Studio Roanoke Artistic Director Melora Kordos caused a ripple through the Roanoke arts community today when she sent out a letter to supporters about the community theater’s sudden closing. The small black box theater in downtown Roanoke opened in 2009 and showcased edgy and experimental pieces and had just wrapped its 2011-12 season. It was opened by Kenley Smith, who named the building after his father.
Here is the breaking news post; and we have a reporter, Jordan Fifer, working on this story through the evening to gather more details about the theater’s demise. If you have information, please email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is the press release the studio sent out. It attributed a decline in private donations and the selling of the building that it’s housed in as primary reasons for the closure.
And, if you’re curious, here’s a link to Studio Roanoke’s Form 990 tax filing for the year ending in June 2011.
Finally, the studio is holding a sale of its items on July 28 & 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days to help “pay off current debt.” Some of the items include theater seats and a fog machine.