As some of you my know, for the last 22 years (yikes!) I’ve worked for the CUNY/Creative Arts Team, a company that uses theater as a teaching tool.
One of the programs CAT offers is a Youth Theater. Launched in the summer of 1995, I was their first stage manager/costume designer/set designer/prop creator/light board operator/administrator and chief bottle washer. I quickly realized I was supporting a program that was doing something I’d never seen before: create theater from the ideas of the participants. In this case, a bunch of high school students from diverse backgrounds with very eclectic theater experience. There was no audition – there simply was an interview and an expectation that they would show up and “make some theater about something they were interested in.”
It was a mind-opening summer.
20 years later, the CAT Youth Theater is thriving.
It’s expanded to include both a high school and junior high school program… and it’s still offered at no cost to participants.
But, of course, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t cost CUNY/CAT.
From June 1-10th we’re running a Razoo Youth Theater fundraiser. I’m heading the Production Staff group (aka“Those Who Wear Black”). Our group goal is to raise $1000. The overall goal of the campaign is to raise $30,000.
I hope you’ll consider supporting the program. Any gift will be greatly appreciated.
You can donate online through this LINK.
If you’d rather send a check, please make it out to the Creative Arts Team and send it to
Attn. Maureen Donohue
CUNY-Creative Arts Team
101 West 31st Street, 6th Floor
NY NY 10001
Thank you for your time.
We’ll be getting back to our regularly scheduled programming in a bit….