FORESTBURGH, NY — The Forestburgh Theatre Arts Center (FTAC) Producing Director Norman Duttweiler has announced that the local not-for-profit performing arts organization will receive two state arts grants to support its work of bringing live theatre to both summer audiences and local high schools students. These are the first The New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) grants the theatre company has ever been awarded.
In the Theatre/Professional Performances category, FTAC will receive a two-year grant of $5,000 ($2,500 for both 2011 and 2012) in support of the summer season of plays and musicals at the Forestburgh Playhouse. In the Arts Education/In-School Program category, Forestburgh Theatre Arts Center will receive $11,000 for its educational theatre program that brought a professional production of Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie” to Monticello High School and seven other area high schools this past October. Interactive student workshops presented with the production were developed by the Forestburgh Theatre Arts Center in consultation with the IABP Educational Consultant Group.
“We are thrilled at this award and honored with the recognition and the confidence that NYSCA has shown in the quality of our work here in Sullivan County. A grant of this magnitude confirms what patrons of the Playhouse and clients of our educational programs have known for some time: the Forestburgh Theatre Arts Center produces first rate professional theatre right here in Sullivan County,” said FTAC Artistic Director Ron Nash. Duttweiler said, “While we feel we have worked hard to deserve these grants, we are very mindful of the efforts of Governor Cuomo and our local state representatives, State Senator John J. Bonacic, and Assemblywoman Aileen M. Gunther, in helping to procure these grant dollars not just for the Forestburgh Theatre Arts Center, but really for the benefit of the residents of Sullivan and Orange counties. Organizations like ours significantly improve the quality of life of our citizens, and we are grateful for their support.”
The FTAC educational theatre program, also known as the New Audience Project (NAP), brings live theatre to area high schools in the fall, and is now in its fourth year. Since 2008, NAP has presented productions of “The Miracle Worker,’ “Inherit the Wind,” “Romeo and Juliet” and “The Glass Menagerie” to well over 10,000 area students. The fall 2012 production will be announced shortly.
The Forestburgh Playhouse will embark upon its 66th season in 2012, making it the oldest professional summer theatre in New York State. On the main stage in 2012, the Forestburgh Theatre Arts Center will present “Guys and Dolls,” “Legally Blonde,” “The Rocky Horror Show,” “West Side Story,” “The Sound of Music,” “Barefoot in the Park” and “Murder among Friends,” featuring M*A*S*H star Loretta Swit. Children’s theatre productions will include “The Little Mermaid,” “Tarzan and the Ruby of Ropar” and “Sleeping Beauty.” Additional information is available at FBplayhouse.org.