Category Archives: Alumni

Challenge Grant: Let’s rise to meet it!

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.

And now, thanks to a grant by the SeaChange-Lodestar Fund for Nonprofit Collaboration (NYC), we have the opportunity to secure generous support for the merger process.

Gifts made to Walden/Blue Apple by December 31st go toward a $30,000 challenge goal required to secure this prestigious national foundation’s support. Our merger was selected as one of only 18 funded projects in the last 5 years, and it’s only the fourth arts organization to ever receive a grant.

Your tax-deductible gift of support and your leadership in sharing this challenge with friends & colleagues ensures that we can meet this challenge.

Walden Theatre and Blue Apple Players were each founded in 1976 and have worked 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, 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.

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Walden Theatre Reunion

Please join Walden Theatre for a special reunion event Saturday Dec 20 from 5:30-7:30 and help us celebrate our long heritage of quality theatre instruction, ground-breaking productions, and talented individuals.

Saturday, Dec 20
at Walden Theatre
1123 Payne Street Louisville KY 40204

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Event includes food, drinks, a showcase from the Walden Theatre archives, and of course mixing with long lost and familiar old friends and more.

This is a non-ticketed event between performances of the Walden Theatre Staff Showcase production Uncle Vanya (2pm matinee and 7:30pm evening show). The Staff Showcase that features Charlie Sexton, current staff/alumni actors, and our comrades from Blue Apple Players.

We’re also celebrating our upcoming merger with Blue Apple Players, and their staff and board will be joining us for this event. This is a great opportunity to share our traditions and stories with new partners as we continue to offer the finest Theatre Conservatory program of its kind in the nation.

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Uncle Vanya


December 11-20
Walden Theatre presents

Anton Chekhov’s

Adapted by David Mamet
from an English translation by Vlada Chernordik
directed by Hal Park

Since his sister’s death, Vanya has maintained & improved her estate. But the return of her widower with his young second wife threatens to undermine Vanya’s work — and the family’s future – in this surprisingly funny drama about lives at risk of going to waste.

Please join Walden Theatre for Anton Chekhov’s UNCLE VANYA, performed on the Nancy Niles Sexton Stage December 11-20. This production features cast members from Walden Theatre staff, alumni, and Conservatory as well as Blue Apple Players personnel.
Featuring: Ciaran Brown, Hallie Dizdarevic, Julane Havens, Paul Lenzi, Benjamin Park, Jennifer Pennington, Monte Priddy, Charlie Sexton, Geraldine Ann Snyder.
Evening shows for this production are Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30, plus an evening show Monday Dec 15 at 7:30 and a matinee Saturday Dec 20 at 2:00.

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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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Alumni News: Cherrish Curry

We recently heard back from Cherrish Curry (alumna ’13), who’s been busy working on a BFA in drama production and design studio at New York University. This summer, she’ll be doing stage operations at Glimmerglass in Cooperstown NY, which is THE summer opera and musical theatre getaway for the New York area and a great place to rub shoulders with a range of industry insiders. Congrats Cherrish on a strong first year away!

Here’s a letter she sent us last month from the front lines, as it were:

I’m loving the city and loving my work. Tomorrow I load in for my first show I’m designing up here. And I’ve had a lot of opportunities to work on a lot of projects and gigs up here including an immersive zombie apocalypse piece in Harlem and a gay nightclub on 42nd street. My classes let me meet a lot of people from the industry and tour a lot of spaces/get a free ticket here and there. I’ve been trying to get more involved with the industry professionals and am arranging to meet with Mary Louise Geiger this week and actively arranging to meet Jennifer Tipton before summer. Which speaking of summer, I’m very honored to have been accepted at Glimmerglass this summer doing stage operations and I cannot wait.

Can’t wait to hear more after Glimmerglass!

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Senior Send-Off 2014

abby-chloeWe close out another great year and give a fun farewell to our graduating seniors on Tuesday May 20 at 5:30 @ Walden Theatre!

The Send-Off is a graduation/farewell party celebrating our graduates and everyone is invited to attend. We’ll be awarding diplomas and watching a great slideshow that features the seniors in all their performances, and for parents and rising students this is a chance to see what this whole experience is all about as the seniors share memories and look ahead the future.

It’s a Walden tradition to bring a snack to share (dip/chips, cookies, cupcakes, what-have-you). If you’d like to donate soda, water, or anything else for the event, visit our sign-up.

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