Introducing BTP's 2021-2022 Artistic Director: Curt Himmelberger
The vision of Beacon Theatre productions is "spotlighting critical moments of the past to show the way to a better future." I knew I needed to get involved with this theatre company when I read that and saw their productions that put this vision into practice. I believe that the world needs Beacon Theatre Productions now more than ever before.
In 2021, schools across the country are banning teachings about racism, the world has been described as "the age of misinformation," and history seems to be repeating itself in local, national, and global current events. I believe we need to learn about the past for a better future. I believe theater is a powerful tool that can change society. And I truly believe Beacon Theatre Productions can change the world.
I am honored to receive the baton from Georgina Bard who has led this wonderful theatre company for the past ten years. I have already heard countless stories about the amazing group of people who have supported the journey of the theatre so far. I hope each of you continues to be part of this next chapter. Please reach out to me with any questions, thoughts, or just to introduce yourself: email@example.com
Curt Himmelberger is an educator and theatre-maker and his passion is when those two areas intersect. Curt has his MS in Education from Johns Hopkins University and a Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language. For over a decade, Curt has taught elementary to high school international students and currently is an adjunct in the Theatre Department at Eastern University and at Esperanza College. Curt also has his MFA in Physical Devising from The University of the Arts and Pig Iron Theatre and has studied at The Second City, Upright Citizens Brigade, and The Freestyle Love Supreme Academy. Curt wrote and directed The Larval Mask Play, which was performed for free to provide access to the arts in low-income communities and was performed at The Free Philly Fringe Festival, The Rochester Fringe Festival, and was invited to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Curt also wrote and directed Tartuffe In Quarantine, which is now used in the curriculum at The New York Film Academy's classical acting class and William & Mary University's advanced playwriting class. Curt facilitates a BARWE group (Building Anti-Racist White Educators, https://www.barwe215.org) in Philadelphia.