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Greensboro Arts Alliance and Residency


Greensboro Arts Alliance & Residency

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Greensboro Arts Alliance and Residency


Greensboro Arts Alliance & Residency

The Mirror's GREENSBORO ARTS ALLIANCE & RESIDENCY strives to benefit the community of Greensboro by providing year-round cultural and artistic opportunities to the residents of Greensboro and its surrounding areas. Founded in 2005, GAAR operates year-round, employs Greensboro-based staff, and its events have brought together the thousands of people who come to Greensboro every year. GAAR is most proud to be spearheading the development of the Mirror Theater itself, and looks forward to serving Greensboro for years to come. Highlighted events from GAAR this year include the Fourth of July Square Dance, the Musical Theater Day Camp, and Writers' Forum.

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The Mirror Performing Arts Center


The Mirror Theater

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The Mirror Performing Arts Center


The Mirror Theater

THE MIRROR THEATER: Breaking Ground Summer 2015

GAAR will build and operate a year-round performing arts complex accommodating a performance hall for a live audience in addition to support and production staff (including artists, ushers, and artistic staff). The seating and stage will be entirely flexible according to need.

The complex will include a performance hall (Shakespearean based), adjoining black box rehearsal rooms, lobby/gallery space, scenery and costuming shops, dressing rooms and other artistic support facilities, administration areas and rehearsal studios. To enhance the experience of a night out, the performing arts complex will be designed to include a café, designed to support 50 people and 10 kitchen staff. 

The facility will be both a cultural corridor between Greensboro and the rest of the world, as well as a community space open to the use of individuals (via practice and rehearsal studios) and other organizations.  GAAR will also develop and present its own artistic work in the building, including its own educational programs. GAAR, as administrator and non-profit owner of the building, will ensure that the building is a center of life and vitality for the benefit of all. 

As of March 2015, due to the extraordinary generosity of our local donor, GAAR has come to a Purchase and Sales agreement with David Allen for 10 acres of Hazendale Farm. GAAR has also retained the services of H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture, whose founding partner, Hugh Hardy FAIA, is celebrated for his theater designs. H3 and their engineering and specialty consultant team is currently preparing for design development, having received approval of the required Zoning Application from the Town of Greensboro. The Vermont Act 250 submission has been filed.

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Mirror Repertory Company


Mirror Repertory Company

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Mirror Repertory Company


Mirror Repertory Company

The Mirror's MIRROR REPERTORY COMPANY, originally founded in 1983 by Sabra Jones, is the spiritual successor to Harold Clurman's Group Theatre and Eva Le Gallienne’s Civic Repertory. The founding initiative was spearheaded by the legendary philanthropist, Laurance S. Rockefeller, and received additional endowments from Dustin Hoffman, Al Pacino, Dina Merrill, Kitty Carlisle Hart, and Paul Newman, as well as NYSCA, ATT, the Astor Foudation, The Lilah Acheson Wallace Foundation, and a host of others. The company leadership was advised not only by Mr. Clurman and Ms. Le Gallienne themselves, but also by Ellis Raab (APA Phoenix), John Gielgud, Alan Schneider and John Houseman. The Royal Shakespeare Company sponsored MRC’s first benefit, in which Geoffrey Dench— as Auctioneer — famously sold Derek Jacobi's nose (it was a prop; he was playing Cyrano de Bergerac).
MRC is proud to have produced over 100 plays both within New York (Broadway and off-Broadway) as well as in London, regionally, and on television. The Mirror has been nominated for a Tony, as well as numerous awards, including Best Overall Excellence and Best Acting Ensemble (Outer Critics), and features an award-winning Arts & Education program (Brown and Williamson Award) which has been a recipient of multi-year funding from the Department of Cultural Affairs. The original acting company starred Geraldine Page, Ellis Raab, and Elizabeth Franz as artists-in-residence, and featured F. Murray Abraham, Sabra Jones, Mason Adams, Maxwell Caulfield, Victor Slezak, Steven Weber, Anne Jackson, Eli Wallach, Anthony Hopkins, Shirley Knight, Tovah Feldshuh, and Michael Moriarty as regular company members.  MRC has always been, first and foremost, an artist’s company, and is proud to have collaborated with thousands of talented artists, from Eve Arden to Richard Burton to Nathan Lane. 

