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Caseen Gaines is an author, director, educator, and popular culture historian.

He is the author of Inside Pee-wee's Playhouse: The Untold, Unauthorized, and Unpredictable Story of a Pop Phenomenon, the 2012 Independent Publisher Book Award Silver Medal winner in the Popular Culture / Leisure category. It received positive reviews from Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, and journalists from The Village Voice, In Touch Weekly, The A.V. Club.

His second book, A Christmas Story: Behind the Scenes of a Holiday Classic, was released in fall of 2013 to critical praise. His third book, We Don't Need Roads, will take a look at the Back to the Future trilogy. It will be released in 2015 through Plume, an imprint of the Penguin Group USA.

As co-founder and co-artistic director of Hackensack Theatre Company, Gaines has directed critically acclaimed productions of The Rocky Horror Show, Dreamgirls, Cabaret, and Rent. He was nominated for a Perry Award for Outstanding Direction of a Play by the New Jersey Association of Community Theaters (NJACT) for his work on the company’s 2013 production of August Wilson’s Fences.

Hackensack Theatre Company's performances have played to thousands in New York metropolitan area and raised thousands of dollars for various charities including Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and Shelter-Our-Sisters.

He holds a B.A. in American Studies, Journalism and Media Studies, and English from Rutgers University-New Brunswick and a Master’s in American Studies from Rutgers University-Newark.

Gaines can most frequently be seen in the classroom where he teaches high school English and an adjunct professor in the American Studies department at Rutgers University-New Brunswick.

His CV is available here.


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