OFC Creations Theatre Center to open in Brighton
Arts center for youth theater education, professional plays and musicals, and community events to begin operations this summer
Brighton, N.Y. – A new performing arts center is opening in Brighton this summer — the OFC Creations Theatre Center. The center will be located at Winton Place Plaza, at 3450 Winton Place, located off Winton Road.
The new OFC Creations Theatre Center is a multi-purpose arts center that will focus on youth theater education and performances, mounting professional plays and musicals, hosting community events, presenting out-of-town entertainers, and providing much-needed performance space to local arts groups. The center will offer classes in acting, singing, and dancing; school field trips and tours; community events; and theater camps during summer and school. OFC Creations currently offers the largest summer theater camp program in upstate New York.
The theater will have seating for 260, with newly installed and raked theater seats, plus new stage curtains and drapes and a re-designed lobby for community receptions and events. The center is air conditioned, ADA accessible, and has parking for 700 vehicles.
“This new center is exactly what our students, artists, and audiences need right now,” said Eric Johnson, OFC founder and executive director, who is a Pittsford native and Brighton resident. “The center is ideal for expanding our already growing programming and allows for us to connect and partner with many more community arts organizations.”
Since 2005, OFC Creations has offered a palette of opportunities for theatergoers, performers, and students — and has continued expanding programs to meet student and audience demand. Under Johnson’s leadership, OFC Creations was founded to give adults and students an opportunity to push their creative limits.
Before having its own home, OFC productions were at Kodak Center, Nazareth College, East End Theatre, and, most recently, in residence at the Lyric Theatre. OFC’s current programs and summer camps are to take place in their previously announced locations, including Kodak Center and Lyric Theatre.
“We are thrilled when the arts expand and grow, especially for organizations as important as OFC Creations, which flourished while in residence at the Lyric Theatre, said Sue Cotroneo, artistic director of the Lyric. “We anticipate more growth and success for Eric and the OFC team, and look forward to future OFC and Lyric collaborations.”
Hunter Ekberg of Brighton will serve as OFC’s operations manager. He has appeared in numerous OFC productions, as well as behind the scenes directing youth and teen productions and summer camps. Ekberg is also director of Hands-In Entertainment, a local non-profit focused on event and performance interpreting for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing community members.
“Rochester’s newest treasure [the OFC Creations Theatre Center], is a perfect venue for directors, actors, and patrons. For so long, Rochester has needed an accessible and affordable theatre of this size for the arts,” Judith Ranaletta said.
OFC’s full operations will begin in the new center beginning September 2020. The OFC 2020-2021 season will be announced at the OFC opening night gala early this summer.
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