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Causes: Arts & Culture, Ballet

Mission: The Emerson Theater Collaborative’s mission is to serve youth, under-represented communities and artists with an emphasis on diversity, by producing innovative and exhilarating theater in Southeastern Connecticut and Sedona Arizona. ETC explores timely themes and issues through new, original works and modern theatrical classics. We develop and nurture both emerging and professional artists, and collaborate with the Emerson College network of alumni and students. Our goals include reaching inner city youth through educational theatrical programming, to support our local communities by providing free admission to our performances to low-income families and donating profits to humanitarian causes.

Target demographics: Children and adults reach their goals at whatever they wish. Theater provides an avenue to be able to communicate and change the world as we see it.

Direct beneficiaries per year: to serve over 500 community members

Geographic areas served: Developing and producing innovative theater with a focus on diversity, youth, and the under-represented with both emerging and professional artists.

Programs: Educational Outreach Theatrical Programming, Theatrical Productions.

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Camilla Ross, President of Emerson Theater Collaborative, invited me to bring my one-woman multimedia production, "Beatrix Potter and Peter Rabbit," to Mystic, Connecticut in September 2012. My play was embraced by the professionalism of ETC. Their lighting of my show along with set suggestions, greatly improved my show. What meant the most was the sincere encouragement given me as a late blooming artist from Emerson College.

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a founding board member I have found ETC to be a provocative theater which tackles important timely social issues. Emerson Theater Collaborative children's summer programs help nurture young and inspiring actors and the shows never fail to entertain.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

As a graphic designer, I collaborated with Camilla Ross and the Emerson Theater Collaborative on several pieces that were done in a timely and concise manner. Their topics, plays and collaborations are creative and relevant.
MargoBdesignLLC
Sedona, AZ

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have had the opportunity to work with Camilla Ross on a project. What she does for the community and the kids is amazing. She is hard-working and cares deeply about the Arts. Too many kids are missing the opportunity to know theater because the Arts are being removed from the schools. Here is one person making a HUGE impact on community, kids and theater.

Dev Ross

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am an award winning writer who has worked in theater, television and film with my primary focus being youth and families. Having moved from Los Angeles to a small town - Sedona, Arizona - many years ago, I have seen many theaters come and go here. They have been big on ideas and, unfortunately, short on skill and follow through. But now we have The Emerson Theater Collaborative, a thoroughly professional organization that knows how to serve our community. I've been nothing but impressed and look forward to more creative collaboration with Camilla Ross.

Lottie B. S.

Donor

Rating: 4

I have attended productions of Emerson Theatre Collaborative Inc. I am so impressed with the acting and the subject matter. I was thrilled to learn of the reading of the work of Zora Neale Hurston. The area can benefit from this artistic work. Camilla and her group is doing a wonderful job and I support their fully and would like to see ETC grow. Lottie B. Scott

Yohanna F.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I played the role of "Ginny" in the phenomenal play by Jeffrey Sweet, "Court Martial at Fort Devens," produced and directed by the Emerson Theater Collaborative (ETC) in the Spring of 2012. I got the chance to meet and perform for the playwright, Jeffrey Sweet, and it was all because of ETC!!! That was my first experience meeting and performing for a playwright. Throughout the production, I felt at home with ETC and was embraced as family. In fact, ETC is a family! All the elements that make up theatre is carefully crafted by ETC members from the set (designed and constructed by ETC) to the costume and lighting. ETC is composed of a group of dedicated professionals who give themselves to the task of putting together thought-provoking and meaningful plays that touch the soul. "Court Martial at Fort Devens" was one of these plays. It was a pleasure working with the Emerson Theater Collaborative!!!!

Stephanie53

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had an amazing time working with ETC. They are a wonderful organization and a pleasure to work with. I learned so much about myself and grew as an Artist as well as fellowshipped with other amazing people. They are very professional as well as organized and they treat you as family. My experience was a wonderful one that I will forever cherish.

Board Member

Rating: 5

ETC is a stella organization. It has grown over the past few years into a driving force in the local theater community. ETC not only produces cutting edge shows but encourages actors to develop their love and passion for acting. I am proud to serve on this board.

Judith8

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I think the work ETC is doing is courageous, thoughtful and creative. They have the best after show talkbacks and discussions. They really make an effort to move their audience and to encourage and inspire a conversation about what took place on the stage, and what the audience feels about it. They do socially relevant plays that make a statement about the society we live in, and go to the trouble of making sure they have an impact on their audiences. They employ wonderful talent and provide opportunities for creative professionals to express themselves. They give emerging talent a chance to see their work and further develop as artists. This is an organization that is really worth supporting, they make the community they live in and the world a much better place by making a very big effort. I wish there were more theatre companies like them. Keep up the good work ETC!

Jacques L.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Working on a shoe-string budget and effectively mobilizing their volunteer base, Emerson Theater Collaborative has managed to pull off a myriad of daunting production challenges including many world premieres. Added bonus, their work helps raise funds and awareness about partnering organizations. ETC's commitment to serving youth is impressive, too. A great theater to support!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Emerson Theater Collaborative is a growing theatre company with a strong focus on outreach to the surrounding community. Their productions are excellent & always have a focus that inspires conversation and change. I would recommend anyone to keep an eye on their upcoming productions!!!! --Steve Sherman, NYC

Laura72

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Great organization! My daughter was in The Big Bank show. This organization is well organized and being part of a show with them is a ton of fun. They put out the most incredible shows in these small venues. Truly a delight!!