World premiere

       "Performance of Love" by Gwen Orel 

Donations and Event Payment

 Culture Connection Theater is a member of New York Live Arts. We raise tax-deductible donations through NYLA's Fiscal Sponsorship Program. Click the Donate/Payments button below to make a donation or sign-up for an event


About Us

Mission Statement

Culture Connection Theater has the mission to foster connection between people of different countries and between people of different cultures at home.  Culture Connection Theater produces collaborations between artists of different cultures in order to break down barriers of racism, sexism and prejudice, to allow American audiences to experience other cultures, to shed light on our own culture and to engage, comment and ask questions about world events. 

Elaine Molinaro, Artistic Director

Elaine founded Culture Connection Theater (CCT) in 2004. In NJ, Elaine has directed for CCT, the Theater Project, Luna Stage, Dreamcatcher Rep., Centenary Stage, Apricot Sky Productions, Nutley Little Theater, UCC Players, Intersections International, Montclair Early Music and George Street Playhouse. In NY - Lincoln Center, Peculiar Works Project, The Cell, HERE, New Georges, Voice & Vision, Ping Chong and Co. Elaine is President of the Montclair Arts Alliance, Immediate Past Chair and member of the Montclair Arts Advisory Committee to the Montclair Town Council.  She is an officer and women’s play contest coordinator of the Women and Theatre Program for the Association of Theatre in Higher Education. Elaine has a Masters of Fine Arts in theater directing. 

Gwen Orel, Producer, Playwright in Residence

Gwen is a playwright. She serves as the Features editor of the Montclair Local; formerly arts editor, The Montclair Times; publications include New York Times, Wall Street Journal, American Theatre, Village Voice, Time Out New York. Dramaturgy includes literary manager, Alabama Shakespeare Festival; Peculiar Work Project. Gwen has had plays produced at: ThinkFast Festival; Apricot Sky Productions; Montclair Arts Festival; National Winter Playwrights Retreat, Creede, Colorado. Outer Critics Circle voter, PhD in theatre, AEA stage manager. 

Past Productions

Space In-Between


One-acts by French female playwrights:
"Savannah Bay" by Marguerite Duras
"Over Nothing at All" by Nathalie Sarraute
Directed by Elaine Molinaro
at Luna Stage,

West Orange, NJ

Tidings Brought to Mary


by Paul Claudel

Directed by Elaine Molinaro

at Union Congregational Church, Montclair, NJ



by Betty Shemiah

Directed by Elaine Molinaro

at Where Eagles Dare Theater, 

New York, NY

Opera Buffoonia


by Pascal Sagratella

Directed by Elaine Molinaro

at the Play Outside Festival,

New York, NY

Couples Therapy One-Act Festival


"News" by Gwen Orel

Directed by Elaine Molinaro

Apricot Sky Productions

Grove Street Theatre,

Montclair, NJ

Think Fast One-Act Festival


2017 - "Graveyard Shift"

2018 - "Casting Away" 

by Gwen Orel

Directed by Elaine Molinaro

The Theater Project

Burgdorff Center,

Maplewood, NJ

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Culture Connection Theater

13 Montclair Ave, Montclair, NJ 07042, US

(646) 418-1658