Friday, August 6, 2010
Just Off Broadway closing for construction
In the 1990s, Terry Dopson, then Executive Director of the Parks Department, began conversations with several theatrical companies that had no quality theatre available for their performances. He proposed that the Parks Department build a theatre in their storage facility at 3051 Central. When that facility burned, the department took the insurance money and built the existing Just Off Broadway Theatre within the still standing stone walls of that building. Mr. Dopson and the Parks Department supported the formation of the Just Off Broadway Theatre Association to operate the theatre.
The first performances were held in 2000. In the next ten years, JOBTA has served as a theatre venue for more than sixty performing arts and film companies who have produced almost 200 shows and 1000 performances for audiences numbering more than 40,000.
This year the Board of Just Off Broadway Theatre Association, under the guidance of Bob Rohlf, former executive director of Starlight Theatre, has developed a new Strategic Plan. When the lights go up next April, that plan will be implemented in a revitalized and expanded theatre.
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