The Linden Grove Theatre Company
The Linden Grove Theatre Co.
​Dallas,Texas
ABOUT

​The Story of The Linden Grove...

A Linden is a tree of the genus Tilia, also commonly known as a basswood or a lime. It is a favorite tree of woodcarvers, a host plant for the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly, and its flowers make a healing tea. Its leaves are lopsided hearts. If you were a bee, you’d see the Linden as a destination: Linden flowers make gourmet honey. The scent of the Linden flower is--well, I followed a beautiful smell once, at Niagra Falls, not knowing what it was. To my delight, I found it to be radiating from a Linden tree, which was, naturally, abuzz with busy bees.

We were at Niagra Falls that day as the apex of a journey my family undertook in celebration of the brief life of our youngest child, Lindley, whose name means “from the Linden meadow.” Stillborn eight days before my C-section was scheduled, her death was completely unexpected and was never explained. I will never forget that moment at Niagra Falls: finding a Linden tree in flower at that beautiful place, so far from home, with so much in my heart. We were searching--for an answer, for a reason, simply for her--I don’t know.

Let me just preface this next part by saying I couldn’t have made this up. It wouldn’t have occurred to me to make it up; I couldn’t have given myself this gift. Sometimes comfort comes from unexpected places, like a butterfly landing on your shoulder or the kindness of a stranger, or even a fortune cookie at a chain restaurant in a strip mall. My husband picked up four fortune cookies and passed them out to us. Then, realizing, he went back and got one more. For Lindley. And that one--not mine or Audrey’s or Grimsley’s or his, but Lindley’s fortune--read: “It is sometimes better to travel hopefully than to arrive.” It is sometimes better to travel hopefully than to arrive.

That is what The Linden Grove Theatre is: an invitation to put down deep roots and then grow, grow, grow.  An invitation to become aware of the beautiful moments of life, to share them, to cultivate their creation, for ourselves and others. It is an invitation above all to travel hopefully.
Andra Hunter, Founder and Artistic Director: Andra moved to Dallas from Arkansas to attend Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts as a Theatre Studies major with a double concentration in Playwriting and Directing.  She graduated magna cum laude and went on to act with many theatre groups in the Metroplex including Circle Theatre, Echo Theatre, Shakespeare Dallas, Contemporary Theatre of Dallas, Nouveau 47, Teatro Dallas, The Pocket Sandwich Theatre, Classical Acting Co., Ground Zero Theatre, and others. She was awarded a Dallas Theatre Critics’ Forum Award. Andra is the proud mother of three beautiful children: Audrey, Grimsley, and angel Lindley. She keeps chickens and quails, loves trees and crochet, and is beyond thrilled to be sharing her love of theatre with kids.
Matt Hunter, Odd Jobs Extraordinaire: Matt is a native of Arlington and holds an Ed.D in Educational Administration. He is so excited to bring his organizational capabilities to The Linden Grove Theatre Company, because, let’s be honest, who doesn’t need a good spreadsheet from time to time? He loves soccer, beer, and is bound and determined to grow the perfect tomato. And enough cucumbers to make a jar of pickles.
Audrey Hunter, Web Designer, Playwright, Actress: Audrey has been obsessed with the arts since always. She sang as soon as she could talk, and has written many timeless classics such as Kitty Takes a Ride and Little Creatures. Audrey would like to point out that she has the most important job in the whole company, director of Pinterest. Other than being an actress, Pinterest Director, and (co) Web Designer, she is a professional couch potato. To sum up her personality, she is a pulchritudinous, newfangled, unheard of, sui generis, oddball-istic demiurge. Yes, all of those are words.
Grimsley Hunter, Director of Creepiness, Actor: Grimsley (aka The Atomic Creeper) has a hefty obsession with all things Halloween, DanTDM, Harrison Ford and dogs. Grimsley plans to be the most best best best best best amazing Director of Creepiness of all time. He is also very prodigious. BOOM! Insert random John F. Kennedy reference here.

Frequently Pontificated Questions

How can my child learn the most in his or her time at The Linden Grove?
Whether your child is cast in a lead role or a smaller part, he or she is encouraged to watch and listen to the direction other actors are given. Have your child listen to what the director tells an actor and see how the actor follows that note. What was the director looking for? How does a particular bit of direction help the actors tell the story more clearly? Watching and listening to everything that goes on in rehearsal is the best way to increase your child’s skill set!

How are roles cast?
Roles are cast on the basis of auditions and on the overall fit of each unique person within the framework of the play.

How much is tuition?
At this time, camp tuition is $425 and show tuition is $200 per show, with a sibling discount available. Parents will be asked to volunteer as rehearsal monitors, purchase tickets to shows, and provide costumes that meet our specifications in addition to paying tuition. Parent volunteers who contribute above and beyond to the production may receive discounts on tuition.

What if I can not pay my tuition?
At The Linden Grove, we firmly believe that theatre is for everyone. If you are unable to pay your tuition, contact us, and together we will do our best to develop a plan that will allow your child to participate. We truly want all interested children to be able to participate in The Linden Grove!
    