Geraldine Page, Founding Artist-in-Residence, THANKS THE MIRROR REP WHILE winning the Oscar. SHE IS WEARING HER COSTUME FROM MIRROR's PROuction of The Circle.

A true alternating repertory company is a standing company of actors who train together and work together as an ensemble. They know every style of acting and can do it with facility. They understand the mysticism of the Cothurni of the Ancient Greeks and won’t shy away from Kabuki. They are familiar with the demands of Shakespearean verse and Jacobean drama. They communicate joyfully the manifest amusements of Restoration comedies and of Moliere and Goldoni. They understand the spiritualism of Grotowski and the spare lines of the Berliner Ensemble. They are familiar with Stanislavki’s pursuit of truth and all that followed it—Adler,  Strasberg, Meisner, Lewis,  and Chekov. Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller and August Wilson are clear expressions of the twentieth century; the actors of the company embrace these authors and others, as well of those of twenty-first, passionately. At all times, the actors seek through their skills the clearest ways to express the stories and visions of the authors involved. Because of their virtuosity, the actors of a repertory company can do anything a play’s author and a director’s vision might require. They can move from one style to the next from night to night, providing the opportunity for the company itself to alternate from night to night and from one great author to the next. Thus, for the audience, they are simply the most thrilling theatre company in the world.

Imagine the joy of seeing an actor play Shylock one night and Lear the next, then Big Daddy or the Emperor Jones.  Imagine a Juliet who turns into Desdemona then into Yelena.  Imagine a company of actors who know each other so well that a playwright can write plays created just for them – a company that can train and create a Ben Kingsley, a Vanessa Redgrave,  a Derek Jacobi, or an Anthony Hopkins. Peter Hall once said:  “Every great movement in the theatre, every new discovery of writing and talent, has come from a standing company with a common ethos.” It takes hard work and commitment, and most importantly, it needs a building in which sets and costumes can be stored, and in which training, rehearsal, and performance can all take place.

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Greensboro Writers' Forum


Greensboro Writers' Forum

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Greensboro Writers' Forum


Greensboro Writers' Forum

The Greensboro Arts Alliance & Residency's WRITERS' FORUM: the shores of Caspian Lake in Greensboro, Vermont hold the magic of a writing tradition. A tradition of hard-working, passionate minds like John Gunther, Lewis Hill, and Wallace Stegner, writers who, in the words of Stegner himself, write to make sense of it all. Writers who celebrate the Joy of Words. The 2nd Annual Writers’ Forum seeks to give both established and burgeoning writers the opportunity to live and breathe this Greensboro tradition— to share in it, and to be shaped by it. Over two weeks in August, established writers and teachers as well as a host of aspirants and students will gather together to celebrate The Joy of Words, the theme of this year’s events. Authors of prose and verse as well as members of the public will work together through collaborative workshops, colloquiua, and readings to examine the joy of the craft of writing, both within their own work, and the work of others.GAAR’s 2nd Annual Writers’ Forum will feature the following events: 

Aug 12
2 PM
The Joy of Writing Your Own Story: Introduction to Memoir Writing in Greensboro Allen Davis, Charles T. Morrissey, and H. Clay Simpson
Workshop, The Tent on the Green

7 PM

The Joy of Greensboro

Panel Discussion of A New Anthology of Outstanding Articles about the History of our Community: Forty Years of the Hazen Road Dispatch (Greensboro Historical Society, 2015)

Program chaired by Timothy Breen and featuring Gail Sangee, Editor, with a panel of local authors
Panel and Reception to Meet the Authors, The Tent on the Green

