“Community Theatre is professional theatre rooted in a particular community. “There is a certain obligation that community theatre is held to because of the personal and physical connection to its own community and the people within that community. Community theatre is understood to contribute to the social capital of a community, insofar as it develops the skills, community spirit, and artistic sensibilities of those who participate, whether as producers or audience members.”
NEW FOR 2023!
We have created a new Community Theatre Network for community theatres in the Coastal Fairfield County region. The objective is to provide a space for community theatre professionals to collaborate and exchange experiences and ideas with each other. Quarterly gatherings will offer time to learn and grow from each other.
All community theatres in the Coastal Fairfield County region are welcome to join. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
November 1st Meeting at The Wilton Playshop at 6pm. Agenda to be determined.
The first convening of the Community Theatre Network was at Downtown Cabaret Theatre in Bridgeport on Jan 20th. Participants included:
Center Stage Shelton
Downtown Cabaret Theatre
Fairfield Center Stage
Greenwich Theatre Company
League of Professional Women – CT Chapter
Ridgefield Theater Barn
Square One Theatre
Westport Community Theatre
We had a lively discussion about:
● Subscription and flex ticketing models
● Demographic changes
● Grant and data challenges
● The social and economic value of the arts to the community
● Ways that community theatres can lift each other up & More
More information in January Report
The second convening was at Curtain Call in Stamford on April 18th. The discussion focused on equity. We welcomed new participants:
Crystal Theatre: Cheryl Kemeny
Ridgefield Theater Barn: Board member Lisa Hobbs
Town Players of New Canaan: Deborah Burke and Patricia Spugani
Wilton Playshop: Laura Ploss
More information in April Report
The third convening was hosted by Center Stage, Shelton on August 1, 11am-1pm. The discussion featured guest speaker Erika Wesley, Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at The Westport Country Playhouse, with a focus on strategies for developing and implementing equity in the daily activities of theatres.
To become a member of the Community Theatre Network, and be part of our growing community, sign up as a member of the Cultural Alliance. Stay informed of all our news and resources with the Organization Newsletter.
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