Club Theatre Company, which starts its third season next month, received nonprofit status last week, an achievement members hope will bolster grants.

Club Theatre Company, which starts its third season next month, received nonprofit status last week, an achievement members hope will bolster grants.

"Now we can go to the Greater (Columbus) Arts Councils and beg them mercifully for money," said Ryan Scarlata, the group's artistic director. "For the past two years - for (business manager Jenny Boyd) and I - it has been a labor of love. There's nothing that she and I enjoy more than doing theatre and teaching."

In order to achieve the status, the company, located at Club Diversity, 863 S. High St., had to decide what its focus would be.

"It's taken us two years to figure out what our mission is and focus is," Scarlata said. "It is a focus on education for young people who are considering a career in theatre.
"Our idea is that we want to be the venue that says 'We'll show you how it will be in the real world,'" Scarlata said.

To this end, the company has paired with Ohio State University and will offer credit to students who perform in its productions.

Another new development in the company is that it expects to hold a three-week long playwright festival in the summer. The company's goal is to perform original pieces by young playwrights.

"I'm willing to look at show of any length," Scarlata said.

Scripts will be accepted until the beginning of the year and can be mailed or dropped off at Club Diversity.