Happy Ending – New Beginning For Teen Improv Troupe

Last year’s All Rights Reserved teen improve troupe. Photo: Arizona Jewish Theatre

All Rights Reserved, the teen improv troupe sponsored by Arizona Jewish Theatre Company (AJTC) from 2002-2012, has found a new home. The troupe will be housed at Theatre Artists Studio in Scottsdale for the coming year.

The move was made possible thanks to a grant from the Phoenix Suns Charities and the tenacity of Janet Arnold, AJTC’s producing director.

“I had applied for a grant from the Suns Charities before I knew AJTC would be closing,” says Arnold. “I was pleasantly surprised when it came in, but knew that under the circumstances, AJTC couldn’t keep the money. I contacted Theatre Artists Studio and they were thrilled with the opportunity to work with the teens.”

Arnold met with Carol MacLeod and Judy Lebeau, officers at The Studio, and then contacted the director of the Phoenix Suns Charities, Robin Milne, to see if the grant could be transferred. In turn, Robin contacted their board, and everyone agreed it was a win-win!

Housing the troupe helps The Studio to fulfill its mission of providing support to young talent and enables the troupe to stay together.

“We are so excited to add these talented teens to our Youth Outreach Program and are grateful to the Phoenix Suns Charities,” says MacLeod, president of The Studio board.

The Studio already offers summer camps for under-privileged elementary-aged children through their outreach.

All Rights Reserved will hold auditions for additional troupe members on Sunday, September 9 at 6pm at Theatre Artists Studio, 4848 East Cactus Road. Those interested must be 13-18. No prepared materials are necessary. If selected, there is a $50 participation fee, which includes a troupe t-shirt. The troupe will meet at least two Wednesday nights a month and will perform on a regular basis both at the Studio and at various locations around the Valley. They are already booked to perform at the Herberger Theater Fall Festival of the Arts on October 6.

The troupe will be led by the dynamic duo of Amanda and Dan Trombley. Amanda earned her B.A. in theatre arts at Pepperdine and her MFA in Shakespeare and Performance from Mary Baldwin College in association with the American Shakespeare Center. In addition to performing at various theatres, she has also taught the Studio’s Theatre Camps for youth the past two years. Dan received his BA in theatre from St. Lawrence University and his MFA at Mary Baldwin. Both have an extensive background in improvisational skills.

For more information, call 602.765.0120 or visit www.thestudiophx.org.

Read more about Theatre Artists Studio and the upcoming Fall Performing Arts Season in CITYSunTimes’ September issue.

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