Soulstice Theatre Founder Retires

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Follies marks the last performance for Soulstice Theatre founder Char Manny, who founded the St. Francis-based company in 2002.

Tapping into more than 15 years’ experience as a director and theater educator at Greendale High School, Manny turned an avocation into a successful vocation.

Her role as a former educator led her to start STArS, the educational arm of the company that has introduced dozens of students to all aspects of theater. Manny’s passion for service also led to Soulstice’s mission to give back to the communities in which the company performs by donating a portion of box office receipts to charitable organizations whose missions or activities align with the message of each show. She’s helped more than 40 different groups and organizations since the company’s founding.

“When Char created Soulstice, one of her driving principles was the Native American belief that a circle is the perfect form,” says Jillian Smith, artistic director and president of Soulstice Theatre. “Char has come full circle with Soulstice now, and the time is right for her to start a new circle and a new chapter.”