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Proctors plans third-floor theatrical training center

Proctors plans third-floor theatrical training center

The ghosts in the third floor at Proctors will have to make way for the Adeline Graham Theatrical Tr

The ghosts in the third floor at Proctors will have to make way for the Adeline Graham Theatrical Training and Innovation Center.

“The news is that we’ve been able to successfully raise some money for a whole bunch of wonderful things,” said Proctors’ CEO Philip Morris on Wednesday afternoon. “Addy was a board member at Proctors for eight years and was very supportive of our mission here.”

The Addy, as the space will be called, will offer theatrical options for Capital Region youths looking for various careers in the theater. It will be a multi-use arts education space which will include a 100-seat theater, three classrooms, a media lab and a dance studio/event space.”

Wednesday’s announcement trumpeted the final phase of Proctors’ $13.2 million fundraising campaign. The money still needed to be raised to build The Addy comes to $688,000.

“The response from the community to this campaign has been both humbling and inspiring,” said Morris. “The progress we’ve made, in return, gives back to the community in so many ways. Greener energy, job creation, historic preservation, enhanced arts programming. Now, with The Addy on the horizon, we can really empower the youth of the Capital Region and put the power of the arts into action and change people’s lives.”

The Addy will be located on the third floor at Proctors in a section of the complex that used to house Carl Company.

Graham, who directed the Wright Family Foundation before her death in December 2012, lived in Niskayuna and was a graduate of Nott Terrace High School and the University of North Carolina.

“Addy was a member of the Wright family, and our education program has grown and grown with her help and support,” said Morris. “I feel fortunate that a theater group like Proctors can get this kind of support in these times. We are very lucky.”

Reach Gazette reporter Bill Buell at 395-3190 or [email protected]

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