Posted: Thursday, June 18, 2020
Media Contact: David Costello, 815-921-4516
Rock Valley College’s Starlight Theatre has received a Neighborhood Grant from the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois and HomeStart for the Starlight summer camp project.
The grant dollars will help address the ethnic gaps in all areas of theatre by allowing Starlight staff and performers to present a one week theatre camp at the Fairground Boys and Girls Club in Rockford. Currently, African-American playwrights, actors, dancers, choreographers, directors, and stage managers comprise less than 20% representation in live theatre.
“Theatre is a major industry with many employment opportunities and also teaches many leadership skills that serve people well both on and off stage,” said Chris Brady, Director, Theatre and Arts Park at RVC. “We hope our summer camp will introduce students to these different opportunities and inspire them to pursue a role in theatre.”
The camp is tentatively planned for late July or early August.