I haven’t quite made good on updating this blog more frequently. But I haven’t let two years pass again either, so this isn’t so bad.
The year 2010 brought a few changes for me. Rather than working on several consulting projects, one project has become nearly full time for me. In February, I became involved in helping to develop an after-school theater program for the Consolidated School District of New Britain at Trinity-on-Main Performance Center in downtown New Britain. Within a short time, this project developed into New Britain Youth Theater. By March, I was not only incorporating NBYT, but had become Executive Producing Director.
With the support of the school district, fiscal sponsorship from Vision New Britain, Inc., and funding from the Greater New Britain Arts Alliance and the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain, NBYT is now conducting programs in three New Britain elementary schools. A program for homeschool students is held weekly at Trinity-on-Main. Beginning in January, acting classes will be offered on Saturday mornings for ages 4 to 12. Summer programs—which began small in 2010—will also expand in 2011.
Productions have also begun at NBYT. Earlier this month, we produced A Children’s Christmas Carol with thirty children from New Britain and ten other Connecticut towns. NBYT’s spring production is going to be Babe, the Sheep-Pig, based on the book that also inspired the movie Babe. In its first nine months alone, NBYT has already served over three hundred kids!
Aside from New Britain Youth Theater, I’m also an approved consultant for the Peer Advisor Network (PAN) program of the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism. The Commission also invited me to serve on a grant review panel for arts project support grants. My work with the Commission is a relationship that I hope will continue to grow.
Here’s hoping that 2010 was as good to all of you, and wishing that 2011 will be a strong, successful year for the arts!