As I’ve shared many times, acting is something I’ve always known I wanted to do. From my earliest days in school – where I was lucky enough to take acting and performing arts classes – to the Taco Bell job I got when I was just 14 so I could pay for my after school acting classes, I’ve always managed to find ways to pursue this love.
Unfortunately, many kids today aren’t so lucky. With arts programs being cut from the curriculum in most schools, and the increasing cost of extra curricular training, taking part in performing arts is something out of reach for so many kids.
It’s such a shame … and it’s why I’m so excited about a non-profit some of my friends have started.
I first met Johnny Coppola & Michael Sonntag several years ago when I did a play with their theatre company, Studio C Artists, and we’ve since become great friends. Recently they approached me about their new venture, a non-profit called One World Stage & Screen (OWS&S), which aims to take their acting approach and classes to people who otherwise couldn’t afford them. With a focus on at-risk kids and teens, they’ve already used the non-profit to create an acting program at a local middle school, as well as offer an intensive training program for at-risk kids who want to pursue a career in acting.
Knowing both my love of acting and my work with at-risk kids through CASA, they asked me to take part in OWS&S … and of course I said YES! We’ve since put our heads together and have come up with some pretty good ideas on how we can advance their mission. For my part, I have committed to helping them with a fall fundraiser, which will allow them to continue and expand their programming. We’re still in the planning stages, but I wanted to share their story with you … and maybe get you to mark your calendars for something special this Fall!
This week, I sat down with Johnny & Michael to talk about their efforts and give a little preview on some things we have planned…
And stayed tuned here for details on the Fall fundraiser … we’ve got some fun up our sleeves.
PS – In the video, I mentioned a camp and arts program my friend is involved with … here’s a link the the movie that group produces.