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Evans Bank to support arts engagement and education at Shea's Performing Arts Center


Wed, Jan 19th 2022 04:50 pm

Shea’s Performing Arts Center is proud to welcome Evans Bank as its newest corporate partner. Evans Bank is serving as the presenting sponsor of Shea’s Arts Engagement and Education Broadway Master Class programs, in addition to supporting Shea’s black-tie gala, the production of “Once on This Island” at Shea’s 710 Theatre, and Shea’s holiday community photos in 2022. Shea’s Performing Arts Center said it is excited to collaborate with Evans Bank and bring new offerings to Western New York audiences.

A press release noted, “With the support of Evans Bank, Shea’s Arts Engagement and Education will continue to grow their master class program for students in the community. In collaboration with the touring Broadway productions that come to Buffalo, Shea’s offers master classes and workshops in the areas of musical theater, dance, design, and other key components of performance and theater development. The master classes typically bring one or more actors from the touring company to teach a class to local students at Shea’s Performing Arts Center, a local community center, school, or virtually.”

Director of Arts Engagement and Education Thembi Duncan said, “With support from Evans Bank, our team can expand our education opportunities to our community. These classes provide students a first-hand experience with theater professionals that are touring the country and experts in their craft.”

Evans Bank is also supporting Shea’s in other areas of the organization with the black-tie gala held in May, holiday community photos in late fall of 2022, and “Once on This Island” at Shea’s 710 Theatre.

Shea’s Performing Arts Center President Michael G. Murphy said, “We are excited to partner with Evans Bank and are grateful to their commitment to the Western New York community for the last 100 years. And we are so grateful to Evans Bank for recognizing and understanding the importance of theater education for the youth across our region.”

Evans Bank Vice President of Marketing Chris Passarell said, “Evans Bank is thrilled to partner with Shea’s Performing Arts to launch impactful and experience-based initiatives. This is the beginning of a mutually beneficial arrangement between our local and beloved businesses.”

To learn more about Shea’s Master Class Program supported by Evans Bank, visit https://www.sheas.org/arts-engagement-and-education/.

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