My name is Ksa Curry and I am the founder of The Angelica Players. I grew up in Angelica, a beautiful, rural village in Western New York. Opportunities for children in theater were extremely limited, as is the plight in many rural communities. My friends and I directed and performed versions of Macbeth and Twelfth Night in our backyards and living rooms until we were old enough to become involved in the community theater in the area. When I was young, my mother started a small community theater company called The Angelica Players. We dusted off the hundred year old blue velvet curtains and put on plays on the small stage in our library. I soaked in as much of that world as I could, and I didn’t forget the need for children’s theater.
When I graduated high school in 2013, I organized and directed the first Angelica Players Summer Theater Camp. My fellow backyard actor and friend Alan Salyer, now a filmmaker in Brooklyn, NY, worked with me and we ran several summer camps for the children in our small community, sharing the mission to bring theater to our small town. For years we watched as children, parents, and community members came together for the arts.
In 2018, I brought our programming to the West Coast, carrying the name The Angelica Players with me to honor and celebrate my roots. Our team of artists grew as we developed and evolved, branching out to serve children across the country. We now offer several programs that are developed to support a range of age groups and community needs.
We remain committed to serving small communities, like Angelica, NY, that don’t have children’s performing arts opportunities. We’re excited to see where we go from here.