Ridgefield, CT - The Ridgefield Arts Council invites local artists and creative professionals to the next installment of “The Generator.” The networking event will feature three speakers discussing their respective artistic endeavors, and will be held at 7:30pm, Monday, February 11th at the Ridgefield Theater Barn.
During the event, artists, writers and performers gather with the goal of learning, sharing, and networking with others to enhance both their creative process and their careers. The events are managed via the website Meetup.com and feature innovative speakers, arts demonstrations and presentations geared toward the creative community.
Carol Dorn is an actress, writer, and director with extensive experience in theater, film and television. Dorn has worked on countless productions, has served as a casting agent, and has written screenplays which have been optioned by Paramount, Universal and NewLine/FineLine. She has worked internationally and has received commissions by the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and Master in Film Program at Southwick University in London. Other career highlights include working for Lincoln Center, the Met Opera Company, Split Britches, Women’s Inter-art Theater Company and even as director of new screenplays by the Board of Governor's members of the Emmys. Dorn is currently directing Old Ringers at the Ridgefield Theater Barn and will discuss her plans to build an infinity green screen film studio on the Ridgefield/Danbury border.
Luiza Budea is a New York based multimedia artist who moved to Ridgefield last year. With two decades of experience in New York City understanding how artists can positively impact the economy of the area immediately surrounding them, she sought to bring her experience to Ridgefield. Budea founded Art on Main, with the aim of placing local artists in prominent and highly trafficked areas to help increase artist visibility. Budea has a BFA from Cooper Union and is working on ways in which art can engage and support the community. Budea will discuss her plans to undertake larger group projects bringing art back where it can make the biggest contributions to enriching the lives of people in Ridgefield.
Kelly Gleason is a professional dancer and a faculty member of the Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance. Gleason has studied under Twyla Tharp, performed works such as The Fugue and Burundi Drums, and been seen on the national tour of 42nd Street. Other recent performances include Holiday Inn at Paper Mill Playhouse (the recipient of the 2016 regional theatre Tony Award), My Fair Lady, Singin’ in the Rain and Crazy For You. Gleason graduated Summa Cum Laude from Pace University with a B.S. in commercial dance and psychology. Aside from performing, she has been teaching a wide variety of styles for 6 years, from students in creative movement to adult levels. Gleason will discuss how she balances professional performance work with being an invested dance teacher, and will give a short performance.
Following the brief presentations, members of The Generator will be encouraged to mix and mingle with presenters and each other. Creative types who live in and around Ridgefield are welcome to attend. Cost of attending The Generator is $5 for pre-registration (via meetup.com/The-Generator-Ridgefield-CT) or $10 at the door, which covers the cost of wine and light snacks.
The Ridgefield Theater Barn is located at 37 Halpin Lane in Ridgefield. For more information about the Ridgefield Arts Council, visit their Facebook page.