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Creative Cauldron Founder and Producing Director, Laura Connors Hull, remarked: “The Dominion ArtStars Award is such an honor for us, and one that will help us continue to bring our educational programs in the performing and visual arts to as wide a spectrum of our community as possible. The arts provide young people with a transformational experience that has a lasting impact on their academic success, their self esteem and social skills throughout their lives.”
Since 2002, Creative Cauldron has been offering Arts Adventure Camps for 4 to 14 year olds during the spring and summer months. The camps use a theme-based approach to explore the performing and visual arts. Science, myth, folklore and music all play a role in the development of original stories and works of art based on the theme. Creative Cauldron has also offered arts enrichment programs and residencies at area Northern Virginia elementary schools.
With the acquisition of a permanent home in 2009, Creative Cauldron expanded upon these programs and began presenting year round theatrical and musical performances. Each season now includes five professional productions (often with roles for younger performers), and two Learning Theater productions. The Learning Theater program offers a unique opportunity for young people to perform in an original adaptation of a children’s classic, written to support the strengths and talents of the young performers. Professional actors, who serve as mentors throughout the rehearsals and performances, anchor productions. The productions run for 15 to 16 performances and participants continue to receive notes and direction after every show.
In hearing about the ArtStars Award, Creative Cauldron parents shared their congratulations:
“My girls have participated in numerous Creative Cauldron programs and have performed in at least 10 shows. They have acquired leadership skills and have also learned about community – that it takes many people’s commitment and the combination of different skills to build something great. As parents, we believe that the education that Creative Cauldron provides has many long-term impacts for their future. This award is well deserved.” Andrea Robles
“Creative Cauldron inspires a culture of imagination, expression, and learning that allows these young actors to develop rich, touching performances for the entire community. My children have a genuine appreciation for the storytelling and teamwork needed to make a show come to life. Creative Cauldron’s community of learning and discovery allows my children to grow and explore the arts in ways my wife and I could never have imagined. Dominion Energy is to be commended for bestowing this award on this wonderful theater in Falls Church.” Jeff Thiebert
About Creative Cauldron
Creative Cauldron is an award-winning non-profit theater and educational arts organization whose innovative programs in the performing and visual arts embody collaboration, experimentation and community engagement. Creative Cauldron was founded by Producing Director Laura Connors Hull in 2002. In June of 2009, Creative Cauldron acquired a permanent home in ArtSpace Falls Church, a 3,000 square foot flexible arts space that provides a venue for year-round classes, live performances of theater, music and dance and visual art exhibits. Programs are presented in part through grants from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, the Arts Council of Fairfax County, the City of Falls Church and the Little City CATCH Foundation. Generous corporate and individual sponsors also support creative Cauldron’s programs.