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AAME Speaker Series at the Bristol Public Library: Richard Rose of the Barter Theatre, "Community Building through Theatre and the Arts"

March 17, 2014

The Arts Alliance Mountain Empire, in cooperation with the Bristol Public Library, is pleased to announce the second in the AAME Speakers Series. The AAME Speakers Series features local and regional personalities sharing their expertise on topics that enrich and encourage the arts and general communities of our region. This series also provides a forum for member organizations of AAME to tell of their contributions to the Mountain Empire region. This event, taking place at the Bristol Public Library on Thursday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m., will feature Richard Rose, Producing Artistic Director of Abingdon’s Barter Theatre. His topic will be “Community Building through Theatre and the Arts.”

Serving in his twenty-first season as only the third artistic director in Barter’s illustrious 81-year history, Rick has quadrupled Barter’s annual attendance. Barter’s audiences know Rick's work well. His original adaptations of plays have been extremely popular and include It’s a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Carol, Dracula!, Frankenstein, acknowledged as one of the best new regional theatre plays of the year, and, of course, A Modern Christmas Carol, which will grace Barter’s stage again in 2014. Triumphs as a director from 2013 include Les Misérables, Thicker Than Water and Ghost in the Meadow. Rick has served on many of state and regional non-profit boards and currently serves on the Tourism Committee for the Virginia Chamber of Commerce. Rick did post-graduate work at New York University, has a MFA from the University of California, Davis, and BA from St. Norbert College, DePere, Wisconsin, where he was honored with a “distinguished achievement award in humanities.” Rick was also one of the first-ever recipients of the Town of Abingdon's Arthur Campbell Award for extraordinary contributions to this community.

Each of the AAME Speakers Series events takes place at the Bristol Public Library, located at 701 Goode Street, Bristol, Virginia.