Ambassador of dance

Community Engagement Producer Eyesha Marable is recognized for her volunteer accomplishments.


“This is a happy task,” commented NJPAC President and CEO John Schreiber before announcing that Community Engagement Producer Eyesha Marable would be this year’s recipient of the M. John Richard/NJPAC Community Service Award.


Presiding over the 10th annual ceremony on November 19, the award’s namesake and his wife, Lynne, beamed as Marable recalled living in Newark’s Society Hill development and witnessing the implosion of Military Park Hotel to clear the way for the Arts Center. “I said, ‘I want to work there someday,’” she recalled.


A warm, welcoming advocate for NJPAC on campus and out in the community, the Rev. Marable is celebrating 29 years of spreading the ministry of dance here and abroad. She founded the National Liturgical Dance Network, which trains and supports dance ministers, and serves as Coordinator of Dance for the First Episcopal District of the African Methodist Church. Locally, she is the Supply Pastor of the Mt. Zion AME Church in Millburn and teaches dance at Bethany Baptist Church’s Community Health and Dance every Monday in Newark.


A former professional dancer with Footprints Dance Company, Forces of Nature Dance Theatre and Showtime at the Apollo, she has shared the stage with LL Cool J, R. Kelly and gospel artists like Donald Malloy. To see her perform with other liturgical dancers in Prudential Lobby or conduct a dance workshop for children is, in a word, uplifting.


Because she grew up an only child, Marable said she considers NJPAC staffers and volunteers to be part of her family. Schreiber described her as being “at home anywhere she goes.”


M. John Richard, NJPAC’s former COO, retires this year as the leader of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, where he worked for the last decade. He established the award to encourage the NJPAC team to become active and dedicated “ambassadors” in their communities. Those honored receive a $2,000 gift ($1,000 from NJPAC, $500 from the Richards and $500 from Schreiber) for a non-profit organization of their choice. John and Lynne Richard also generously support NJPAC’s efforts to prioritize professional development.


Nov. 26, 2018