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Blauw Vier (Antwerp, Belgium)
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The award-winning SNAP Peoples Theatre Trust, located in Hertfordshire, England brings to life this new adaptation of Thomas Hardys Far From the Madding Crowd.

SNAP Theatre was founded by Andy Graham in 1979, who serves as the Artistic Director for the theatre and Director of this production. With the belief that the arts should be more accessible to the public as well as challenging, stimulating and thought-provoking, SNAP Theatre is dedicated to creating works that are as educational as they are entertaining. SNAP is committed to working in the community, performing at schools, village halls, arts centres, studio theatres and main house theatres nationwide. Notable productions include Pride and Prejudice, Brave New World, Animal Farm and The Picture of Dorian Gray.

Having built a solid reputation, SNAP has pioneered major programs for to developing the art of theatre for youth. The Bishops Stortford Youth Theatre was founded to provide local young people, 6-21 years old, the opportunity to learn practical and enjoyable theatre skills. As part of an international partnership, SNAP and several other theatres hold an annual International Youth Theatre. SNAP also runs several Theatre-in-Education programs touring throughout the region, using theatre presentations as a learning tool in schools.

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Stage One, located at the Bomhard Theatre of the Kentucky Center for the Arts, brings Frankenstein and Pinocchio to our Globalstage series. Stage One is a company of professional actors, directors, administrators, designers, and educators dedicated to bringing the finest quality live theatre to young people, their teachers, and families everywhere.

Now in its 52nd season, Stage One is recognized as one of the nation's leading professional theatres for young audiences. The company has received numerous awards and commendations, including the Sara Spencer Award as the Outstanding Children's Theatre company in the Southeast. In 1992, Stage One was awarded a grant from the Arts in Education Program of the National Endowment for the Arts to create a three-year pilot program incorporating theatre into local educational curricula.

Stage One's Artistic Director is Mr. Moses Goldberg, nationally and internationally recognized as a leader in theatre for young audiences. Mr. Goldberg has directed professionally at theatres from Washington to Florida and was Artistic Director at the Asolo Touring Theatre and PAF Youth Theatre Center. Active in the International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People, Goldberg has attended meetings of the Association and directed the world premiere of On The Edge at Moscow's famed Tangaka Theatre. He has written over twenty-five plays and published ten of them including Aladdin, The Outlaw Robin Hood, The Men's Cottage and The Wind in the Willows.

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Located in the picturesque city of Antwerp, Blauw Vier is the site of Cyrano. Blauw Vier produces theatre for children, young people, and families. A familiar name in the Dutch speaking theatre world, Blauw Vier creates imaginative language to express unity between the worlds of children and adults.

The theatre of Blauw Vier is characterized by clear acting, light-hearted and free interpretation of texts, and innovative settings.  Especially captivating for its unusual approach to nontraditional themes, Blauw Vier has developed its own improvisational methods to interpret and dramatize texts. (Most of these texts are not originally written for the stage).

The theatre's Artistic Directors are Greet Vissers and Jo Roets. Jo Roets' traveling production of Cyrano was nominated for the Signaalprijs 1996 and the Hans Snoeck Prize 1996, both eminent Dutch theatre awards. For her direction on A Lady in the Cupboard and The Chambermaid, Greet Vissers was nominated for the Signaalprijs 1992. Blauw Vier was nominated for the OCE Podium Prize in 1997. Officially recognized and subsidized by the Flemish Government, the theatre is in its fifth year of live productions.

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