It is with a heavy heart that we learned of the passing of our friend and former colleague, Barry Corn.
Barry was a cherished member of our theater community. He was a member of our board and also served as president for a few years. He performed in countless shows at the Barn and other area theaters. He was a part of our family and he will be dearly missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.
To learn more about Barry, how he touched all who knew him, and the planned celebration of his life, read this lovely obituary in the Ridgefield Press
After careful consideration, Wayne Leiss has decided to step down as Executive Director of the Ridgefield Theater Barn as of October 1, 2016, to pursue a career opportunity in the Health and Wellness field. The board would like to thank Wayne for his 26 years of service including the past two as ED. We are thrilled that Wayne will not be leaving us, but instead has agreed to rejoin the board and serve as the Theater Manager in a volunteer capacity. As such, Wayne will be in charge of all the facilities, scheduling, and calendars for the Theater Barn, a small portion of what he did as Executive Director.
Given his work in this role, as well as the theater’s continued efforts searching for new board members, the board has decided not to pursue hiring a new Executive Director at this time. They will revisit this decision in the future. Board leadership, presided over by Pamme Jones, President, remains intact.
The Theater Barn continues to be committed to an expansion, both of their physical building, as well as their programming. Stay tuned for our expansion capital campaign in 2017! If you are interested in volunteering at the Barn, or becoming a part of our board and/or capital campaign efforts, please contact Pamme Jones at email@example.com. For information on our current season of shows, classes, and special events, please visit www.ridgefieldtheaterbarn.org
We are thrilled to announce that the blueprints for our expansion plan were approved last week by the town's zoning board. Read all about it!
The Planning and Zoning Commission didn’t take long to approve plans to renovate and expand the Ridgefield Theater Barn.
The commission unanimously passed a revision to the building’s special permit to allow a 1,217 square-foot addition to the town-owned building that the community theater rents for $1 per year.
As a carpenter and passionate stage dad, Mike put in countless hours planning, designing, and building stage sets for both The Ridgefield Theater Barn and New Milford CSA. He stepped up without even being asked, showed up without prompting and offered up his services free of charge with total dedication and love of service. Mike built sets on site and at home, and some of his favorite and most challenging set builds included the Dog Sees God doghouse and the Once Upon a Mattress twenty mattress high bed.
Mike was an avid stage dad and shuttled his youngest son Dominick and neighboring theater friends faithfully to rehearsals, shows and after-show events in and around Ridgefield and New Milford. In addition to volunteering as a stage hand and usher for every show, he went above and beyond in his work on the sets. He designed, built, painted, and tore down (or “struck” in theater language) far better than any other could. Mike could be counted on to show up with power tools in hand, direct the tear down, and teach his fellow volunteers on the fly. Mike’s dedication to and passion for the Ridgefield Theater Barn and New Milford CSA will be greatly missed. No show would have been what it was without him. He truly is exceptional.