PERFORMING FOR AUDIENCES SINCE 1968


 

OUR MISSION

Black Swamp Players is dedicated to the advancement of amateur theatrics, including production of live theatre as well as various educational opportunities involving the arts. The organization provides high-quality, amateur, live theatre as well as opportunities to the cast, crews and the viewing public. Black Swamp Players is a non-profit organization whose volunteer membership is open to any person, regardless of age, religion, sexual orientation, or race.

 

OUR ORIGIN STORY

In 1965, a nucleus of local theatre supporters (later called the “Society of the Arts”) began performing melodramas for the downtown Bowling Green merchants. These one-act shows would kick-off the “Old Fashioned Bargain Days”(later: sidewalk sales)  Money raised went to purchase Christmas decorations for the downtown area. After the success and community support for the May, 1968 performan

ce of “Lily, the Felon’s daughter”, a small group of avid thespians decided to form a permanent theatrical group. The Black Swamp Players was officially born in the home of Gene and Mary Dapogny on July 21, 1968. Gene Dapogny was voted in as chairman, with Lee Forse as secretary and Ethel Berlin as treasurer by those in attendance, including founders: Jim Forse, Richard and Marie Mutschler, and Carl Berlin.

BSP’s name comes from the great black swamp which covered much of Northwest Ohio until drained by German and Scottish farmers in the mid-nineteenth century. The name, suggested by founders Lowell Randall and Agnes Hooley, was chosen at the first meeting to emphasize a commitment to provide a theatrical outlet to the entire community, and to avoid any confusion with the theatre program at the university ( BGSU).

OUR BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

President …………………………………………. Heath A. Diehl

Vice President ………………………………………. Deb Weiser

Treasurer ………………………………………….. Emily Keegan

Secretary …………………………………………… Leah Truman

Trustees ………………………. Teresa Batterson, Steve Bishop,

Cyndy Brookover, Sara Chambers, Annelise Clifton, Lane Hakel,

Samantha Heater, Inge Klopping, Bob Marzola, 

Karen Noble, & Stephanie Truman 

 

Interested in joining our Board of Trustees? Complete an application 

and e-mail it to our President

Elections are held each May at our Annual Meeting 

and Trustees are elected to a term of three years. 

OUR CODE OF REGULATIONS

Learn more about our organization by perusing our Code of Regulations.




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