2015: A Look Back
"Adventurous theater in Astoria"

-- The New York Times

2015 was a momentous year! We accomplished a lot and worked with many professional artists and community members alike. And we continued to build our family of friends and supporters!

As we go into 2016 and the next part of our 15th Anniversary Season, we pause to look back at 2015:

In FEBRUARY we produced the Midwinter Reading Series at the Queens Council on the Arts with generous support from the Dramatist Guild Fund. It featured Cheryl L. Davis’s Carefully Taught and Bill Connington & Michael Cooper’s Love, Always

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In MARCH we honored Ted Chapin, President of Rogers & Hammerstein and Majority Leader of the New York City Council Jimmy Van Bramer at the Museum of the Moving Image. A cadre of APAC alumni performed, and staff and board enjoyed food and drink with APAC supporters–complete with an absinthe drink special!

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(Left: APAC staff members: Heather Shields, Dev Bondarin, Annie Jacobs, and Katie Rosin. Right: APAC staff and board members with Ted Chapin and Jimmy Van Bramer.)

In FEBRUARY and JUNE and AUGUST we produced our much loved community programs: Playmaking at I.S. 10, Senior Stars (now in its 10th year!), and Summer Stars.

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(Top Left: The cast of Summer Stars. Top Right/Bottom Left: The cast of Senior Stars. Bottom Right: Playmaking students at work.)

In MAY we produced George Furth and Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along. Featuring a cast of 17, this was the first time APAC produced a Sondheim show, and it was well-received by both audiences and critics, resulting in many sold-out performances.

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(Left: Design by Jamie Vallés. Right: Actors Nicholas Park*, Ally Bonino, and Jack Mosbacher*.)

In SEPTEMBER we attended the NYIT Awards and where we were nominated for a record number of eight awards and won three (Best Featured Actress – Mel House for In The Bones, Best Actress – Emily Koch for In The Bones, and Outstanding Musical Production for Merrily We Roll Along. Our award for Outstanding Musical Production also included a grant from the Donn Russell Fund for our 2015-16 season!

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(Top Left: Nominee Rachel Rhodes-Devey for Best Featured Actress and Winner Mel House for Best Featured Actress, Top Right: Annie, Dev, and Heather. Bottom Left: Dev with Best Actress Winner Emily Koch. Bottom Right: The award for Outstanding Musical Production.)

In NOVEMBER we produced Cheryl L. Davis’s Carefully Taught. This was the first time that APAC produced a full production of a play which we developed during our reading series. The play challenged audience members to examine their perceptions of race in contemporary culture while telling an important story of friendship and identity with humor and grace. Audience and critical response was strong–with many attendees thanking us for producing this piece at this time in our country and city.

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(Right: Actors Latoya Edwards, Bristol Pomeroy, and Sheila Joon*. Left: Design by Jaime Vallés.)

This year also brought with it some important transitions as APAC welcomed Jessica Bathurst as Executive Director. She joins Artistic Director Dev Bondarin, Production Manager Annie Jacobs, PR Rep Katie Rosin, and Heather Shields who moved into a new role as Marketing Director (after serving as APAC’s Interim Executive Director from February to October.)

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(Left: APAC’s Executive Director Jessica Bathurst with Annie and Dev. Right: Jessica and Dev with alumni actors Joseph Bowen and Joanna Carpenter and APAC apprentice Ally at the Kaufman Astoria tree and menorah lighting ceremony.)

From all of us at APAC we wish you a very happy new year. Thank you for your continued support of this wonderful organization.

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(Photos by: Alan Abrams, Michael Dekker, Matty Baker, Dev Bondarin, Annie Jacobs, and John Herin.)

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