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ACTORS THEATRE OF PHOENIX
January 17, 2011

I "discovered" Actors Theatre 23 years ago. Then, it was an entertaining Black Box theatre company. It has been incredible to have been experienced the productions year after year. While, even I do not love every play, I do love seeing the performers who have done multiple productions for us grow, yet maintain their own identity despite the varying roles.

I also have been challenged many times thru the years by the social messages delivered by some of our performances. It is difficult to be bothered by a particular social commentary, yet still be entertained. Actors Theatre has provided this for me and the many guests I have brought thru the years.

It has been quite a journey from the perspective of a long time board member. I have learned much about the Performing Arts world. I have met some wonderfully talented performers and committed staff, and I have been troubled by the effects of our economic times. However, here we are, in our 25th year, striving to improve the stability of our company without sacrificing the quality we have been identified with by our growing audience.

Lastly, I must admit to being as smitten by live theatre as I was as a child and as a new subscriber to Actors Theatre. The work that the performers and techies create is still as magical as ever.

Please join me in celebrating our 25th year and become part of our Actors Theatre family

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my own maturity as a theatre goer.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

See Actors Theatre build a bigger and influential board, and grow into its own space, with two stages, room for admin offices, prop/costume and set shops and an expanded program.

MY ROLE:
Board Member & I have tried to expose more and more people to the joys of Actors Theatre.