Metta Theatre began as Metta Projects in 1996, offering acting classes and producing plays in Taos. Founder Bruce McIntosh began volunteering at Taos High School drama classes in 2005, and after so enjoying meeting and working with the students there, began focusing on work with area youth. Metta Theatre became a 501(c)3 non profit organization in 2006, offering twice weekly acting workshops at no charge, and stepping up the production schedule. Later that year Metta leased a raw space and built a 36 black box theatre in El Prado, where it still is based. We’ve offered classes in drama and creative writing for free at Taos Middle School, Taos High School, Taos Charter School, Chrysalis School, Vista Grande High School, Casa de Corazon (residential treatment center for young women), and Girl Time (an after school program for high school students). In addition, offered classes at the Taos County Juvenile Detention Center for three and a half years, until its recent closing.
Currently travel to Albuquerque twice monthly and teach at YDDC, a facility for teenaged juvenile detention inmates run by NM CYFD (Children, Youth, & Families Department). We also have coached a number of local students for auditions to college theatre programs and admission to NMSA in Santa Fe. Finally, we are working to prepare students for professional auditions in NM film and TV work, running free workshops, taping “demo” scenes and referring them to casting directors and talent agents with the intention of helping them secure agency representation, paid work, and union membership.
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If you are considering making a bequest to the Metta Theatre Fund of the Taos Community Foundation, we recommend the following:
In order to make a bequest, you should speak with your attorney. Your attorney can help you include a bequest to Taos Community Foundation in your estate plan, and we would be happy to work with you and your attorney to help you identify ways to give that will ensure your charitable objectives are met. We will also work with you and your attorney to craft language to accomplish your objectives, but have provided some basic bequest language to get you started.
Specific Dollar Amount/Personal Property
I hereby, give, devise and bequeath [$dollars / description of property] to Taos Community Foundation, a non-profit organization located at 115 La Posta Rd, Ste A, Taos, New Mexico, 87571, Federal Tax ID # 85-0425147, to support the Metta Theatre Fund.
Specific Real Estate
I hereby give, devise and bequeath all of the right, title and interest in and to the real estate located at [address or description of property] to Taos Property Foundation, Inc., a non-profit affiliate of the Taos Community Foundation located at 115 La Posta Rd, Ste A, Taos, New Mexico, 87571, Federal Tax
ID # 27-0998249, for Metta Theatre Fund.
Percentage of an Estate
I hereby, give, devise and bequeath [percentage of your estate] to Taos Community Foundation, a non-profit organization located at 115 La Posta Rd, Ste A, Taos, New Mexico, 87571, Federal Tax ID # 85-0425147, for Metta Theatre Fund.
Other Gift Options
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