Coachella Valley Repertory (CVREP) is expanding its Youth Outreach Program with the support of a grant from the Auen Foundation. Under the leadership of Howard Shangraw, CVREP’s Youth Outreach Program consists of in-school educational outreach, conservatory-style classes and theatrical experiences at the Cathedral City playhouse.
CVREP’s Youth Outreach Program is dedicated to fostering intergenerational collaboration. With about 80 percent of CVREP’s base audience over the age of 65, CVREP is working to build community and connect generations through classes, volunteer programs, talk-back sessions, youth productions and more.
“This interplay between seniors and our community’s youth is instrumental in bridging age gaps, nurturing mentorship, and ensuring that the wisdom of the past is imparted to future performers and theatre audiences,” said Shangraw, Director of the Conservatory and Community Outreach Programs for CVREP.
An award-winning actor and director, Shangraw brings a wealth of experience to his somewhat new role at CVREP. Throughout his impressive career, he has been involved in Off-Broadway productions, summer stock, feature films, episodic television, daytime soap operas and regional theatre productions.
“Howard’s experience and leadership are elevating our youth programs with the same kind of quality and dedication that runs throughout CVREP’s performances and arts initiatives,” said Adam Karsten, Executive Artistic Director for CVREP. “Thanks to the Auen Foundation grant, our next endeavor will bring theatre directly to the students. With our Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) program, evolving in 2024, CVREP hopes to inspire the next generation of artists and theatre enthusiasts.”
Now in its 16th season, CVREP is an educational, dramatic and musical theatre organization that offers thought-provoking, innovative theatre of substance, and a voice to a wide range of artists and visions. CVREP provides productions and outreach programs that positively enrich, enhance and impact the quality of life for residents and visitors in the Coachella Valley.
“Arts and culture are extremely important in today’s complicated world,” said Sherrie Auen, the Foundation’s Trustee. “We’re happy to make this contribution to help CVREP continue its mission, which enriches people’s lives of all ages.”
For more information about CVREP and its programs and live performances, go to cvrep.org or call 760–296-2966. CVREP is located 68–510 E. Palm Canyon Dr., Cathedral City.