2019 Salute to the Arts Honoree—Jen Ryle
Jen Ryle is a co-founder or Olympia Family Theater (OFT). Beginning in 2006, OFT ongoing mission is to be ourcommunity partner in raising imaginative, loving, joyful and confident children. Their educational programs provide opportunities for personal development for young people, teaching creativity and responsibility, encouraging teamwork and personal integrity, and fostering self-esteem and appreciation for the performing arts
Olympia Family Theater has been serving families in Thurston County and surrounding areas since 2006. They offer quality theatrical productions for young audiences in a variety of settings, as well as educational programs for youth from infancy through high school. From humble beginnings, and under Jen’s leadership, OFT has become a thriving non-profit arts organization engaging thousands of children and their families each year. Here are some of the Olympia Family theater offerings:
- Mainstage Stories– Five plays annually including two musicals and at least one show featuring youth performers
- Creative Camps and Workshops–performing arts workshops and ongoing classes for youth, culminating in performances, plus more than 35 different week-long school break camps for ages 5-18.
- Let’s Play– New shows every month- Generally the 1st week of the month offering a different folk/fairy tale for our youngest patrons
- On The Move– OFT’s field trip and/or touring performance program. Book one of their “on the move” shows as a special field trip experience for your students here at OFT, or we can bring the show to your school or library.