Faculty & Staff

Denyse Reed
Director of Development
Dean's Office

Denyse is beyond thrilled to join Rutgers University Foundation as the Director of Development at Mason Gross School of the Arts. Most recently, she was the Director of Development at Two River Theater, a non-profit regional theater in Red Bank, NJ, best known for commissioning and producing the world premiere of the Tony Award Nominated musical Be More Chill by Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz. At Two River, Denyse led the development department to raise almost $2.5million annually from corporations, foundations, government agencies, individuals, events, and capital campaigns. Throughout the pandemic, Denyse and her team were able to increase contributed revenue by establishing new strategies including a virtual play reading benefit series, several multi-channel giving campaigns, and securing some six –seven figure major gifts from long-time donors and patrons. She has previously built and led the development department at Film Forum in New York City and was the Manager, Institutional Giving at Theatre Development Fund (TDF).She earned her CFRE (Certified Fundraising Executive) credential in 2015 and was a former member of AFP-NYC and the Professional Advancement committee. Currently, she is the Chair of the New Jersey Theater Alliance’s Development Roundtable series, a member of the AFP-NJ chapter, and sits on the Board of Managers for the South Mountain YMCA. She earned her MFA in directing from The Actors Studio Drama School at New School University and a BFA in acting from Montclair State University. She lives in Maplewood with her husband R.J. and daughter Rosie.