The Invisible Theatre has announced it will use a $5,000 grant from RBC Foundation-USA to fund its Pastime Players’ youth programming and outreach.

The Invisible Theatre produces theater and arts education experiences for all facets of the community in an intimate setting that showcases local professional talent and guest artists. 

The Invisible Theatre’s Pastime Players, under the direction of Susan Claassen, started as a workshop in 1984 and has grown into a prototype of innovative arts education programming that focuses on ability rather than disability.

 “We’re thrilled to receive this prestigious grant. RBC Foundation-USA’s recognition of our innovative educational programming supports the concept that when artists, teachers, administrators, funding agents, students and parents come together as a community – we really can make a difference,” said Claassen, who serves as the organization’s managing artistic director.

Douglas S. Mance, vice president of RBC Wealth Management, said, “The Invisible Theatre has been a cultural asset in Tucson, Arizona for 40 years. Part of its inherent strength is its continuing desire to give to the community in many creative ways.

“The Pastime Players program, which allows for youth with diverse and unique abilities and strengths to be an important part of the theatre and the arts, is just one of those creative efforts. Thank you, Invisible Theatre, and thank you RBC Foundation-USA,” Mance said.

The Invisible Theatre, the recipient of the 1999 Arizona Theatre Association Award for Best Producing Theatre Company, is a member of the Theatre Communications Group and has long enjoyed both local and national recognition for its strong leadership role in the arts community. 

IT takes its name from the invisible energy that flows between a performer and audience, creating the magic of theater.

Started in 1971 as an arena for local playwrights, the theater has expanded its programs to include adaptations of the classics and recent Off-Broadway plays and musicals, while continuing to encourage new playwrights through both full productions and stage readings. 

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