Clear Space Theatre Company: Artistic Endeavors of Integrity and Risk

Wesley Paulson,
Executive Director
Doug Yetter, Artistic Director
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About Clear Space Theatre Company

The Clear Space Theatre Company, a 501(c)3 cultural organization, founded in 2004, is located at 20 Baltimore Avenue (Beach Block), Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971. The Clear Space Theatre Company is comprised of  a remarkable team of full-time, part-time, and volunteer administrators, artists, and educators.

The Three Facets of Clear Space are: The Acting Company (a professional acting company producing dozens of performances each season); The Arts Institute (an educational program offering classes to more than 700 students of all ages); On Tour (community presentations throughout Delaware using professional actors and outstanding students, offered in cooperation with local civic groups).

Clear Space’s Current Operating Budget is supported 47% by earned income (ticket sales, tuition, and performance contracts) and 53% by contributed income (including individual donors, local businesses, grants and the earnings of our Encore Thrift Shop).

Governance and Management of the Clear Space Theatre Company is conducted within the guidelines of a regularly updated ten year Strategic Plan implemented by professional staff, a volunteer board of directors, several independent contractors and a devoted and growing volunteer corps.

Organizational Goals

  • Offer performing arts classes at all age and experience levels.
  • Offer public performances of established and new works throughout southern Delaware using area artists supplemented with professional guest artists.
  • Make classes and performances accessible to under-served audiences.
  • Build upon current partnerships with educational and community organizations.
  • Expand a full-time administrative structure to support artistic products of the highest quality.
  • Sustain and expand a governing body that provides oversight for artistic growth and fiscal stability.

The Acting Company provides approximately 150 professional theatre performances each year. The company’s performances are developed by a paid team of theatrical artisans, emphasizing exceptional acting, elaborate costumes, and creative lighting. The talented casts, often utilizing students of the Arts Institute, performed for more than 23,000 theatre-goers in 2013 at the Company’s home, the Theatre, or through ongoing partnerships at the Schwartz Center for the Arts in Dover and the Freeman Stage in Fenwick Island. 

A typical season includes:

See the full season calendar

The Clear Space Arts Institute is unique in southern Delaware. This training model creates a community of performers who use their study of performance to enhance self-confidence and knowledge of the performing arts and as a foundation for degreed and professional experience. Over 1,000 class meetings each year are designed to move more than 700 students, of all ages and ability levels, through a logical progression of learning, aligned with the National Standards for Arts Education and Delaware State Arts Standards.  The Arts Institute is committed to the growth of students of all economic backgrounds and responds to scholarship requests with more than $10,000 awarded in scholarships annually. Performances of each aspect of the Arts Institute are presented at the end of each period of study.  The following are programs of the Arts Institute:

  • Broadway Bound Program: For students in grades 1-8 with classes in dance, voice, and acting taught by professional arts educators in weekly after-school sessions. Since 2008, the Broadway Bound program has “graduated” students into local high school programs and/or Adult Classes.          
  • Musical Theatre Summer Intensive: A five-week program for students in grades 1-12 who are interested in a concentrated study of musical theatre. The Summer Intensive has operated at capacity (120 students) since its inception in 2005. 
  • Acting Summer Intensive: A one-week program for students in grades 1-8 that focuses specifically on dramatic studies such as improvisation, voice, physicality and ensemble exercises.
  • Acting Classes: Full semester Adult Classes are taught by Arts Institute faculty.
  • Private Coachings for Audition Preparation:Private Coachings are scheduled in hour-long meetings and are created with a specific end-date in mind, usually in preparation for a specific audition (production, school, college…) or performance.

Find out more about the Arts Institute

Clear Space On Tour program offers partnerships and collaborative experiences to state-wide arts, civic, community, and business organizations which are interested in making a connection to the performing arts. Programs are offered free of charge or for a minimal fee, paying only performers and essential administrative costs.

Find out more about the Clear Space On Tour

In an effort to sustain its mission, Clear Space Theatre Company has opened the Encore Thrift Shop in the Rehoboth Beach/Lewes area. Proceeds benefit Clear Space Theatre Company.

Find out more about the Encore Thrift Shop

This program is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Office and participation in all activities, programs and benefits of Clear Space Theatre Company, Inc. shall be open without regard to age, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, or national origin.

Clear Space Theatre Company, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All contributions are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Tax Identification number 20-1712916.

Clear Space Theatre Company partners with Art-Reach to “Share the Experience” providing free or discounted tickets or admissions to Art-Reach member agencies that serve people with disabilities or economic disadvantages.

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