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Edgewater's Redtwist Theatre Hopes To Expand Into Nearby Storefronts

By Linze Rice | January 5, 2016 5:30am
 Redtwist Theatre, 1044 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., wants to grow into two neighboring storefronts it's currently using at a
Redtwist Theatre, 1044 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., wants to grow into two neighboring storefronts it's currently using at a "deep discount" as a dressing room.
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EDGEWATER — Edgewater's Redtwist Theatre said "opportunity" is knocking on its door — and it's ready to answer.

In a post online, Artistic Director Michael Colucci and Managing Director Jan Ellen Graves said after experiencing another busy year of productions, it was clear the theater at 1044 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. needed to draw in more revenue and offer more seats for customers.

The pair said they put their "thinking caps on" and realized the sound of opportunity was indeed coming from an adjacent pair of empty storefronts they were currently using as a dressing room at a "deep discount."

"Redtwist's performance space could use a little breathing room," the post said.

The theater's fundraising goal to secure the spots is $60,000, and officials said they've already raised "several thousands."

At any time, another renter could swoop in and lease the stores at market value, the duo acknowledged, "but we have to try — because opportunity is indeed knocking."

In addition to money, the pair said they need volunteers to help fundraise and collaborate on ideas, architects to help design plans, theater managers to lend their skills and any other type of assistance.

Colucci and Graves described the potential for a Redtwist Theatre Arts Center in which they could hold classes, rent space for rehearsals and host parties and events in addition to their regular theater.

The theater, formerly called Actors Workshop Theatre, moved to Edgewater in 2002 in a transformed office space along Bryn Mawr Avenue in the Bryn Mawr Historic District.

Since coming to the neighborhood, the theater has been nominated for 43 Jeff Awards and taken home nine Non-Equity Jeff Awards.

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