Oakwood Summer Theatre Company, Inc. was founded by Bill Donald in 1981. It grew out of a very strong high school drama program called Ram Theatre at Salem High School. The summer productions provided students, former students, and other interested adults with an outlet to hone their acting or theater production skills. When Bill Donald left Salem, Tom Mason took over as managing director of Oakwood Summer Theatre in 1987. For most of the life of the company, productions were held at Salem High School. Since 1997, Oakwood Summer Theatre has been in residence at the Salem Community College. Oakwood Summer Theatre, a division of Oakwood Theatre Companies Inc, is Salem County’s longest running community theatre program. In the past 40 years, over 100,000 people have enjoyed our quality productions we strive to provide year after year!
As the longest running community theatre in Salem County, Oakwood Summer Theatre has been staging innovative, unique, and accessible theatrical performances of classic and modern productions for our audiences. Our mission is to further the advancement of theater in rural South Jersey by fostering, encouraging and developing a public appreciation of theatre and by providing recreational activities for participants.
This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, through the Salem County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and the Salem County Cultural and Heritage Commission.