slo rep San Luis Obispo Repertory Theatre has received two generous grants to fund tuition scholarships for students participating in its Academy of Creative Theatre (ACT) educational programs throughout the 2019-2020 Season. These grants were provided by the Harold J. Miossi Charitable Trust and by the Janssen Youth & Youth Sports Fund, held at The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County. The two grants totaling $5,500 will underwrite need-based tuition scholarships for students participating in ACT’s extensive education program serving more than 300 students annually. Over the past five years, the Miossi Trust, the Janssen Fund and The Community Foundation have provided over $20,000 in scholarship funding for SLO REP’s ACT educational programs, including summer and spring break theatre camps, after-school theatre classes in the winter, spring and fall, and audition-only production classes which offer students the opportunity to participate in professionally-directed full length theatrical productions on the SLO REP stage.

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“Whether your child is an experienced ‘theatre-kid’ or a shy beginner, ACT is the place to train, create, play, and learn”, says Education Director Kerry DiMaggio.  “Participating in theatre encourages creativity and builds self-confidence. ACT provides a creative, artistic, educational and FUN outlet for children who might not otherwise be engaged with their peers or other important adult role models. These two generous grants will allow us to welcome every child with a desire to participate to any and all of our programs, without regard to their family’s ability to afford tuition.”

ACT’s fall session of After-School Theatre Classes began on September 3rd with with five sold-out classes for children ages 5-18 at SLO REP’s downtown location at 888 Morro Street in San Luis Obispo. Classes include “Drama Kids”, “Take the Stage”, “Improv” and “Auditioning for Shakespeare”. In addition, auditions for young actors interested in participating in ACT’s winter production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth will be held on September 30th and October 1st. Generous scholarships for all of these programs are available thanks to the Miossi Trust, the Janssen Fund and the Community Foundation. For more information, please visit slorep.org/education/academy-of-creative-theatre.


ABOUT THE FUNDERS

The Harold J. Miossi Charitable Trust provides assistance to organizations seeking to improve the quality of life for residents of the City and surrounding area of San Luis Obispo, California.  This Trust was established under the will of Mr. Harold J. Miossi, who died on November 8, 2006.  The Foundation focuses on six key areas: animal-related, education, environment, the Catholic Church, fine arts and youth development.

The Janssen Youth & Youth Sports Fund was established in 2006 through the generosity of the Robert H. Janssen Foundation. This Fund seeks to support programs that enrich the lives of local youth and ideally reflect the Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets.  The Janssen Fund is held at The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County, a grantmaking and education foundation supporting charitable work across our county. Since 1998, the Foundation has supported our county with grants and scholarships totaling almost $35 million. The Community Foundation’s charitable assets under management have grown to nearly $60 million and provide support to all aspects of our community in perpetuity. For more information, visit www.cfsloco.org or call 805-543-2323.

ABOUT THE ACADEMY OF CREATIVE THEATRE

The San Luis Obispo Repertory Theatre’s Academy of Creative Theatre provides year-round theatrical training for youth ages 5-18 (kindergarten through 12th grade.) ACT’s after-school programs, summer camps and theatrical production classes inspire young performers and technicians to develop skills which will benefit them throughout their lives, both on and off the stage. Students involved in ACT learn from professional artists in programs designed to help students explore creative self-expression and individuality. Whether or not students choose to pursue theatre as a career, their experience at ACT will help them to develop a greater appreciation of the theatre arts and a stronger connection to their community.

ABOUT SAN LUIS OBISPO REPERTORY THEATRE

SLO REP is San Luis Obispo County’s only nonprofit regional theatre, presenting a year-round season of professional productions and creative educational programs in downtown San Luis Obispo. The SLO REP’s mission is to strengthen theatre’s cultural influence and enrich the Central Coast by producing professional theatre, nurturing artists and providing theatre education for children and adults. They believe in live theatre’s powerful storytelling connecting people in ways that open the mind, nourish the soul and illuminate our shared humanity.

For more information about upcoming classes and camps, please contact Assistant Education Director Kathryn Curran at (805) 781-3889, ext. 14 or email act@slorep.org.