The new auditorium is named for Colleen Shea and provides dedicated theatre arts performance space for the children of Northeastern Pennsylvania
Members of the Colleen Shea Children’s Foundation and Nancy Shea, the mother of Colleen Shea, visited KISS Theatre Company on July 24, 2016 for the official naming of the new Colleen Shea Auditorium at KISS Theatre’s new home in Joe Amato’s East End Centre.
Two years ago, when KISS Theatre Company suddenly lost their theatre lease, the Colleen Shea Children’s Foundation was one of the first organizations to step forward and provide critical assistance. Their generous donation of $25,000 was the foundation of a construction campaign for a new theatre for KISS Theatre Company’s young performers.
”We are very proud to have been an integral part of the revitalization of a very special organization,” said Patricia Prociak, Board President of the Colleen Shea Children’s Foundation. “The success of KISS Theatre Company is the result of the dedication, passion, and hard work of the theatre’s management, staff, and very talented children. Colleen Shea possessed the same energy and passion for life. Naming the auditorium in Colleen’s honor is the perfect way to cherish her memory and continue the mission of our Foundation.”
The Colleen Shea Auditorium is the premier performance space within the new theatre, and features fixed seating for 160 audience members, a 1,000 square-foot stage and contemporary sound and lighting. The auditorium is the keystone of KISS Theatre’s new 15,000 square-foot facility, which includes an additional theatre studio, technical set laboratory, rehearsal rooms, handicapped accessible restrooms, and storage for extensive costumes, sets and props.
During the foundation’s visit, they toured the facility, met with KISS kids and staff, and enjoyed a performance of Winnie the Pooh, KIDS by young actors in KISS Theatre Company’s troupe.
“We are honored to name our main performance auditorium after Colleen Shea, a young woman who loved working with children and believed in supporting their potential,” said Jessica Suda, Artistic Director of KISS Theatre Company. “We deeply appreciate the foundation’s generosity and support.”
The Colleen Shea Children’s Foundation was established following the tragic death of Colleen Shea in an automobile accident in October of 2001. The foundation’s mission is “to help serve the needs of children through charitable fundraising and community service.” The board of directors is composed of friends, family and business associates of Colleen who recognize the love Colleen showed for children and her desire to be a positive influence in their lives.
KISS (Kids Innovating Stage and Sound) Theatre Company is an inclusive, nonprofit performing arts organization whose mission is to educate, entertain, and enrich the lives of young people through the arts of theatre, dance and song. For more information, please visit www.kisstheatre.org.
Founded in 2001 to honor the memory of Colleen Shea, the foundation’s mission is raising funds for the benefit of charitable organizations dedicated to the research, treatment and eradication of childhood diseases and maladies, and supporting other charitable organizations dedicated to the general welfare of children. To learn more about the foundation, please visit www.colleensheafoundation.com.