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The World’s a Stage for Awarded Theater Prof.

Author: Larry Hlavenka/Monday, March 3, 2014/Categories: Bergen College

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PARAMUS, N.J. – This is no act. 

For his support of the arts, the Skyline Theatre Company recognized Bergen Community College performing arts professor Jim Bumgardner, of Upper Nyack, N.Y., as its 2014 Horizon Award honoree at the group’s annual “Concert of Stars” gala Feb. 28 at the George Frey Center for Arts and Recreation.

“Jim has become a tremendous supporter of Skyline in the past few years,” Sam Scalamoni, Skyline’s artistic director, said. “Inviting Skyline to be distinguished artists at Bergen and guiding many students to our apprentice program, Jim has had a great impact on Skyline and its programs.”

In addition to teaching at Bergen, Bumgardner produces “Bergenstages,” the College’s theater production series each year. Bumgardner earned an M.F.A. in directing from Sarah Lawrence College and a B.A. in theatre and romance languages from St. Andrews University. 

“I am very humbled and flattered to be receiving this award,” he said.  “The wonderful work that the Skyline Theatre brings to Bergen County is truly award enough.  I look forward to many, many more years of collaboration between Bergen Community College and the Skyline Theatre Company.”

Founded in 2001 by a group of New Jersey artists and business professionals, Skyline is dedicated to bringing quality theatre productions and educational outreach to Bergen County. Skyline’s mission is to bring together professional artists to create quality theatre that entertains and inspires our audiences. Through scholarship and education programs, the company makes a clear commitment to the education of young people in all aspects of the arts. For more information on the group, visit

Bergen Community College ( based in Paramus is a public two-year coeducational college, enrolling nearly 17,000 students at locations in Paramus, the Philip J. Ciarco Jr. Learning Center in Hackensack and Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands in Lyndhurst. The College offers associate degree, certificate and continuing education programs in a variety of fields.

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