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THEATRECARES

TheatreWorks Florida's acclaimed community outreach program, THEATRECARES, provides increased opportunities to those who may never have the chance to engage in the art of live performance.

BACKGROUND

The TheatreCares program was launched in 2014 when TheatreWorks Florida received an unprecedented invitation from the National Endowment for The Arts to become the Central Florida representative for their program Arts Engagement in American Communities (AEAC). The AEAC mission to ‘increase understanding by enhancing the arts experience through engagement’ aligned perfectly with TheatreWorks Florida’s community outreach vision and the inaugural TheatreCares production, Winter Wonderettes, was born. To date, TheatreCares has received EIGHT awards from the National Endowment for the Arts.

THEATRECARES OVERVIEW 2019-20:   View  |  Download 

MISSION

To provide a unique outreach program that promotes accessibility and lifelong learning in the realm of the performing arts by providing full-scale theatrical experiences for audiences who are physically, emotionally, financially, socially or geographically challenged and may otherwise not have the opportunity to embrace and engage in the art of a live performance.

DIVERSITY & INCLUSION COMMITMENT

TheatreWorks Florida commits to enhancing their company and the communities it serves by making the very important issue of Diversity and Inclusion an integral part of their everyday operations. From unique programming for underserved communities of culture to providing resources for working, playing and learning about Diversity and Inclusion, our goal is to promote the natural development and advancement of underserved groups in the theatre arts with a harassment and bullying free environment.

IMMEDIATE HIRE: CULTUREWORKS

There are no immediate positions available at this time. Please check back soon

CURRENT 2021-22 PROGRAMS


TheatreWorks Florida is a "Covid Conscious Company". We're Safe. You're Safe.


FREE and FUN? OH YES! • WELCOME TO ALL OUR "COMMUNITIES OF CULTURE"!
TheatreWorks Florida is thrilled and proud to launch its newest community outreach initiative, CultureWorks, an all-inclusive theatre experience embracing the diversity of our “communities of culture”. The program offers FREE opportunities in all elements of the theatre arts in hopes the outcome will foster confident relationships with arts organizations, advancement of skills in the theatre industry and lifelong learning and participation in the creative, technical, administrative and performance roles of theatre.

CultureWorks will provide fun and exciting opportunities not only for our Black, LatinX and Asian communities but also Indigenous, LGBTQ+, women and disabled communities to experience theatre without institutional racism, discrimination, or other roadblocks stifling their creativity. If you have ever felt marginalized or under-represented in theatre, this program is for YOU! Theatre can heal, educate and empower us all to be better versions of ourselves... we are ready to be better Today than we were Yesterday!

IT'S NOT A CLASS... IT'S YOUR CHANCE TO BE IN PROFESSIONAL THEATRE!
CultureWorks will engage our communities of culture and offer theatre arts opportunities in the following areas of interest:

'Creative Voices' Theatre: Recommended for creative writers, directors, talent or anyone simply interested in the theatre.
  • Let your Voice be Heard! Through shared experiences, find common ground in a 'safe space' environment that explores all aspects of theatre. Then create an original show to present to the public for awareness of our local communities of culture and the issues they face in today’s society.
  • Location: Orange and Seminole Counties
  • Age: 13 years old and up
  • Status: Entry Level
  • Tuition: FREE
  • Participants: 20 maximum
  • Questions and more information, please email Theo Champagne at cultureworks@theatreworksfl.org
Technical Theatre: Recommended for anyone with an interest in design or technical theatre roles - experience encouraged but not required.
  • Every season, there will be opportunities to take part in 'shadow training ' with certain staff, design or technical roles in the theatre throughout the entire production process of all main stage shows.
  • Location: Polk County - Balmoral Resort-Event Center | 116 Kenny Blvd., Haines City, FL 33844
  • Age: 18 years old and up
  • Status: Intern Level
  • Hiring Contract: Required
  • Pay Stipend: Negotiated at time of hire
  • Participants: Training areas are subject to availability of theatre roles for any given show. Estimating between 1-4 participants.
  • Questions and more information, please email Scott Cook at tech@theatreworksfl.org
Performance Theatre: Recommended for singer/dancers and musicians.
  • Take to the stage for exciting professional performances in our 'Small but Mighty Musicals' Series 2021-22.
  • Location: Polk County - Balmoral Resort-Event Center | 116 Kenny Blvd., Haines City, FL 33844
  • Age: 18 years old and up
  • Status: Performance Level – audition required. For audition information CLICK HERE.
  • Hiring Contract: Required
  • Pay Salary: Offered at time of hire
  • Participants: A minimum of 5 actors and 5 musicians.
Administrative Theatre: Recommended for anyone with an interest in theatre administrative staff roles; experience encouraged but not required.
  • Learn the "business" of show while shadowing administrative roles that keep an entire company running efficiently and effectively, producing high quality, professional productions year in and year out.
  • Location: Various - possible remote work
  • Age: 18 years old and up
  • Status: Intern Level
  • Hiring Contract: Required
  • Pay Stipend: Negotiated at time of hire
  • Participants: Training areas are subject to availability of theatre roles for any given show. Estimating between 1-2 participants.
  • Questions and more information, please email Scott Cook at production@theatreworksfl.org

