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Thursday, August 1, 2019

Dreamcatcher Receives Grants for Assistive Listening Equipment



Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, professional Theatre in Residence at Oakes Center in Summit, has received two grants in support of access services for the disabled. Both the first, from the Lillian Pitkin Schenck Fund and the second, from the Union Foundation, will enable them to purchase their own assistive listening system for their patrons. For the past several years, Dreamcatcher has been borrowing a system from the New Jersey Theatre Alliance, but now listening devices will be available for all programs throughout the year. 
The Lillian Pitkin Schenck Fund, administered by PNC Wealth Management, was established to support arts and culture, children and youth, mental health, and social and human services in New Jersey. The Union Foundation typically grants to local hospitals and health organizations, organizations engaged in ecological endeavors, and arts and educational institutions. With these two grants combined, Dreamcatcher patrons will now have their experience greatly enhanced by the boost in volume and clarity that the assistive listening system provides.This is one of many access services that Dreamcatcher has offered for years, but possessing the equipment will allow them to focus on developing other services, such as audio description, sign interpretation and open captioning. 
Last year, the Summit Lions’ Club, who are known as "knights of the blind” and whose primary mission is to run programs and services for the blind and visually impaired, brought a 50-patron group to one of Dreamcatcher’s mainstage productions. With the new equipment, Dreamcatcher is looking forward to hosting the Lions’ Club again in their upcoming 2019/2020 season. In addition, individuals at any performance who would benefit from enhanced sound may take advantage of the equipment.
For information on this or any of Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre's programs, please visit www.dreamcatcherrep.org or contact Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre at Oakes Center, 120 Morris Avenue, Summit, NJ 07901, 908-514-9654.

About Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre:
Dreamcatcher was founded in 1994 and is a non-profit professional ensemble of actors who build community with the audience by sharing contemporary, life-affirming stories that challenge, energize and entertain. Our work has at its heart a belief in the essential goodness of people and the power of live performance to connect people through our shared humanity. We expose theatregoers to ideas and lives like and unlike their own with the intention of awakening their imaginations and creating empathy for others. We deepen the experience of all our patrons with personal contact through receptions, talkbacks, and interactive programs.
The company’s activities include mainstage productions, improvisational comedy and cabarets, new play readings and a variety of educational and senior outreach programs.

Dreamcatcher’s programs are funded by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and many other corporations, foundations and individuals.  Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre is an Equity Producing member of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance.
Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) co

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