|FOUNDATION FOR THE OPEN EYE
Board of Trustees
Amie Brockway, President
Linda Kundell, Vice President
Laura Battelani, Treasurer
Agnes Laub, Vice President
Elizabeth Sherr, Secretary
Gail Lennstrom, Trustee
Art Martello, Trustee
Gerry Balcar, Trustee
Jean Erdman, Co-founder
THE OPEN EYE THEATER STAFF
Producing Artistic Director
Richard De Genaro
THE OPEN EYE THEATER is the primary project of FOUNDATION FOR THE OPEN EYE, INC. a not-for-profit corporation founded in 1972 in New
York City by famed dancer-choreographer Jean Erdman and her husband the renowned mythologist Joseph Campbell. In the late 1980s and
1990s, under the leadership of producing artistic director Amie Brockway, the theater gained national recognition as a developer and
producer of leading plays for young and multi-generational audiences
THE OPEN EYE began a summer program in The Catskill Mountains in 1991, and expanded to year-round programming here in 1994. In 2000,
with support from The New York State Council on the Arts, THE OPEN EYE THEATER entered an Empire State Partnership with Margaretville
Central School, creating and implementing innovative classroom projects that use theater arts in the core curriculum grades K-12. School
residencies are available throughout the area. We have since entered into a similar partnership with Andes Central School.
THE OPEN EYE THEATER is dedicated to the creation, development and production of plays for a diverse audience in the Catskill Mountains;
providing children, youth and adult artists-in-training with quality hands-on education and theater arts experience. It is further dedicated to
developing a new theater audience in the villages of the Catskill Mountains.
THE OPEN EYE THEATER program includes a Main Stage Season, a Rehearsed Readings Series, after school and summer Youth Theater
Workshops, occasional weekend workshops, partnerships with Margaretville and Andes Central Schools, and other residencies . A unique
feature of these programs is the opportunity for local young people and adults to study, rehearse, and perform with guest professional
theater artists and top playwrights in the field of theater for young and family audiences.
|Open Eye Theater Trustee Gerry Balcar and Producing Artistic Director Amie Brockway visit
Founding Director Jean Erdman at her home in Honolulu.