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Grand Opening Celebrations for the Drama League Theater Center

May 29, 2013


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On Thursday May 23, our house officially became a home.  Following the reading of the mayoral proclamation and some impassioned speeches, a clean slice of the ribbon declared us Open for Business!

Tony award winner Judith Light was on hand to help us mark the momentous occasion. Before cutting the ribbon, she spoke to the enthusiastic crowd about the importance of arts education and the  need for dedicated space for the development of work in New York City.  She said of the Drama League, “in a troubling economy, they have bucked the trend and actually expanded their programming.  Thanks to the people in this room, they’ve created a beautiful creative space that will help the artists who need it most.  They have refused to be deterred, and doubled-down on their unparalleled support for young directors and their playwrights, actors, and design collaborators”.

Joining her to launch the space were many major contributors to the Create The Space campaign, including those who endowed essential components of the Theater Center: Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley, Jill and Martin Handelsman, and Joseph and Lauren Pizza. The fabulous after-party was held at Parlor, and we thank them for their wonderful hospitality.

To rent the Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley Studio Lab for your next rehearsal, workshop, meeting, audition, reading or class, email studiolab@dramaleague.org.  Rental rates are highly competitive, with discounts available for Drama League members and Directors Project alumni.  In the words of Ms. Light, the Drama League Theater Center is ”a developmental space, free from commercial restraints. Which means that the creative minds are free to dream, to dare, to experiment, and yes, even to fail.  Because that’s the only way to make masterpieces.  Great works of art require safe space.  And this is first one I’ve ever seen dedicated to a most elusive, necessary element of theater – the vision of directors”. We hope you will come and visit our new home soon!

 

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