Every great production concludes with a grand finale. For Newark Academy’s Rise & Flourish campaign the “final number” is the renovation and expansion of Rose Auditorium. Serving as the home for Morning Meeting and the locale for hundreds of artistic productions since 1965, the auditorium is the much-anticipated final capital improvement project to be funded by Rise & Flourish.

Despite its reputation as “the heart of Newark Academy," Rose Auditorium has not kept pace in terms of NA’s enrollment growth or in the areas of acoustics, lighting and theatrical technology.  For the past several years, seating for Morning Meeting has been “standing room only” and the increasingly talented NA actors, singers, dancers and musicians have seen performances limited only by the quality of the facility.

Planning for the Rose Auditorium project will be led by the Properties Committee of the Board of Trustees with input from the NA administration and the Arts Department faculty. Early concepts of the project (photos on right) include an enlarged lobby and seating for approximately 750.

As with the previous three capital projects funded through Rise & Flourish, work on Rose Auditorium will not begin until the Middle School project is fully funded and 50 percent of the cost of the auditorium is secured through gifts and pledges. Early estimates for the project are in the range of $4.5 to $5 million.

Alumni, parents and friends interested in learning more about naming gift opportunities for Rose Auditorium should contact Alisa Laudicina, Senior Advancement Officer for Major Gifts at 973-992-7000, ext. 309 or via email: alaudicina@newarka.edu