Founded in 1981, Touchstone Theatre is a professional not-for-profit theatre dedicated to the creation of original work.  At its center is a resident ensemble of theatre artists rooted in the local community of Bethlehem, the Greater Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania and the international community of Ensemble Theatres.

The Ensemble:
1. Creates original theatre and re-imagines select texts through a heightened theatrical vocabulary.
2. Tours and presents original and ensemble-created works.
3. Offers educational programs that:
– Inspire students of any age to discover their unique creative voice.
– Provide high quality training to the next generation of theatre artists.
4. Transforms audiences through community-based theatrical productions and community-building projects.

MEET THE STAFF

Emma Ackerman

Ensemble Member/General Manager

Bill George

Ensemble Member / Cofounder

James P. Jordan

Ensemble Member / Artistic Director

Lisa Jordan

Ensemble Member / Managing Director

Mary Wright

Ensemble Member/Education Director

Christopher Shorr

Ensemble Member

MEET THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES & HONORARY COUNCIL


Board of Trustees

Neal Koplin, President
Cindy Glick, Vice President
Alexis Leon, Secretary
John Fallock, Treasurer
Bekah Eichelberger
Alison O’Connell
James P. Jordan
Lisa M. Jordan
Michele Pappalardo
Camille Quiba
Ernie Thomas Stiegler

Honorary Council

Beall and Linny* Fowler
Ellen Baker-Ghelardi
Ruth Marcon
Mary Meilinger*
Joan Moran
Mrs. Katherine Merle-Smith Thomas*
Barbara Pearson*
Denise Stangl
Sharon Yoshida

* In Memoriam

ONCE UPON A TIME

It all started in the mid-1970’s…

Touchstone’s founding members were part of a series of improvisational bilingual street theatre troupes made up of professional artists, university students, local teachers and teens. These troupes brought an immediate and intimate form of theatre to area neighborhoods and parks in order to acknowledge, engage and celebrate low-income Latino and Anglo populations..

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