STANJ is the voice of advocacy for the inclusion of speech and theater arts in educational curricula. The association includes volunteer members from elementary, middle, high school, college and professional theatre who are interested in acting, directing, musical theater, technical theater, communication media, and theater education. Members may attend two PD workshops per year as well as presentations at the NJEA Convention. Their students may participate in the Governor’s Awards Theatre Competition in the areas of monologues, scenes and improvisation. First-place winners are honored at a ceremony held in Trenton. A college theater scholarship is also offered.