THE REALLY, REALLY FUN STUFF:
CultureWorks will explore Music and Theatre Arts through:
  • Creative Workshops helmed by the participants themselves
  • Hands-on training in technical and administrative job roles for Main Stage productions
  • Special Guest Artist appearances
  • Performances created by participants presented to the public
  • Arts Access Pass (2 FREE tickets to every TheatreWorks Florida event)
  • Field Trips to outside Theatre Arts events (funding pending)

PARTICIPANT RECRUITMENT: Join up now! Open enrollment all year long!

'CREATIVE VOICES' SESSIONS: Held every Saturday; 1:00PM-4:00PM

OPENING 'CREATIVE VOICES' SESSION STARTS: TBA

LOCATION: TBA

TO PARTICIPATE:
All CULTUREWORKS programs are free of charge to all participants in the Central FL region. Join us today by clicking on the button below and filling out the CULTUREWORKS 2021-22 Application form. If applying as a 'Theatre Intern' please indicate Technical or Administrative and job role you are interested in shadowing in the COMMENTS box at the bottom of the form.

You will be contacted by our professional staff with updated scheduling, workshop information and start date. PLEASE NOTE: All potential participants to the CULTUREWORKS program will undergo review by a committee and will be selected to join. There is a cap on the number of participants and not everyone who applies may make it into the program.

GET STARTED HERE
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Please call or email Abel Gonzales: 407.340.0473 | cultureworks@theatreworksfl.org


DONATE TO CULTUREWORKS TODAY!

CULTUREWORKS STAFF


PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Theodore "Teddy" Champagne (They/Them/Theirs): Teddy Champagne has been a part of the Central FL theatre community since a young age working as a performer, teaching artist, and director/music director. They hold their B.A in Theatre Arts from Stetson University, their M.A in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Central Florida and are working towards their Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Walden University. They are passionate about utilizing the arts to advocate for marginalized communities and bringing theatre into the therapeutic setting. Teddy currently works as a director/music director at Winter Springs Performing Arts and as the dean of students at Central Florida Academy of the Arts. Teddy also founded Young Artists Theatre, which focused on providing performance opportunities for young adults in the Orlando community. Teddy has worked as a teaching artist at Orlando Repertory Theatre and Orlando Shakespeare Theatre with students ages 3 through 18. As a counselor, Teddy has worked with clients of many communities of culture including autistic clients, LGBTQ+ clients, and chronically ill clients. Teddy is thrilled for the opportunity to support and advocate for marginalized communities within the theatre world through the work of CultureWorks.

CULTUREWORKS is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. Artworks. Award: Arts Engagement in American Communities 2021. The project is governed by the Title VI Civil Rights Act.

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THEATRECARES ARTS ACCESS PASS (2021-22)
The purpose of the TheatreCares Arts Access Pass program is to make the arts accessible to everyone, regardless of their ability to pay. We strive to eliminate the financial barrier that prevents families and individuals from experiencing our theatre’s vibrant and diverse live stage productions. Inclusion in the arts builds communities, inspires creativity, and increases understanding of different stories and viewpoints. In addition, exposure to the arts, early and often, builds future audiences, strengthening the economy and culture of our city.
Use your TheateCares Arts Access Pass to Reserve Free Tickets!
  • You can reserve up to 2 tickets per event using your TheatreCares Arts Access Pass. If your household has more than 2 members, you may be able to reserve up to 4 tickets, however, you must call and check availability of the event you wish to attend.
  • To reserve tickets, you must call for each event you would like to attend at least 48 hours in advance. Box office: 407.340.0473.
  • You may only use your TheatreCares Arts Access Pass once during the run of an event. The pass must be shown at the door for entry.
  • Tickets for events are limited, so you may not always get to attend the event date you choose.
  • Claim your tickets at least 20 minutes before the start of the event, or your tickets will be given away.
  • Some events are rated PG-13 or R. Check with TheatreWorks Florida to determine if the event is appropriate for your child.
  • If you cannot attend an event that you have reserved tickets for, it is very important to call ahead to cancel no later than 1 hour prior to your event time. If you fail to pick up reserved tickets, you will not be able to participate in TheatreCares Arts Access Pass program for the remainder of the season.
  • TheatreCares Arts Access Pass holders must renew their pass each year by filling out a new application.
  • For more information please call or email Abel Gonzales: 407.340.0473 | theatrecares@theatreworksfl.org.
Applying for TheateCares Arts Access Pass 2021-22
TheatreCares Arts Access Passes for Series 2021-22 are limited to 10 families total. Apply early. Approved applicants will be notified by phone by September 1, 2021 at the latest to come to TheatreWorks Florida to pick up their pass. We look forward to hearing from you and hope you will continue to check back with us often.
Eligibility For TheatreCares Arts Access Pass
  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Must currently reside in NE Polk County, FL
  • Must upload proof of an active Benefits card for one of the following:
    • Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cardholders
    • Medicaid recipients
    • Military personnel and their families
    • Individuals with physical disabilities
    • Other considerations on a case by case will be considered
Application Deadline
August 1, 2021
To Apply
Please return to this page May 1, 2021 for an application.

