Storymaking in Jersey City: Sharing our Town’s Epic Lore

Date: Saturday, December 17, 2022

Time: 5:00 pm E.D.T.

The story of Jersey City gets told in myriad ways – alternately, Jersey City is: the “Golden Door”, a beacon for immigrants from all over the world; “Dirty Jersey” – symbol of New Jersey’s gritty, industrial heritage and post-industrial blight; “Make It Yours” – a magnet for young, upwardly-mobile professionals; NJ’s “Gold Coast” – a real estate goldmine; and on and on… But every story has a teller, an audience, and an angle – each one influencing what gets told, how, and why. Join us for this special event with a fascinating group of individuals who are telling Jersey City’s story in a variety of settings.

Storymaking in Jersey City takes place during Nimbus’ Jersey City Nutcracker season, a production which re-interprets the classic Tchaikovsky holiday ballet and sets the story in Jersey City. Join us following the panel discussion!

The Stage Door Series is made possible by the New Jersey Council on the Humanities. 

Helene Stapinski: NYTimes Bestselling Author; Author of Five Finger Discount

Alysia Souder: Playwright; co-Librettist, Jersey City Nutcracker

Martin Pierce: Board President, Museum of Jersey City History

Samuel Pott: Founding Artistic Director, Nimbus Dance; Director/Choreographer, Jersey City Nutcracker

Dr. Jeff Friedman: Professor of Dance Studies, Rutgers University.



* Stage Door Discussion was made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this discussion do not necessarily represent those of the NEH or NJCH.