Some amazing news to share with you all – our friends at AT&T recently granted $20,000 to the Fox Riverside Theater Foundation for Live Tech, an education program that brings young people to the Fox Performing Arts Center to learn theater technology. This landmark contribution creates an expansion to the program, that promises to create more rigorous job training opportunities and in-depth access for a wider range of participants.
Other program donors include Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce, County of Riverside District Attorney’s Asset Forfeiture Fund and community leaders Ted and Jennifer Weggeland.
Our Live Tech program, piloted in 2017, is a partnership between the Fox Riverside Theater Foundation and local theater management organizations such as the Fox’s management company, Live Nation, and local Box Theater operator Plantation Productions, where curriculum are created and taught to area students from the Riverside Unified School District, and soon, Alvord Unified School District. The program brings groups of students to the Fox for half-day events, where they rotate through workshops focusing on lighting, audio, and staging.
The Foundation’s other programming includes Students & Seniors at the Fox provides outreach tickets for groups to attend shows during the Broadway season at the Fox, and master classes that feature Broadway cast and crew members. Master classes, in partnership with American Theatre Guild, have provided such activities as a Vocal Performance Audition workshop, a Careers in Theater workshop, and dance classes featuring iconic Broadway choreography.
As Brian Hawley, the President of our Board of Directors puts it, Live Tech is for those who aspire to help the audience see, hear, and believe in the magic. We believe, too!
For more information regarding Live Tech or other Foundation programs, contact the Fox Riverside Theater Foundation by clicking here.