About the Family Performing Arts Center
BSU’s Family Performing Arts Center aims to bring high-quality, family-centered arts programming to the BSU campus, thus making the university a cultural hub for the Southeastern Massachusetts community. BSU’s Family Performing Arts Center offerings range from fully-realized musical productions incorporating BSU talent alongside professional artists, to presentations by well-known entertainers whose work appeals to an audience of all ages. BSU’s Family Performing Arts Center shares Bridgewater State University’s commitment to supporting and advancing the economic and cultural life of Southeastern Massachusetts by bringing the community together to share in and celebrate the magic of the performing arts!
The founders of BSU’s Family Performing Arts Center have a long history of involvement in children’s theatre and family programming. Artistic Director Colleen Rua is former Artistic Director of the esteemed Arlington Children’s Theatre, and has a PhD from Tufts University in Drama, and an MA in Theater Education from Emerson College. Artistic Associate Jim Quinn is the founder of Arts for Youth, which now serves over 400 children and teens each year. Jim received his MFA in Theater Administration from Yale School of Drama, and a BFA in Directing from Boston University. Producing Artistic Director Lisa Troy is Co-Director of Arts for Youth, served as theater educator/consultant to the Cambridge & Boston Public schools for over 20 years, and received her MEd in Integrated Arts & Teaching from Lesley University.