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Things Unseen Theatre was founded in the summer of 2011 by Jody Hesley and Valerie Stratton as a result of discussions about the need for additional theatrical outlets and support in central Pennsylvania.
The mission of Things Unseen Theatre is threefold: to integrate theatre as a common activity within the community of central Pennsylvania, to support local playwrights, and to present theatrical productions with a point of view - specifically, plays that address social issues of particular importance in the central Pennsylvania region. The goal is to use theatre as not only an entertainment vehicle, but also as a means to inform, educate, stimulate thought, and encourage action in addressing issues.
The vision for Things Unseen Theatre is to become a theatre company unique in the central Pennsylvania region with respect to the type of productions and in providing support for local playwrights. We plan to produce shows that will entice people who don't normally attend theatre to come while still maintaining high standards. Some presentations will address topics such as drug abuse, domestic and child abuse, racial issues, homosexuality, women's health issues, and bullying, among others. We will support local playwrights by presenting readings of early drafts and producing original works when possible. Other artists, musicians, dancers, writers, etc. will also be encouraged to participate in various ways. Our hope is to integrate theatre as a common activity within the community of central Pennsylvania.
IN MEMORY OF JODY HESLEY
Co-founder of Things Unseen, Jody Hesley, passed away on October 4, 2013. Jody was a passionate, artistic soul who left us much too soon. Things Unseen will continue with the help of others who have become part of our family. In particular, Tom Liszka has come on board as co-artistic director. Tom brings many years of theatre experience and will be a wonderful partner. Jody will never be forgotten; he was loved by many including the owners of our venue who have dedicated the stage to him.
Our venue - The Church in the Middle of the Block
Located at 217 5th Avenue, Altoona, the former Second United Brethern Church was slated for demolition in the mid-90s, and was saved when it was purchased by artist and art restorer John Rita along with several partners. It has been transformed into a versatile, creative space for the arts including an art studio space, a reception hall, a secluded garden and an auditorium with a large thrust stage. The seating area is made up of the original pews and can seat approximately 125 people. Various local performing arts groups have appeared here and it is available for rental. Things Unseen is the resident theatre company.