FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 9, 2016
New York, NY – Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre, and Blue Star Families, the country’s largest chapter-based military families non-profit organization, presented a Blue Star Theatres event for military families on Sunday, January 24th. Held from 1:00-2:30pm CT by The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis’ Imaginary Theatre Company at the American Legion Hall in Mascoutah, IL, this event included remarks by Steven Woolf, artistic director, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis; Teresa Eyring, executive director, Theatre Communications Group; Lieutenant Colonel David Jones, U.S. Army; and Liz Jones, program administration fellow, Blue Star Families. The event featured a performance of a new version of Goldilocks, with a book by Sarah Brandt, music and lyrics by Neal Richardson, and direction by Larry Schmidt.
“It was so moving to witness the power of theatre through the eyes of the children of our military families—many of whom were seeing a play for the first time,” said Teresa Eyring, executive director, TCG. “It was also inspiring to watch two institutions with deep roots in the St. Louis area—The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and Scott Air Force Base—working together in service of their shared community.”
In a partnership between TCG and Blue Star Families, with leadership support from MetLife Foundation, Blue Star Theatres supports a variety of theatre offerings to military personnel and their families across the United States. This initiative recognizes the profound contributions of service families and seeks to build stronger connections among theatres, military families, and their communities through unique programming, special discounts, and more. 151 theatres in 35 states have now joined the Blue Star Theatres program.
Steven Woolf, Artistic Director, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, said, “At The Rep we are committed to bringing live theatre to all audiences. We are thrilled that this Imaginary Theatre Company performance allowed these military families to share the magic of the theatre experience.”
“Programs like Blue Star Theatres connect our local military and civilian communities and offer families fun and enriching activities to enjoy together,” said Kathy Roth-Douquet, CEO, Blue Star Families. “We are excited about the growth of the program thanks to the generous support of the MetLife Foundation and the contributions of TCG and the growing number of theatres across the country.”
One hundred and fifty-one TCG Member Theatres have signed on to participate in Blue Star Theatres. To find the full list, visit: http://www.tcg.org/Advocacy/BlueStarTheatres.aspx.
Founded in 1966, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis is a fully professional theatrical operation belonging to the League of Resident Theatres, The League of St. Louis Theatres and is a constituent member of Theatre Communications Group, Inc., the national service organization for the not-for-profit professional theatre. It operates independently of, but under a mutually beneficial agreement with, Webster University. The Rep operates under an agreement between the League of Resident Theatres and Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. The Rep hires directors and choreographers who are members of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers and stagehands who are members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. Financial assistance for this theatre has been provided by the Arts and Education Council of Greater St. Louis; the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission and the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. The Rep is also grateful for support by more than 1,100 generous individuals, families, corporations and foundations throughout the communities we serve.
Blue Star Families is a national, nonprofit network of military families from all ranks and services, including guard and reserve, dedicated to supporting, connecting, and empowering military families. With our partners, Blue Star Families hosts a robust array of morale and empowerment programs, including Books on Bases, Blue Star Museums, Operation Honor Corps, Blue Star Careers, and Operation Appreciation. Blue Star Families also works directly with the Department of Defense and senior members of local, State, and Federal government to bring the most important military family issues to light. Working in concert with fellow nonprofits, community advocates, and public officials, Blue Star Families raises awareness of the challenges and strengths of military family life and works to make military life more sustainable. Our worldwide membership includes military spouses, children, parents, and friends, as well as service members, veterans, and civilians. For more information visit bluestarfamilies.org, facebook.com/bluestarfamilies, or twitter.com/BlueStarFamily.
MetLife Foundation was created in 1976 to continue MetLife’s long tradition of corporate contributions and community involvement. Today, the Foundation is dedicated to advancing financial inclusion, committing $200 million over the next five years to help build a secure future for individuals and communities around the world. MetLife Foundation is affiliated with MetLife, Inc, a leading global provider of insurance, annuities, and employee benefit programs, serving 90 million customers. Through its subsidiaries and affiliates, MetLife holds leading market positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. For more information, visit www.metlife.org.
For over 50 years, Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for the American theatre, has existed to strengthen, nurture, and promote the professional not-for-profit American theatre. TCG’s constituency has grown from a handful of groundbreaking theatres to nearly 700 member theatres and affiliate organizations and more than 12,000 individuals nationwide. TCG offers its members networking and knowledge-building opportunities through conferences, events, research, and communications; awards grants, approximately $2 million per year, to theatre companies and individual artists; advocates on the federal level; and serves as the U.S. Center of the International Theatre Institute, connecting its constituents to the global theatre community. TCG is North America’s largest independent publisher of dramatic literature, with 14 Pulitzer Prizes for Best Play on the TCG booklist. It also publishes the award-winning American Theatre magazine and ARTSEARCH®, the essential source for a career in the arts. In all of its endeavors, TCG seeks to increase the organizational efficiency of its member theatres, cultivate and celebrate the artistic talent and achievements of the field, and promote a larger public understanding of, and appreciation for, the theatre. www.tcg.org.