Welcome to Theatre Horizon. The 2015/16 season is the fourth in our beautiful 123-seat theatre in the heart of Norristown. A lot has happened in just a few short years. Since our move three years ago, more than 13,750 patrons have attended our nine musical and dramatic productions and our four staged readings. Additionally, more than 2,150 young people have enrolled in our Education classes in Norristown and throughout Montgomery County. And in partnership with Philadelphia Young Playwrights, we also added playwriting classes for young adults with autism to our ground-breaking Youth Drama Program classes for children on the autism spectrum.
Theatre Horizon has become a vibrant, growing, community presence. We believe professional nonprofit theatre should speak to everyone, and that it can create dialogue and community action, educate, and make a difference to young and old alike.
This was evidenced last season with our thrilling productions of The Syringa Tree, set in South Africa, Into the Woods, set in the fairy-tale land of our imagination, and In the Blood, which strived to help create concrete actions to help the homeless in our community. These thoughtful and exciting productions thrilled a record 5,400 audience members, created moving post-show discussions, engendered numerous sold-out performances and attracted Philadelphia’s finest actors, designers and directors. For this record-breaking 2014/15 season, Theatre Horizon received nineteen Barrymore Award nominations for Excellence in Theatre, the highest number of any regional theatre company.
We’ve recently completed our second three-year Strategic Plan, with a focus on expanding both the Art and Education programs. We are proud to employ a dedicated and hard-working staff. We are delighted with the excitement that artists and teachers bring to their work. Yet no matter how well-received our productions and education programs are, neither can be sustained without the generosity of individual donors together with foundation, government and corporate support. Nearly two-thirds of our annual revenues come from contributions, thereby making our ticket prices and education offerings affordable. That can continue only through the generosity of so many people and organizations vested in the value of the Arts. For that, we are exceedingly grateful.
I am privileged to serve as President of the Board of Directors. Our Board works closely with Artistic Director Erin Reilly and her staff to help make Theatre Horizon the best it can be. I invite you to join us for this 2015/16 season. There will be music, dance and storytelling aplenty in the legendary Langston Hughes’ Black Nativity, topical drama in Oscar-nominated Kenneth Lonergan’s Lobby Hero and raucous comedy in versatile Becky Mode’s Fully Committed.
Please join our fast-growing family.
I’ll see you at the theatre!
Steve Heumann, Board President
Kristin Midha, Treasurer
Lee Reilly, Secretary
Kristin Midha, Chair
Diane Edelman, Chair
Kelley M. Fazzini, Esq.
AUTISM TASK FORCE
Steve Heumann, Chair