Stage Aurora, a 501 c (3) non-profit organization, launched its main stage of Theatre, Dance, and Music in 2003 under the leadership of Darryl Reuben Hall and began as an opportunity to provide the underserved people of Jacksonville’s North-side community with a venue to grow, share and exhibit their professional skills, creative works of art and culture.
Stage Aurora annually reaches well over 3,000 students from the Jacksonville area through the following programs:
- 100 Youth Voices – Musical Theatre Program (ages 5-21)
- Performing Arts Literacy (PAL) Initiative (Kindergarten – 2nd grade)
- Performing Arts Summer Institute (ages 6-18)
- Annual Aurora Jacksonville Black Arts Festival
- Aurora Lecture Series
Local, Statewide, and National recognition is seen through a variety of awards: Rosetta LeNoire Award nomination for Diversity from Actors' Equity Association; the Onyx Award, Individual Arts Award from the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, among others.
National celebrities who've graced the stage at Stage Aurora include: Ella Joyce, Tony Award Winner Melba Moore, T'Keyah, Crystal Keymah, Daniel Beaty & Kim Coles.
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