Candelaria Silva-Collins: Removing the Cost Barrier For Theatre

by:  Thom Dunn at 08/12/2013

We recently announced the official launch of our "Community Membership Program," the latest in our ongoing efforts to provide affordable opportunities for any and everyone to attend our productions, regardless of income or economic status. We realize that theatre can be very expensive, but if we allowed that cost to play the role of cultural gatekeeper — well, then we really wouldn't be doing our jobs, would we? (in fact we'd probably end up exacerbating the problem even further, but I'm not here to deliver an economic thesis, so don't worry)

For those of you who already know our Community Coordinator Candelaria Silva-Collins, count yourselves among the lucky ones. And for those who don't know her, here's your chance! Candelaria is responsible for reaching out and engaging with various community groups throughout the Boston area, and helping spread the word to every corner of the city. As the official champion of our Community Membership Program, she has a few words to share:

"I keep running into Community Membership Program participants this summer — at a birthday party in Roxbury, at Stop & Shop at the South Bay Shopping Center, on the Red Line headed downtown, at a library Book & Puzzle Sale, and at a cookout in Newton.

"People come up to me and tell me how much they've enjoyed the access that Community membership gives them, and suggesting new community organizations or groups for me to reach out to. I'm so glad that people like the program and approach me everywhere I go!"

How long have you been at the Huntington?
Since December of 2011.

What do you do here?
Coordinator of the Community Membership Program.

What do you like best about your job?
I like engaging with the community groups and sharing this wonderful opportunity. I also enjoy being part of the Marketing team.

What is your favorite Huntington show?
It's hard to pick a favorite since most HTC productions I've seen have touched some part of who I am. If I have to pick, I'd select Stick Fly by Lydia Diamond as having particular resonance and relevance. I also enjoyed Our Town and Good People as well.

What do you do outside of work?
I try to live the best life I can within my limited means. I write and work to get published; I read everything I can (usually 1+ books per week); I go to lots of cultural events including theatre, concerts, and museums; I like to take long walks (outside of winter); and I love to dance and watch movies.

Tell us something that most people don't know about you.
Two things: I was baptized in the Mississippi River (the topic of a manuscript for children I've written), and for about 15 years I went dancing every Saturday night.


The Community Membership program would not be possible without the generous support of Sovereign | Santander. Organizations serving low- or moderate-income communities that might be interested in enrolling its members or individuals interested in learning more about the program are invited to contact Community Coordinator Candelaria Silva-Collins at 617 273 1626 or


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