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State grant, new apprenticeships announced for Theatre Aspen

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Theatre Aspen has received a $10,000 grant from the state-run Colorado Creative Industries, the nonprofit announced this week.

This grant was awarded through the state's Colorado Creates program and will go toward the company's general operations. The grants are awarded through a competitive statewide process.

"The arts help communities across Colorado attract visitors and new residents who, in turn, patronize local businesses," Sen. Mark Udall said in statement announcing the grant recipients. "These funds, in part from the National Endowment for the Arts, will boost local economies throughout Pitkin County and the Roaring Fork Valley."

The nonprofit also recently completed its 2014 Match Campaign, raising more than $500,000. The fundraising push included matching funds provided by 2014 season sponsor ANB Bank and the Theatre Aspen board.

“The apprentice program ... (garners) essential support for serious young professionals who are seeking to bridge the gap between education and real life experience.”
Paige Price
Theatre Aspen creative director

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Now in its 32nd year of operation, Theatre Aspen presents a repertory of dramatic works and musicals in the summer and offers year-round theater education programs. This year, the nonprofit initiated a development program for new works, debuting in May with a workshop presentation of Duncan Sheik's musical "Alice By Heart" at the Wheeler Opera House.

In recent years, it also has instituted its TA Apprenticeship program, allowing theater students to work on and perform in the summer shows. Last month, the nonprofit created an additional apprentice position for students of Duke University. The Theatre Aspen/Duke University Apprenticeship, funded by the Lambert Family Foundation, gives a Duke student the opportunity to spend the summer in Aspen and work with the organization. It is open to students majoring in any discipline, not only theater.

"The apprentice program has been a profoundly meaningful addition to our work here, garnering essential support for serious young professionals who are seeking to bridge the gap between education and real life experience," said Theatre Aspen Creative Director Paige Price. "The excitement generated by the community for this program has been overwhelming."

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