Tamara Jenkins and Jay Montgomery, founders of Staten Island's Harbor Lights Theater Company.
Tamara Jenkins and Jay Montgomery, founders of Staten Island's Harbor Lights Theater Company.
(photo provided by Harbor Lights Theater Company)

Tamara Jenkins and Jay Montgomery, founders of Staten Island's Harbor Lights Theater Company, will shut down their New York operations as they prepare for a move to Chicago at the end of this month.

The Harbor Lights Theater Company was the first and to date remains the only Equity theater company in the history of Staten Island. Since founding the organization in 2010, Jenkins and Montgomery built a bridge from Broadway to Staten Island, featuring 29 productions starring over 100 Broadway veterans.

Over 25,000 Staten Islanders attended their productions, a list that includes Rent, The Music Man, Driving Miss Daisy, The King and I, Lombardi, West Side Story, and others.

"We want to thank everyone who was part of the Harbor Lights' family over the last eight years, and we wish you all the very best," Montgomery said in a statement.