Dec 112012

There are so many things that I am grateful for.

I am grateful to all of my family and friends who have stood behind me all along while trying to fulfill my dream of creating the Ambassador Theater International Cultural Center (ATICC), which unites people from around the world through theater. Thanks to their love and friendship everything has become possible.

I am truly grateful to all of my dear friends, actors, directors, designers, artists, authors, translators and theater experts for all of their collaboration in making all Ambassador Theater’s performances, stage readings, and bare-bones productions so meaningful and unique.

I am grateful to all of our board members, partners, donors, spectators and diplomatic representatives for their devotion, support and expertise in making our steps in developing international cultural dialog so smooth.

Finally, thank you to my Little Thomas who at 4 years old became our first true supporter and believer in our mission to bring to DC the best works from around the world.

During our first 3 years, we were able to produce 8 main stage productions, 6 Bare-Bones and Stage Readings, 2 New Work Series, 4 Literary Café programs, various play reading workshops and 5 summer theater production camps, 2 semesters of the Studio Classes and 7 outreach educational programs. We have worked with over 100 actors, many artists, authors, translators, directors and designers and worked with over 400 students and many interns from various DC Metro schools and colleges. Our productions were seen by over 5,000 spectators in many venues around the area. Finally, we have been noticed by the theatreWashington organization and Helen Hayes judges came to see our shows and recognized our big effort to bring new and unknown to DC works of the most recognized artists from abroad.

All of that was only possible because of all of you and because of the work of so many people. Nothing happens without creative collaboration and the reaction of our audience. Thanks to you, we were able to accomplish so much in so little time and with so limited resources. We are now working on our future programs, performances and educational programs.

In 2013, we will present several evenings in a series called Theater and I: A Tribute to Professor Daniel Gerould devoted to memory of the creative work of our belated Board Member, Professor Daniel Gerould, who passed away this year in February. We will produce the Stage Readings and Bare Bones productions of various plays from Poland, Belgium, Russia and France, translated by Daniel Gerould as well as his own play. Thanks to his works and friendship we are able to travel and explore interesting works of various playwrights from around the world. In June/July, we are planning to produce a US Premiere of The Third Breast by Ireneusz Iredynski and in September/October, with the partnership of the Embassy of the Czech Republic we will present Audience by Vaclav Havel with the guest actresses, Miřenka Cechova and Jaromira Milova as our International Artist Series and develop into an American production with the American actors. In December 2013, we will present a special event Dionysia, a Greek Festival with the play Dyskolos and Greek dance and music at the George Washington Masonic Memorial Theater.

As part of our International Cultural Center, we will continue our successful outreach programs in local schools and Studio Classes at Convergence. Check our website for more information and registration. We are also already planning two exciting theater production summer camps at the George Washington Masonic Memorial Theater for kids 4 and up exploring the shadow puppets of China and a Teen Theater production at SOURCE with the The Doctor In Spite of Himself by Moliere in the Commedia Dell’Arte style.

In order to fulfill our dreams, we still need more help in many areas! As a fellow champion of the arts who is dedicated to promoting a cultural dialogue, I invite ALL CREATIVE MINDS to join our family, the Ambassador Theater International Cultural Center. Our mission focuses on more than artful entertainment. ATICC promotes cultural understanding by creating theater for bridging the gap between cultures and communities. ATICC’s educational programs target DC-area youth to increase their awareness and understanding of international cultures and theater.

All of us here at ATICC highly value the trust many have placed in us to be the best new theater in Washington, DC. It is my sincere hope that you will consider making a generous gift to help us expand and enhance our programs. Check our Highlight page and Membership Options. Your support is greatly appreciated and will ensure the continued success of this exciting, new cultural and performing arts organization.

We are looking forward to your friendship and support and to see you at our shows and events!

Happy Holidays!

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