A Brief History of Spotlighters Theatre
The Audrey Herman SPOTLIGHTERS has been a part of the Baltimore Theatre Community since 1962. Originally created as part of Mayor Grady's StageCrafters' Project within the Parks and Recreation Department in 1958, SPOTLIGHTERS was born when the program ended in 1962.
For more than 37 years the theatre flourished under the leadership and artistic vision of Audrey Herman. Ms. Herman's program of presenting a new show every month allowed for a wide variety of productions and many opportunities for directors, designers and actors to experience SPOTLIGHTERS' intimate setting.
Following Audrey's death in 1999, the theatre began its transition into a Maryland Public Charity, a recognized 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Several alumni of SPOTLIGHTERS, who had their first theatre experience on this stage, have gone on to receive Tony Awards, Emmy Awards, Obie Awards, and Academy Award nominations. This list includes, David Drake - Obie Award for "The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me" and Howard Rollins, Jr. - Academy Award nomination for his role of Colehouse Walker in the movie "Ragtime", and his television role of Virgil Tibbs with Carroll O'Connor in "In the Heat of the Night".
Today, SPOTLIGHTERS Theatre seeks to continue Audrey's vision of providing a variety of quality theatre and many opportunities for new artists to develop and refine their skills. SPOTLIGHTERS also continues to offer opportunities to new directors, designers and actors to test their skills in our intimate space.
In 2007 Spotlighters swept the Baltimore Broadway World Readers' Choice Awards:-
Best Musical: Assassins
Best Comedy: Fat Pig
Best Drama: Angels in America - Perestroika
Favorite Community Theatre.
The YOUNG ACTORS' ACADEMY is one of the programs that seeks to provide theatre instruction and training to new artists. High School students from the Baltimore metro area are eligible to attend this five week theatre intensive and receive over 130 hours of theatre training and participate in a full scale production in the fall season.
Through generous support from our individual partners, corporate donors, and local government and private grant foundations, Spotlighters has completed over $50,000 in renovations to the theatre: a fully modernized and updated dressing and greenroom, new seating and accessibility for our theatre, and a new upgraded Lighting Control System and Grid.
Plans are being developed for future renovations that will include making the theatre accessible to all by installation of a wheelchair lift and upgrades to the theatre restrooms.
For more information on any of SPOTLIGHTERS programs or productions, or to donate to support the exceptional work of Spotlighters, please speak with FUZZ Roark (Executive Director). You may telephone FUZZ at 410-752-1225 or email at FUZZ@spotlighters.org.
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