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Bruce Lunsford funds Young Artists for Lexington Theatre Company, supporting educational mission

The Lexington Theatre Company announces the establishment of the Bruce Lunsford Young Artists Program.  

Bruce Lunsford believes in The Lexington Theatre Company and its mission of training the next generation of theatre artists:  actors, dancers, musicians, managers, designers, technicians and administrators. He has generously established the Bruce Lunsford Young Artists Program here at The Lex with a gift of half a million dollars over 10 years. 

The Lexington Theatre Company combines “Today’s Broadway Stars and Tomorrow’s Broadway Hopefuls” to create first-rate professional theatre for Central Kentucky and to serve as a training ground and performance platform for up-and-coming theatre artists.

Bruce Lunsford

The gift from Lunsford will be used to further the educational mission of The Lexington Theatre Company.  

College students from around the country, and across the state, audition for the coveted opportunity to hone their craft at The Lex. Alongside Broadway veterans and professionals from the top of the industry, these “Broadway Hopefuls” train both on and off stage. Collegiate actors, singers and dancers take part in the programming enabled by the Bruce Lunsford Young Artists Program. Students of arts management, stage management, lighting design, wardrobe, music, direction and production participate, as Interns. Central Kentucky Youth and High School students are selected to be Performing and Technical Apprentices, learning theatrical craft both onstage and backstage. In addition to taking part in the main stage shows for The Lex, the students are also offered master classes, Q&As, lectures and more.  
Along with his distinguished career in business, public service, and the thoroughbred industry, Lunsford was previously involved in the entertainment industry. 

He is co-founder of Hart-Lunsford Pictures which produced nine feature films with casts that include Alan Alda, Matthew Broderick, Billy Crudup, John Cusack, Claire Danes, Zac Efron, Frank Langella, Lucy Liu, William H. Macy, Virginia Madsen, Tim McGraw, Mandy Moore, Matthew Perry, Mary Steenburgen, Hilary Swank, Juno Temple and Dianne Wiest.

Two of Hart-Lunsford’s first pictures, “Dedication” and “Grace is Gone” were accepted into the prestigious Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah in January 2007 and received significant critical acclaim.  In addition, “Grace is Gone” received the coveted Audience Award and its screenwriter received the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award. 

In 2008, “Birds of America” and “Diminished Capacity” were accepted at Sundance, while “Trucker” and “Bart’s Got a Room” were accepted at the Tribeca Film Festival. In 2009 and 2010, respectively, “Me and Orson Welles” and “Dirty Girl” premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. 

In 2012, HLP co-financed “Great Expectations” featuring Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter, Jeremy Irvine and Robbie Coltrane.
Lunsford’s contribution will enable countless students the opportunity to pursue excellence and learn from top entertainment professionals.  

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