October 22, 2012
Marcie Gorman-Althof is a local philanthropist with a love for children and theatre. Now, she combines these two passions with the establishment of the Marcie Gorman Theatre Outreach Program at the Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts. Thanks to Mrs. Gorman’s generous contribution of $10,000 to the School of the Arts Foundation, 1,000 disadvantaged children and parents from across Palm Beach County will experience the magic of live theatre as they are welcomed to the Dreyfoos Theatre department’s fall production of A Raisin in the Sun.
The Marcie Gorman Theatre Outreach Program aims to make theatre inclusive to underprivileged children. When Wade Handy, Dreyfoos’s Dean of Theatre, approached Mrs. Gorman with the idea to establish a fund that would provide complimentary admission to Dreyfoos Theatre productions, she jumped onboard with no hesitation. Handy said, “I know no greater advocate for access to the theatre than Marcie Gorman, and no better play to introduce this program than A Raisin in the Sun.”
Gorman and Handy worked with Bruce Lewis, chairman of West Palm Beach’s Downtown Development Authority and the Black Chamber of Commerce, to develop a list of targeted Title One schools and community-based organizations that serve disadvantaged children. Schools, such as Lake Worth Middle and Glades Central High, and community organizations, including the Boys and Girls Club and the Urban League, are distributing tickets to the children they serve.
“The response has been tremendous! I believe that this really proves that there is a desire in our community for everyone to have access to the theatre,” said Gorman. She continues, “I am excited to meet these children and their parents at the A Raisin in the Sun performances!”
In addition to her generous financial support of the Dreyfoos Theatre department Mrs. Gorman is a member of the School of the Arts Foundation Board of Directors and is a volunteer and substitute teacher here at Dreyfoos – her favorite ‘part’ of all.