Do you remember your first theatre experience?
Anyone who wants to embrace the arts should never be denied that opportunity just because they don’t have enough dollars in their pocket.

We humbly ask you to support TheatreWorks Florida and TheatreCares in helping the less fortunate become enriched, empowered and transformed through the art of live theatre. Your donation today will make sure no one is left behind tomorrow. All donations are directly applied to the purchase of event tickets for the underserved in our community. Thank you for supporting the“art of changing lives” in Central FL.

COMMUNITY RESPONSE

  • "We are fortunate to have such a wonderful institution promoting the theatrical Arts in our area. I applaud your willingness to give back to our community..."

    KELLY STARGEL - Florida Senator, 15th District
    Florida Senate, Tallahassee FL
    ARTS ACCESS PASS Program
  • "...continuing and supporting the Arts Access Pass program is very important for people like me to experience live performances I would otherwise not have the opportunity to be a part of."

    ROSARIO LAROSA - Arts Access Pass Holder
    Resident, Davenport FL
    ARTS ACCESS PASS Program
  • "We are honored to have TheatreCares as part of the Davenport community and I strongly recommed support of all its programs."

    AMY ARRINGTON - Davenport City Manager
    City of Davenport, Davenport FL
    ARTS ACCESS PASS Program

PAST PROJECTS

WINTER WONDERETTES - WINTER 2014 - FOCUS GROUP: NURSING HOMES & ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES
December 2014, TheatreCares mounted a production of Winter Wonderettes, a musical filled with 60s holiday classics, and toured the show to select nursing homes and assisted living facilities in the Central Florida region free of charge for the residents, their family members and staff of each location. Following every performance, audiences engaged in a 20-minute interactive educational discussion with the professional cast that explored the influence of 60s music on the growth of American Musical Theatre and inspired continued participation in the performing arts. See photos below.

Supported in part by the National Endowment for The Arts.

SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! - FALL 2015 - FOCUS GROUP: UNDERSERVED YOUTH
Fall of 2015, TheatreCares mounted a production of the musical Schoolhouse Rock Live!, the pop culture phenomenon that taught educational topics through song, and toured the show to select community centers in the Central Florida region free of charge for underserved youth, their family members and staff. Following every performance, audiences engaged in a 20-minute interactive educational discussion with the professional cast that explored how the music of Schoolhouse Rock Live! could educate their minds, impact their lives and inspire continued participation in the performing arts. See photos below.

Supported in part by the National Endowment for The Arts and United Arts of Central Florida.

ROCK OF AGES - FALL 2016 - FOCUS GROUP: MUSIC STUDENTS
Fall of 2016, TheatreWorks Florida mounted the Central Florida regional premiere of “Rock of Ages”, the Broadway musical phenomenon that pays tribute to the biggest rock anthems of the 1980’s. This production will play for 15 performances.
In conjunction with TheatreCares, TheatreWorks Florida’s highly successful outreach program, mini workshops were offered prior to select shows for music students in the surrounding Central Florida region. These workshops explored the basic building blocks of classical music and demonstrate the connection to all music, including rock and roll.
Following the workshops, students were able to attend the show for 50% off a normal ticket price. After the performance, students attended a special interactive educational discussion with the professional cast to explore how the music of “Rock of Ages” could educate their minds, impact their lives and inspire continued participation in the performing arts. See photos below.

Supported in part by the National Endowment for The Arts.