Where does my tuition money go?
The main expense faced by The Linden Grove is our rent. Additionally, we must pay for sets, props, guest artists, programs, special costume pieces, concessions, insurance, and other elements of a production. A salary for the Artistic Director is a hoped-for luxury!

What if I do not pay my tuition or ask for assistance?
It does cost money to put on a production. If you do not pay your tuition or make other arrangements to cover your tuition, your child will not be able to participate in future productions until all past tuition is paid. Additionally, we will ask for the next tuition payment in advance as a show of good faith.

What are the behavioral expectations for my child?
In order for our actors and actresses to feel comfortable taking risks and allowing themselves to be emotionally vulnerable as their characters, it is of the utmost importance that we maintain a positive, supportive, encouraging environment. Constructive criticism is an important part of working on a play, but harsh judgements of self or others contribute to a negative environment and are discouraged.
  • Acts of physical or relational aggression will not be tolerated. If your child is found to be in violation of this rule, he or she may be asked to leave the production, and his or her participation in future productions may be jeopardized.
  • Additionally, students are expected to be respectful to the director, the work, and the space. Excessive talking, disruption, or disrespect for the space may result in dismissal from the production without a refund.    
  • Actors and actresses are always encouraged to come to the director with any problems they are having. We want to know about your child’s experience and how we can make it the best possible!
  • We strive to maintain as professional an atmosphere as possible and to have the utmost respect for your time! Beginning and ending rehearsals on time are a big part of that professionalism. As such, prompt drop off and pick up are absolutely necessary. Please note that only absences listed on the conflicts sheet provided at auditions will be considered excused. Sickness is the one exception to this rule. Please do not send sick children to rehearsal!

What if we have to leave a production unexpectedly? Can we get a tuition refund?
Refunds of tuition will depend on many factors and will be decided on a case-by-case basis. We will always do our best to accommodate the needs of our families, but in some cases a refund may not be possible.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can my child learn the most in his or her time at The Linden Grove?
Whether your child is cast in a lead role or a smaller part, he or she is encouraged to watch and listen to the direction other actors are given. Have your child listen to what the director tells an actor and see how the actor follows that note. What was the director looking for? How does a particular bit of direction help the actors tell the story more clearly? Watching and listening to everything that goes on in rehearsal is the best way to increase your child’s skill set!

How are roles cast?
    Roles are cast on the basis of auditions and on the overall fit of each unique person within the framework of the play.

How much is tuition?
At this time, camp tuition is $425 and show tuition is $200 per show, with a sibling discount available. Parents will be asked to volunteer as rehearsal monitors, purchase tickets to shows, and provide costumes that meet our specifications in addition to paying tuition. Parent volunteers who contribute above and beyond to the production may receive discounts on tuition.

What if I can not pay my tuition?
    At The Linden Grove, we firmly believe that theatre is for everyone. If you are unable to pay your tuition, contact us, and together we will do our best to develop a plan that will allow your child to participate. We truly want all interested children to be able to participate in The Linden Grove!
    
Where does my tuition money go?
    The main expense faced by The Linden Grove is our rent. Additionally, we must pay for sets, props, guest artists, programs, special costume pieces, concessions, insurance, and other elements of a production. A salary for the Artistic Director is a hoped-for luxury!


What if I do not pay my tuition or ask for assistance?
    It does cost money to put on a production. If you do not pay your tuition or make other arrangements to cover your tuition, your child will not be able to participate in future productions until all past tuition is paid. Additionally, we will ask for the next tuition payment in advance as a show of good faith.

What are the behavioral expectations for my child?
    In order for our actors and actresses to feel comfortable taking risks and allowing themselves to be emotionally vulnerable as their characters, it is of the utmost importance that we maintain a positive, supportive, encouraging environment. Constructive criticism is an important part of working on a play, but harsh judgements of self or others contribute to a negative environment and are discouraged.
Acts of physical or relational aggression will not be tolerated. If your child is found to be in violation of this rule, he or she may be asked to leave the production, and his or her participation in future productions may be jeopardized.
    Additionally, students are expected to be respectful to the director, the work, and the space. Excessive talking, disruption, or disrespect for the space may result in dismissal from the production without a refund.
    Actors and actresses are always encouraged to come to the director with any problems they are having. We want to know about your child’s experience and how we can make it the best possible!
    We strive to maintain as professional an atmosphere as possible and to have the utmost respect for your time! Beginning and ending rehearsals on time are a big part of that professionalism. As such, prompt drop off and pick up are absolutely necessary. Please note that only absences listed on the conflicts sheet provided at auditions will be considered excused. Sickness is the one exception to this rule. Please do not send sick children to rehearsal!
     In the event that your child is asked to leave a production due to behavior outside the rules, no refund will be given.

What if we have to leave a production unexpectedly? Can we get a tuition refund?
    Refunds of tuition will depend on many factors and will be decided on a case-by-case basis. We will always do our best to accommodate the needs of our families, but in some cases a refund may not be possible.


...The purpose of playing was and is, to hold as 'twere the mirror up to nature: to show virtue her feature, scorn her own image, and the very age and body of the time his form and pressure.
                                                                                                                                                            --William Shakespeare, Hamlet

The Linden Grove Theatre Company