We had the good fortune of connecting with Greg Shane and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Greg, what do you attribute your success to?
The most important/significant factor behind our success is the ability to push past boundaries and advocate for inclusion in the performing arts. The different underserved populations we serve from individuals with disabilities, military veterans, and youth all have one thing in common: They don’t let their circumstances get in the way from shining on stage.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
CRE Outreach officially became a non- profit in 2007 and its mission is to change lives through the arts. We started in a garage and now evolved to having our own theater called The Blue Door located in Culver City. Under the umbrella of CRE Outreach is Theatre by the Blind, the only entirely blind theater company in the country. Along with Theatre by the Blind, CRE Outreach provides opportunities to talented musicians with dIfferent disabilities, gives a platform for military veterans to share their stories, and fosters a safe environment for children to use their imagination to create their own plays. I want the world to know that the performing arts truly change lives. The first step in transformation is providing opportunities to those that are often overlooked. I’m proud to say that I’m part of an organization that makes a difference and empowers individuals to say “Yes” to the obstacles that are in front of them.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
The first place I would take them is to a rehearsal of Theatre by the Blind at The Blue Door because it’s an experience that will change the way they view the visually impaired community. Then after rehearsal, I would take them across the street to Public School for a great burger. Later, we would go back to The Blue Door for an evening performance.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to give a shoutout to my co-founders; Executive Director Bryan Caldwell and Director of Development Colin Simson. Without these two genius minds and tenacity to reach new heights, CRE Outreach wouldn’t exist today. They are the backbone and strength of the organization. I’m forever grateful to what they bring to the organization, but more importantly, I’m incredibly grateful to work alongside such wonderful and talented guy.s.