I can’t even begin to tell you what an incredible honor it has been AWAKENING CREATIVITY in youth (ages 2-15) while BUILDING CONFIDENCE, COURAGE & CHARACTER through theater for nearly a decade! It still astounds me how our company blossomed from 5 students attending a drama class in a small studio space in Falls Church, VA into a full-fledged theater arts education program that has served over 5,000 students in 6 counties within the Washington D.C. area.
As the saying goes, each journey begins with a single step. For us, it all started on Monday, November 10, 2008 when CARE Actor opened its doors for the first-ever “Acting Workshop for Kids,” This class would later be renamed “DRAMATIC KIDS!” However, despite my marketing efforts just a few days prior to the first day of class, we had zero students. There was a part of me that said try again another time. But then a few days prior to calling it quits a co-worker of mine wrote me an email saying her daughter was interested in attending the class. Okay, one student is better than none! But, no wait! With her were 4 other interested kids who wanted to join! And with that our company was born!
Since that day, we’ve partnered with dozens of recreation sites, schools, community groups, and business in the DC area offering our signature classes & camps: LITTLE STARS!, ACT IT OUT!, DRAMATIC KIDS! and THEATRICAL TEENS! We’ve also added DRAMATIC BIRTHDAY PARTIES and FAMILY IMPROV to the list. Through these classes & camps we’ve witnessed countless of creative stories turning into original plays, timid students breaking out of their shells in stellar performances, and most importantly we’ve had a lot of fun & laughs along the way.
We could have never done it alone. That’s why I want to say THANK YOU to all my family friends, students, parents, staff members, community agencies, parks & recreation sites, local businesses, PTA groups and many, many more that made this program a dream come true for what used to be a painfully shy, little girl (me) who hoped that her love of acting & writing could make a positive impact on today’s youth.
Here’s to AWAKENING CREATIVITY for many years to come!
CEO of CARE Actor LLC