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The Spotlight The Arts Foundation was formed by a group of Calabasas residents in 2004 to promote the arts in our community. As a grass-roots local arts organization that also qualifies as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit California corporation, Spotlight produces live performances and publicizes the activities of artists and other arts organizations in the Calabasas and surrounding areas.
We have produced live musical performances at the Leonis Adobe, the Sagebrush Cantina, the Louis B. Mayer Theatre at the Motion Picture and Television Fund facility, and the Calabasas Civic Center Amphitheatre.
We promote and assist with local events like the Pumpkin Festival, the Fine Arts Festival, the California International Theatre Festival, and the Method Fest Film Festival.
We have given local high-school students opportunities to showcase their talents by sponsoring and producing events like the Spotlight Student Film Festival, the "Ready
to be Loved - a Song Cycle", "Ten-Cent Cabaret - a Juke-Box Musical" and
most recently "Standards Under The Stars - an evening of Jazz, Swing &
We founded the Calabasas Theatre Company, obtaining a grant from the City of Calabasas, running fundraisers, recruiting all its volunteer force, and coordinating all this through to the Company's premier performance of Dylan Thomas's "Under Milk Wood".
From 2004 to 2006, Spotlight The Arts was the driving force behind plans to build and operate a performing arts center as part of the new Calabasas Civic Center. Working with the City of Calabasas, we raised funds and commissioned a detailed feasibility study for a fully-equipped theatre, including architectural drawings and a site plan for the space that had been allocated for the theatre by the City. Unfortunately, these plans had to be abandoned when budget cuts later eliminated the underground parking lot originally planned, so that the space allocated for the theatre was needed instead for above-ground parking. Spotlight continues its search for another suitable site. We remain convinced that the life of all residents of Calabasas and neighboring communities would be greatly enriched by a local performing arts center.
Moving forward, Spotlight the Arts is enthusiastic about the new opportunities for the arts afforded by our beautiful new Civic Center, with its Amphitheatre, Plaza, and Founders' Hall. We assist with programming and promotion of art events at these new venues, as well as at other venues in and near Calabasas.
Spotlight The Arts solicits input from the community as to what artistic events and programs they would like to see here. We work with the residents, the artists, and the government of the City of Calabasas to promote and support opportunities for the performing and visual arts. We welcome the participation of all members of the Calabasas community in our efforts.
The Spotlight The Arts Foundation was selected as Calabasas Citizen of the Year in 2004, and is a member of the Chambers of Commerce for Calabasas and for Agoura Hills.
About the members of the Board of Directors:
Josie Cyffka (President)
Robin Frederick (Vice
Marcie Goldwater (Treasurer)
Tiffany Gambardella (Secretary)
Lori Young (Historian)
Stephanie Cooper (Advisory
Judy Bernstein (Hospitality Chair)
Dr. Bradley Bobbs (Community Liaison)
Dylan Busse (Publicity Director)
Gordon Durich (Artistic Director)
Laura Setty (Membership Chair)
Advisory Board Member
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