Walden Theatre and Blue Apple Players merger: Letter to parents and students

Friends and Supporters of Walden Theatre,

We have some exciting news to share with you about the future of theatre education in the Greater Louisville region. Walden Theatre and Blue Apple Players are working together to become the region’s most comprehensive theatre conservatory and education provider for school children, their families and teachers.

After months of discussion and exploration, the boards of Walden Theatre and Blue Apple Players each met last night and passed “intent to merge” resolutions. In so doing, the boards directed committees, staff and consultants to work cooperatively through the spring and summer on the myriad details of a formal merger.

Walden Theatre and Blue Apple Players, which were each founded in 1976, have been working closely together for nearly a decade – collaborating on public school programs, productions, training, fund development and arts advocacy. We share a proud history of developing generations of collaborative, empathetic, confident, and creative young people using the power of drama education. Together, we will honor that legacy by continuing to provide a strong foundation in arts education for generations of children to come.


Our goal is to deliver the highest quality programs and strongest achievable outcomes to more children, more families, more teachers and more schools by maximizing the financial, artistic and educational strengths of our two organizations.

The merged organization will have a more diversified revenue stream and an annual budget approaching $1 million, which will help attract broader local and national financial support. And while the merger will produce some efficiencies, the intent is to invest any financial savings in expansion of services.

Young actors and playwrights in the Conservatory can count on programs that continue to build on a tradition of excellence and innovation even as we craft new opportunities for students for the coming months and years. Stay tuned…

We have many questions to answer, issues to resolve and plans to make before the final decision on transforming our decade-long partnership into a single organization.We invite you – our friends and supporters – to be part of that process by sharing your questions, ideas, hopes and dreams. You can email us at mail@waldentheatre.org and info@blueappleplayers.org.

Walden Theatre and Blue Apple Players have talented staffs, strong board members, committed donors and supporters and long histories of excellent programming. Working together, we can make positive differences in the lives of even more young people.


Michele Koch, chair, Walden Theatre Board of Directors
Tanner Watkins, chair, Blue Apple Players Board of Directors


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