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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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Auditions: The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui
by Bertolt Brecht, directed by Alec Volz

Auditions begin Saturday. Signup sheets will be available on the call board in the Walden Theatre lobby beginning Tues Dec 2. 

  • Sat. Dec. 6 12:30-3:00
  • Mon Dec. 8 4:30-7:30
  • Wed. Dec 10 6:30-8:30
Please read the script (see link below).
Please memorize one of the 4 monologues from the second link above. You must also prepare 16 bars of any pop song and be prepared to sing it acapella. Women DO NOT have to do the female monologue. Casting will be blind and women will be in consideration for ALL male roles.
There are 45 roles in the play and Alec will be casting 19 actors. Almost everyone will be playing more than one role
Rehearsals begin the first week of January and the show runs February 26-March 7.


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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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Cast lists: Romeo & Juliet and Connecting Cultures

Here are the lists! We had some great auditions…

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ReSurfaced SUCCESS!



Our goal for this year’s Fall Fundraiser at ReSurfaced was $15,000. And after adding everything up it looks like your raffle ticket sales, silent auction donations & bids, beer purchases at ReSurfaced, cash donations, and merch/bake sales pushed us over the top. WAAAAY over the top.

The grand total came to:


This year was already unique as we gave the Chili Supper a break and took a chance on partnering with the good people of ReSurfaced. Not only did the event get great press (including a hit on WDRB in the morning!) and great attendance from all of you, we also got our mission, our students, and our Revenge of Lenore performance in front of new faces during ReSurfaced’s busy final weekend. And we had beautiful weather in late October.

Thanks to everyone who made this amazing event a reality.

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Jane-the-Plain---posterFINALNov 15 11 pm | Nov 16 3 pm | Nov 20 7 pm | Nov 22 3 pm

Jane the Plain

by August Schulenburg
directed by Alec Volz

She’s no outcast, just plain. That is, before an explicit selfie ruins her rep and before a cosmic encounter remakes her into a beauty. Now Jane is at the pinnacle of popularity, but can she & her friendships withstand the adoration — and the jealous sabotage?

Please join Walden Theatre for this regional premiere, the latest in a long line of challenging plays for teen actors by rising playwrights, on the Nancy Niles Sexton Stage at Walden Theatre as part of the Slant Culture Theatre Festival. 

Please note that this production contains mature language and situations not suitable for young audiences.

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