“Our elected officials responded to our request to expand our facilities and turn the sense of 'shared community in a local place of public assembly' we want to create for all who come to Queens Theatre in the Park,” said QTIP Executive Director Jeffrey Rosenstock.
Improvements to the theater include a 3,000-square-foot lobby/reception area, a 75-seat cabaret performance space with an onsite full service café and kitchen, new visitor amenities and improved accessibility.
“Our new lobby, in which you stand, and our new cabaret will add to the experience of attending a show at Queens Theatre in the Park,” said Rosenstock, recognizing Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Borough President Helen Marshall and the City Council for supporting the expansion and providing additional funding for improvements to the interior lobby and main auditorium, which are currently in the design stages.
Private sector donors were also recognized for their contributions to “New Spaces. New Works. New Audiences: The Campaign for Queens Theatre in the Park,” a $2 million capital campaign that will provide for an endowment, cash reserve and artistic growth fund. The campaign, which is led by Co-chairs Don and Rose Ciampa and former Borough President Claire Shulman, has raised $1,910,000 to date.
At Thursday's ceremony, Connie Verducci of Bank of America, the cabaret's lead corporate sponsor, which has already contributed a $500,000 gift, announced the company would contribute half of the remaining balance, bringing the campaign another $45,000 closer to its end goal.
“With the funds we have raised through the generosity of the Queens Theatre trustees, our friends, businesses and individuals,” said the Ciampas, “we can lay a foundation for the long-term sustainability of the Theatre and its programs.”