Our Children’s Theatre Association Director Rosemarie Callahan began the New Year by adding another trophy to her mantel, when she received the “Minty” Award for Community Enrichment from the Minty Organization for the Performing Arts. This award is given to an individual or organization that has enriched the lives of theater students in the local community, either through funding or non-monetary support.
As artistic director of the SIMHS’s Children’s Theatre Association for more than 20 years, Ms. Callahan has demonstrated a successful effort in supporting performing arts on Staten Island and helping youngsters showcase their talents.
A professional actor and singer, Ms. Callahan joined the SIMHS family in 1986 as a theater instructor and was named Children’s Theatre Director 10 years later. Under her leadership, the program has produced more than 100 shows and music/drama workshops for children ages 5 to 18.
“Over the years, Roe has provided a home-away-from-home for Island kids. Her students take away much more than the theatrical drama and musical skills. Through her guidance and direction she ensures that every participant feels special and talented, exemplifying what it means to be part of a community theater,” noted Jessica Caracciolo, a Children’s Theatre graduate and member of the Minty board.
The annual Minty Awards honor educators, casts, alumni and community friends who have helped pave the way for our current generation of theater students.
Ms. Callahan was also recently honored with the Captain Randall Community Service Award for her contributions to Snug Harbor Cultural Center and her service to the youth of Staten Island. She received that award at the 32nd Annual Snug Harbor Neptune Ball in October. It was presented to her by the event’s emcee Colin Jost of Saturday Night Live fame.
“I am honored to be recognized for my many years of service to children in our community,” Ms. Callahan said. “I hope to continue to work in the arts with children, promoting positive mental health. ”