Stage-Setter Reception




Monday, August 4 at The Silver Dollar
1761 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY 40206
Tickets $40

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Please join Walden Theatre to share the company of our talented, hard-working 2014 Stage-Setter honorees for a relaxed evening of socializing and live music from Small Time Napoleon, plus delicious appetizers and drinks at one of Louisville’s most fun, most celebrated restaurants.

Space is limited, so don’t delay!

Ticket includes appetizers and drink tickets.
The Stage-Setter Reception is open to all ages.
Walden Theatre students/families are encouraged to attend.

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Stage-Setter Breakfast 2014

Walden Theatre cordially invites you to the


Monday, August 4
8:00-9:30 a.m.

21C Museum Hotel – Atrium
700 West Main Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40202


Enjoy a complimentary breakfast from
and a brief program honoring the 2014 stage-setters:



recipient of the 2014
Arts Community Impact Award

A Louisville Connector and stalwart in the arts community who in 28 years has helped raise more than $208 million for the Fund for the Arts, Metro United Way, and many others. Most recently Barbara was President and CEO of the Fund for the Arts.


recipient of the 2014
Inspirational Alumni Award

Critically acclaimed actress (and alumna of Walden Theatre and Juilliard) best known for her roles in film and television, especially in the Showtime drama Dexter and for her breakout title role in the 2005 film The Exorcism of Emily Rose.

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Cast Lists: Harvey + Three Sisters

Here they are. Spread the word.

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Camp for Preschoolers? Yeah, we got it.

enter the world of
a Blue Apple Players program offered at Walden Theatre
  • Ages: 3-5 (Pre-K)
  • Times: 9:30 – noon, Mon – Fri (1 wk.)
  • Dates: August 4-8
  • Price: $150 ($50 non-refundable deposit reserves a place)
  • Instructors: Mera Kathryn Corlett, Jennifer Pennington, Annie Smith
  • Registration/Information Brochure
Kids help Jack save the day as they climb into an enchanted world of exciting characters and strange happenings! The camp is an interactive adventure filled with activity & problem-solving, as Blue Apple Players Teaching Artists guide kids through the world of pretend. This is experiential creative dramatics at its best – a nurturing environment where social & emotional growth blooms. Participants develop skills in creative expression as they experience the story through movement, music & role play. On the last day we’ll share the story of our adventure with families.
Instructors Jen, Mera and Annie have invested hundreds of teaching hours as lead Storytellers and Teaching Artists for Blue Apple Players. In the 2012-2013 school year, Blue Apple Players taught Jack and The Beanstalk for over 300 children in Oldham County. This curriculum is being studied by the University of Louisville Early Childhood Research Center, with the evaluation and teaching team invited to present findings at national and statewide education conferences this Summer.
Note: Kids must be potty trained to participate.


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Alison Huff named in 40 Under 40

Annual list recognizes Louisville’s top young professionals

Alison Huff, Managing Director at Walden Theatre, has been recognized by the publication Business First for its 2014 list of Louisville’s 40 Under 40. The list, selected from this year’s pool of nearly 500 nominees by a four judge panel, is an annual recognition of the city’s top young professional talent across a variety of fields.

In her five years as Managing Director of Walden Theatre, Huff has improved annual revenue by 48% and increased net assets 2.5 times, creating stability and establishing a cash reserve. In addition to her regular duties of strategic planning, fundraising, and oversight, Alison serves as Producer for the Slant Culture Theatre Festival, a community-wide venture founded and managed by Walden Theatre, and she has bridged numerous community partnerships on Walden Theatre’s behalf (Blue Apple Players, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Louisville Visual Art Association, Louisville Metro Parks Community Centers, and others).

“Alison’s commitment to youth arts education is recognized and appreciated by all of us involved in the Walden Theatre and Blue Apple Players merger process,” said Michele Koch, President of Walden Theatre’s Board of Directors. “It’s so exciting to see her ongoing dedication to collaboration and high-quality innovation acknowledged — alongside other top young professionals — by our community.”

In April of this year, Huff made news as the first recipient of the Allan Cowen Innovation Fund for Advancement of the Arts Grant by Louisville’s Fund for the Arts. The award provides up to $10,000 to pursue professional development, which she’s putting toward a Harvard University Business School executive education program on strategic nonprofit management that she’ll attend in July.

Huff is very active in Louisville’s arts education community. She currently serves as Vice Chair on the Board of Directors for the Arts & Cultural Attractions Council where she also co-chairs the Education Committee and is leading an effort to survey the education programs of ACA’s 106 member groups to create common language and understanding, share collective impact, and identify gaps in service. In addition, she is a member of Greater Louisville Inc.’s Education Advisory Committee and is a member of LVAA’s Education Committee.

“I love having this opportunity to highlight some of the great education work happening at Walden Theatre right now,” said Huff. “It’s a big honor to be included on this year’s list, but the daily successes of the kids we serve will always be my biggest reward.”


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Walden Theatre Summer Academy production: Dorina and the Plague

A New Fairy Tale of EPIDEMIC Proportions

by Diana Grisanti

Many generations ago (though not as many as you might think) a terrible plague descended on the inhabitants of a remote Italian mountain village. While doctors, con artists, and civic leaders scramble for a cure – and for profit – the intrepid Dorina takes matters into her own hands in this new fairy tale full of charlatans, rats, an evil stepmother, and some curiously powerful cloves of garlic!

Dorina-webJoin Walden Theatre this summer for Dorina and the Plague, a play by Diana Grisanti and performed by the young actors in Walden Theatre’s Summer Academy program. In each session of the Summer Academy, young people ages 8-13 spend three weeks working on a play from the ground up – learning acting and improv techniques, finding out what goes into a professionally-produced play, and making bold creative choices to entertain audiences in three culminating performances open to the theatre going public on six weekends this summer.

Performances all summer. Evenings Fridays & Saturdays 7:30pm.
Matinees Saturdays 2:00pm

  • Jun 27-28 (dir by Alec Volz)
  • Jul 11-12 (dir by Charlie Sexton)
  • Jul 18-19 (dir by Hallie Dizdarevic)
  • Jul 25-26 (dir by Jennifer Pennington)
  • Aug 1-2 (dir by Melinda Crecelius)
  • Aug 8-9 (dir by Neill Robertson)

Dorina and the Plague is a great way for families to beat the heat this summer. And it’s a great way for kids to see their peers working together to perform a very funny new play.

Playwright and Walden Theatre alumna Diana Grisanti returns this year with a brand new script for the Summer Academy. In recent years, she wrote adaptations of 1,001 Nights and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and this is her first original play to feature in Walden Theatre’s Summer Academy shows. Her short play “Post-Wave Spectacular” was produced for the 2010 Humana Festival of New American Plays, her musical Richie Farmer Will Have His Revenge on Durham (written with composer/lyricist Matt Schatz) was Best of Fest in Austin’s FronteraFest, and she’s playwright in residence for Theatre [502] where she cowrote the dramatic serial The Stranger and Ludlow Quinn.

Huge thanks as well to Walden Theatre parent and Board of Directors President Michele Koch for the fantastic illustration for this production!


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Summer Camps Filling Up…

Camp enrollment for 2014 is well underway! We have a full slate of camps and workshops for ages 5-18 available, but many have already filled up!

Check out the enrollment forms for our programs below or click here to visit the website:

Get in while you can!

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