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Welcome to Creative Economy Week in Eau Claire!

During Creative Economy Week we’ll shine a spotlight on the strong and growing arts and culture economy in Eau Claire and the Chippewa Valley. We want to recognize the efforts and importance of the creative class workers that add to the quality of life we enjoy in Eau Claire.

The creative economy is a powerful engine of growth and community vitality. Together, artists, cultural nonprofits, and creative businesses produce and distribute cultural goods and services that generate jobs, revenue, and quality of life. A thriving cultural sector leads to thriving communities. The arts and culture sector in the U.S. is a $699 billion industry, providing 4.3 percent of the nation’s GDP. This impact drives economic development on the national, state, regional, and local level.

Tuesday, May 16 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm
State of our Theatre

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Celebrate the flourishing theatre scene in the Chippewa Valley with a night of conversation and drinks. Representatives from theatre organizations in the region will reflect on where we’ve been, where we’re going, and how the community can continue to promote and advance local theatre. The discussion will be followed by an opportunity to mingle, rub shoulders with your favorite local performing artists, and The Plus' regularly scheduled Open Mic!

This event is FREE and open to all!


Moderator
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Ben Richgruber

Executive Director, Eau Claire Regional Arts
Ben is the Executive Director of the Eau Claire Regional Arts Center and holds a Comprehensive Theatre Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire. Since then, he has honed his entertainment skills by teaching at the Disney Institute and performing with numerous improvisational... Read More →

Panelists
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Amber Dernbach

Theater Teacher & Improv Coach, Memorial High School
Amber Dernbach is the Improv actor and coach as well as the theater and EL (English as a second language) teacher at Memorial High School in Eau Claire. Amber is also the director of the Eau Claire Improve Fest.
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Arthur Grothe

Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts, Artistic Director of Theatre, University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
Arthur Grothe received his M.F.A. in Acting from the University of Florida and has both a B.A. in Communications and Theatre Arts as well as a B.A. in English from Heidelberg University. He has also had additional training from the Stanislavsky Summer Institute, The Lessac Summer... Read More →
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Jake Lindgren

Founder, Downstage Left
I started Downstage Left out of a desire to challenge myself as a director and to challenge young actors who are still enrolled in higher education pursuing theatre.  As a non traditional student at The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, students often asked me about my experience... Read More →
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Ann Sessions

Executive Director, Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild
Ann Sessions has been in the Executive Director of the Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild since 2001. She is a Board Member of the Confluence Arts Center, Downtown Eau Claire Inc, and the West Grand Avenue Business Improvement District.  Theatre Arts come naturally for her; her father... Read More →

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The Plus

Your Eau Claire Restaurant, Bar and Live Entertainment Venue where the PLUS means MORE!!We’re excited to be downtown Eau Claire’s award winning eating, drinking and entertainment spot. From artisan pizzas and burgers to great live music and comedy held on our main stage or our... Read More →



Tuesday May 16, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm
The Plus 208 S Barstow St, Eau Claire, WI

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