Both Panel and Reception are Open to the Public Free of Charge

Reception is generously hosted by the Greensboro Historical Society

Aug 14
 

10:30 AM Children’s Reading
2 PM Workshop

The Joy of Children’s Books
Natalie Kinsey (The Canada Geese Quilt, The Bear That Heard Crying, True Colors) Leda Schubert (Monsieur Marceau, Ballet of the Elephants)
Workshop, The Tent on the Green

Aug 17

7 PM
The Joy of Plays
Sabra Jones and Actors of the Greensboro Arts Alliance and Residency
Reading of a Bernard Pomerance play and a David Budbill play, The Tent on the Green

Aug 18

2 PM
Romance Writing
Anne Stuart (Consumed by Fire, Glass Houses) Workshop, The Tent on the Green

7 PM

The Joy of Genre
Elye Alexander and Alexander O. Smither (translators of Keigo Higashino’s Malice, Salvation of a Saint, and The Devotion of Suspect X)
Brian Staveley (The Providence of Fire, The Emperor's Blade)
Anne Stuart (
Consumed by Fire, Glass Houses)
Reading, The Tent on the Green

Aug 19


7 PM
The Joy of Poetry
Julia Shipley (The Academy of Hay, First Do No Harm) Sydney Lea (I Was Thinking of Beauty)
Merrill Leffler (
Mark the Music)

Verandah Porche (Sudden Eden) Reading, The Tent on the Green

Aug 20

 The Joy of the Land
2 PM Workshop - Writing and Publishing Place, Dede Cummings, Sile Post

7 PM Reading - Reading Place, Sara Dillon (Planning for Escape), Nancy Hill, Sheila Post (The Road to Walden North), Bret Stanciu (Hidden View)
Workshop and Reading, The Tent on the Green

Aug 21 
7 PM
The Joy of Being a Working Writer
Chris Bohjalian (Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands and The Light in the Ruins) Reading and Reception, Highland Lodge 

Many thanks go to the Greensboro Free Library and The Galaxy Bookstore in making the 2nd Annual Writers’ Forum a reality. 

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Musical Theater Day Camps


Musical Theater Day Camps

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Musical Theater Day Camps


Musical Theater Day Camps

The Greensboro Arts Alliance & Residency's Musical Theater Day Camps aim to give students of all ages and backgrounds the chance to let their dreams fly. GAAR believes that developing the creativity within people can open doors and change lives. The world is full of miracles; creativity makes everything possible. All students work with professionals of the Broadway stage (including TONY™ nominated artists) as well as qualified educators to help that journey happen. 

Since 1983, the Mirror has had a distinguished Arts in Education program. Nationally recognized by Brown and Williamson’s Achiever Prize in Washington, the program was early recognized by NYSCA. Sabra Jones, with Thomas McAteer and the late Dory Davidson, Vice Principal of the then Julia Richman High School, designed a complex and worthwhile program, “Self-Awareness through Acting and Dramatic Literature.” The program first operated with a drop-out prevention program at the school, involving nearly eighty students and six teachers from the school system, as well as Mirror interns. The program was so successful that CNN in 1994 featured it in a televised special involving the work "Othello."

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TMO


The Mirror Opera

(In Formation)

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The Mirror Opera

(In Formation)

As the great Victorian art critic, Walter Pater, once said:

"All art constantly aspires towards the condition of music, because, in its ideal, consummate moments, the end is not distinct from the means, the form from the matter, the subject from the expression; and to it therefore, to the condition of its performance."

Opera, as a performing art, lives up to this quote beautifully. Accordingly, the Mirror Theater is proud to be developing an opera company, and looks forward to presenting its first operetta in 2016.

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Greensboro Ballet Theater


MIRROR BALLET

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Greensboro Ballet Theater


MIRROR BALLET

(In Formation)

The Mirror is committed to developing an ensemble of talented dancers who will perform a complex and exciting repertoire.