Larry Lowenstein - Class of 1955
Larry Lowenstein graduated from Asbury Park High School in 1955. He considered his years at Asbury formative, memorable, and fun. After graduating, he attended the University of Miami from 1955 to 1957, Monmouth College from 1957 to 1959, where he received a BA, and then received an MA from New York University in 1965.
After a brief career as an actor's agent, he was hired by Penn State University to teach English at its Wilkes Barre Campus, where he started his directing career. This was 1961 to 1965. Eager to return to New Jersey, he accepted a job teaching and directing at Newark State College, now Kean College from 1966 to 1969. Wanting to be back home in Monmouth County, he joined the then fledgling Brookdale Community College in 1969 during its first year. Together with his dear friend and colleague Nina Garcia, they became the Theatre department for over thirty years.
Larry directed over one hundred productions at Brookdale, developed and taught Theatre Appreciation, Acting 1, Acting 2, Acting 4, The Creative Process, Modern American Plays and The Broadway Musical both as a classroom course and a sixteen week radio show on WBJB, Brookdale's own station. During his summer "vacations", Larry wrote a series of club acts based on Broadway composers and directed and narrated several evening performances based on the Broadway songbook.
Active in the community, Larry organized, produced and directed musicals for the Deal Summer Theatre from 1964 to 1968. He directed Follies at the Axelrod theatre in 2006. He served on the Board of Directors of the Count Basie Theatre, the Axelrod Theatre for the Performing arts, the Ocean Beach Club, and 180 Turning Lives Around for over eleven years. Larry enjoyed serving on the APHS reunion committees for the class of '55 from 2005 through 2010.
The favorite shows Larry directed include Picnic, The Boys in the Band, Death of A Salesman, The Diary of Anne Frank, and Gypsy. He also counts as favorites the show he directed with his beautiful wife Laurie such as She Loves Me, The Night of the Iguana, Same Time New Year, The Miracle Worker, Pal Joey, Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf, A Streetcar Names Desire and Long Day's Journey into Night
Larry is co-creator and director of an original musical, Reach For The Stars for which he has high hopes.
In 2010, The Axelrod Performing Arts Center honored him with the Axelrod Award for artistic excellence and contributions to the cultural life of the community.
A favorite quote that describes Larry's life and career is "Rainbows I'm inclined to pursue".