The past year has been filled with amazing art exhibits and theatre productions and concerts....even a flamenco dance concert last fall.
More and more people are learning about Inspiration Studios, thanks to the wonderful press we've received and to the quality of work exhibited, both on stage and on the walls.
Challenges with owning an older building continue to require some spending and fundraising, but I've not been cast into the street yet, so I must be doing something right.
The main stage is occupied mostly by theatre productions presented by the Village Playhouse. Please view their website for information abou their upcoming productions as part of this year's SEASON OF WOMEN.
Katherine Beeson's Cream City Theatre (The IIceman Cometh, Same Time Next Year) and Deanna Strasse's Off-Book Players (All About Parker, New York) are making a permanent mark on our stage.
Musical performances have also increased on the main stage. Bands are finding that the intimate setting is great for cabaret-style performances. Mas Soul, Old Earth, and American Idol Finalist Steve Beguhn have graced the stage with wonderful shows. I hope to bring more.
The second floor of the building now houses Dynamic Youth Syndicate, a service-oriented youth group setting their own direction under the guidance of WAWM's Jenny Statza and Leah Cornelius. They've already made a great dent in the overall appearance of the second floor space and the outside.
Christi Craig has converted one of the rooms into The Writing Lab. It will be fun to see how that develops as a part of our re-imaging of Inspiration Studios as an "arts center," something that the city officials wanted all along.
My hope for Inspiration Studios is that it continue to be a source of inspiration for the community, for artists, for students, for theatre goers... potential writers and actors. Even though the work is rough at times, it still feels like the right thing to have in my back pocket.