A Theatrical Investment
Kathryn Potts and David Spivey

Kathryn Potts, daughter of long-time production stage manager for the Highlands Performing Arts Center and Highlands Cashiers Players Megan Potts, recently received The Highlands Cashiers Players’ first Education Grant.  Katy is attending Ithaca College this year as a freshman majoring in technical theater design.

Katy has grown up with the Highlands Cashiers Players and her passion for theater started when she was very young.  From acting to light design, every part of theater fascinates her.  She has acted in numerous plays with HCP, her latest as a young Frenchwoman in the farce “Don’t Dress for Dinner.”  

Director and HCP President Adair Simon said, “She aced her audition with an authentic French accent, which she acquired living in France for a year as a Rotary Club International exchange student.”  She also recently starred in David Mamet’s, “The Frog Prince” with the PAC Youth Theater Program.  

When applying for the grant, Katy’s excitement was palpable, even on paper.  

She wrote, “I love the theater and cannot see myself doing anything else for the rest of my life.  I know that the Ithaca College will prepare me to be more than a starving artist and that I will be able to thrive and do what I love.

“Because I have worked in many of the different areas of theater I understand the overall collaboration and need for each of the different areas.  Everyone that works on a production is part of a team.  One part of theater can’t function without every other part.”

Katy’s mother, Megan Potts, upon receiving the check from Highlands Cashiers Players said, “Your contribution was the last piece in the financial puzzle.  Thank y’all so very, very much for helping to make this possible.”

HCP President Simon said, “HCP is proud to help Kathryn achieve her dream.  The formation of our Education Grant is in line with our mission statement, ‘to seek out and develop the theatrical skills of the Highlands Cashiers’ area residents of all ages.’  We are pleased to give back to the community in such a tangible way.”