Being a theater administrator is like being a parent of multiple sets of quintuplets. Up at all hours with unexpected challenges, celebrating benchmarks with glitter and cake, being really thrifty, drying tears, and giving - and receiving - many, many hugs. You form close, family-like bonds with the people you work with, and we are thrilled to announce an exciting collaboration with our dear friends at Island Shakespeare Festival.
For decades WCT has brought theater to the young people in this community through vital teen programs like The 3rd Street Players and, more recently, Second Sunday, our expanded training program for high schoolers. We’ve worked hard to revitalize our program to challenge and inspire the young adults who want to take their theater skills to the next level. This past summer, the executive boards of ISF and WCT came together to bring Classic Conservatory for Young Adults (CCYA) to WCT.
Moving CCYA from ISF to WCT achieves some very significant and wonderful things:
* We’re listening! WCT and ISF Board & Staff care deeply about our participants and our donors. We are committed to what’s best for our community. Young adults need quality theater programs like CCYA, and the limited resources of both non-profit theater companies want to make the best, most appropriate and relevant use of donor contributions.
* Theater programming for youth is WCT’s mission. It is our singular focus and what we fundraise for.
* The roots of CCYA are firmly footed in WCT’s long history of youth theater programming, including the participation of CCYA founder Eric Mulholland (who worked for WCT in AD/ED capacities), and many ISF company members like Olena Hodges, Ahna Dunn-Wilder, Zora Lungren, Matt Bell and more... We even share a Tech Director!
* We have hosted CCYA auditions each year, and rehearsals for their inaugural show, The Importance of Being Earnest were held at WCT. It’s familiar territory!The continuation of the CCYA program is important to both companies, and to our community of young adults. It is an effective, dynamic program and CCYA fans can rest assured that WCT does not intend to modify it.
This is a true collaboration. WCT & ISF are thrilled to be working together to continue bringing outstanding theater to all ages, to honor our donors and implement our missions for the health of our community!