Commencement

Honorary Degree Recipient

John Schreiber

New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) President and CEO John Schreiber will deliver the keynote address and receive an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree at the University’s Graduate School Commencement ceremony on Tuesday, May 22, at the NJPAC in Newark.

“John Schreiber is a leading innovator of the arts in New Jersey, someone whose vision and energies have ensured that the New Jersey Performing Arts Center is truly the people’s art center for our state,” says Montclair State University President Susan A. Cole. “He is also an award-winning producer of stage, television and music programs, documentary films and cause-related events.”


Schreiber became President and CEO of NJPAC in 2011. In 2013 he added the Arts Center’s real estate development portfolio to his responsibilities when he was named President of Theater Square Development Corporation.

Under Schreiber’s stewardship, NJPAC is now the country’s most diverse performing arts center in terms of programming, audience and staff.

Presenting over 500 events a year, the Arts Center also provides best in class arts education programs to more than 80,000 children and families each season. NJPAC is committed to engaging community by convening civic engagement events and serving as a driver of economic development in Newark.

NJPAC’s 23-story, 245-unit One Theater Square residential tower, the first ground up luxury housing built in Newark in 70 years, began leasing this month. The Arts Center is currently master planning mixed use development on an additional 7.1 acres of land on its campus.

An award-winning producer of stage, television and music programs, documentary films and cause-related events, Schreiber launched his career working for jazz impresario George Wein – ultimately becoming president of Festival Productions, the world’s largest producer of music festivals. His credits include the nationwide KOOL Jazz Festivals, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and the Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals, among others.

Before taking the helm at NJPAC, Schreiber was executive vice president of social action and advocacy at Participant Media, where he was part of an executive team that produced such critically acclaimed films as An Inconvenient Truth, Lincoln, The Help and Waiting for Superman.

Schreiber’s producer credits include the multi-day President’s Summit for America’s Future that kicked off the America’s Promise volunteer initiative; Carnegie Hall’s annual American Popular Song celebration, and gala events at the White House for every President from Jimmy Carter to Barack Obama. He created and produced The Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center, The New Yorker Festival, the Hard Rock Live television series for VH-1, and the nationwide Grammy Festivals.

The Montclair, New Jersey, resident won a Tony award in 2002 as lead producer of At Liberty, Elaine Stritch’s one-woman Broadway show, and a 2004 Emmy Award for executive producing the HBO documentary film based on it.

Schreiber attended Haverford College, and serves on the boards of the Newark Alliance, the Newark Trust for Education, Rutgers-Newark and First Book, a national children’s literacy nonprofit.