VET VOICES - FALL 2018-2020 - FOCUS GROUP: MILITARY VETERANS
Fall of 2018 to Spring 2020, TheatreCares began an incredible 2-year journey called Vet Voices that provided military war veterans an opportunity for positive self-awareness and self-discovery in a creative “safe space” environment. This ongoing "arts and health” program nurtured life-long healing and learning through the art of music and live theatre. The program consisted of workshops and events that allowed veterans affected by war to explore the theatre arts and ultimately find healing through creativity. The end result combined theatre professionals with veterans on stage in a fully produced, original musical play called Breakfast in Baghdad, developed by the veterans themselves. The play incorporated creative writing, music, songs and visual art generated from the workshops. It was presented to the Central Florida public in a continued effort to create an awareness of our war-time veterans and the health issues they deal with on a daily basis as well as how they adapt to normalizing their lives after war. Unfortunately, the 2nd season of Vet Voices was interrupted and canceled by the COVID-19 pandemic. The vets had created all new monolgoues and original songs but the material was never performed. We miss them all very much and hope to begin the program again someday.
A special COVID-19 video message from our vets is below.


Supported in part by the National Endowment for The Arts and Florida Dept. of State - Division of Cultural Affairs

WHO CARES? THEY DID.

  • "You don't understand how great this was. One of our residents, who hasn't spoken a word in 4 years or interacted with anyone any longer, broke out clapping and saying 'You 4 girls! You 4 girls!'. My whole staff was crying with joy and amazed how this affected our residents."

    HEATHER DIOMIONE - Activities Director
    Southern Gardens, Lake Alfred FL
    WINTER WONDERETTES 2014
  • "It is not everyday that an organization takes the time to meet with our residents to improve the quality of their life on an individual level. Part of our 'Quality of Life' program is to keep our residents involved in our community through special events. We are grateful for your effort in helping us meet this challenge."

    DOLLEEN TORRES - Activities Director
    Winter Park Care & Rehabilitation Center, Winter Park FL
    WINTER WONDERETTES 2014
  • "The evening was wonderful, the music perfect and the show was entertaining. This event gave us the opportunity to make happy memories for our residents and their families, and for that we are truly thankful."

    JUDY SKILTON - Activities Director
    Health Central Park, Winter Garden FL
    WINTER WONDERETTES 2014
  • “Families in attendance raved about the experience. Whether due to access or financial limitations, most had not been to a theater production of any kind as a family. The benefits of exposure to the arts is endless. When a production is done in this quality manner and is brought to an underserved neighborhood the entire community wins!”

    KELLY LANE - Director of Development
    Boys and Girls Clubs of Lakeland and Mulberry FL
    SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! 2015
  • “It is with great enthusiasm that the Garden Theatre relay its support of TheatreWorks Florida’s TheatreCares program. The TheatreCares production of Schoolhouse Rock Live! this past September was a testament to the incredible difference this program is making on our community.”

    ALAUNA FRISKICS - Executive Director
    Garden Theatre, Winter Garden FL
    SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! 2015
  • “Schoolhouse Rock Live! was an awesome free event… The kids had a blast and were very active in participating, not only are the kids learning the message presented, but the cast made the kids feel comfortable enough to bravely stand up in front of everyone to dance and sing.”

    DANNY MCCLAIN - Assistant Director
    Parks & Recreation, Haines City FL
    SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! 2015
  • “This program was amazing! My children were riveted from the moment they entered the studio until we got home. Not only was the music outstanding but my kids learned about the technical aspect of putting on a show and what goes into a shows production. They had no idea about the complexities of the equipment that makes everything happen and what appears to be so easy on stage, really takes a team of people working together. This program was worth its weight in gold to us!”

    DAVID GOLDSTONE
    Parent, Orlando FL
    ROCK Of AGES 2016
  • “My students thoroughly enjoyed the hands-on experience of operating the sound, light and video equipment as the band from ‘Rock Of Ages” performed several songs from the show. For many of the students, it was their first opportunity to encounter a professional recording studio. Several of the students have begun pursuing their new interest in theater technology based on what they experienced on this field trip. Thanks so much for making it possible!”

    JAMES BRENDLINGER - Theatre Dept. Director
    Lake Howell HS, Winter Park FL
    ROCK Of AGES 2016
  • “The Rock of Ages Experience, offered by TheatreWorks Florida and Full Sail University, was a free, unique experience offered to the Orlando community that was not available to someone like myself when I was young. It allowed my pre-teen son to experience what goes on behind the scenes both in a live, concert environment and during a televised event first-hand. This opportunity allowed him to experience the entertainment world in a way he might never have been able to. Outstanding job!”

    BARRY NADLER
    ROA Official Show Photographer, Orlando, FL
    ROCK Of AGES 2016

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