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21st Mar

2019

Jenni White’s Curtain Call

“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts…” Coburn Place has been my stage for the past eight and a half years, and I have been blessed with many, many parts. Some were as the director or producer, some were in the spotlight, and some were back stage…under the stage…offstage, in the dressing rooms…but I never thought I would take that final bow. The people we’ve served over the past 8.5 years, the volunteers, the vendors, the board, and the staff…they will always hold a huge piece of my heart. I honestly cannot imagine waking up every day and not being a part of this cast. But here we are. The curtain is coming down, as I step into a new role on a new stage: Executive Director of Trinity Haven, a new transitional housing program for LGBTQ youth who have nowhere safe to live. I have so many new lines to learn! The outpouring of love and support has been overwhelming to me. Actors often do what they do because it feeds their ego; but many of us don’t really like the attention. This is no different. My favorite thing to do in this whole world is to help others discover and develop their own unique gifts and talents, strength and power; to shine the spotlight on them, so that they can feel the warm glow on their faces and know they are the stars of their own shows. I don’t really like the spotlight pointed at me. My hope is that this too shall pass, and I can get to work, doing what I do best: empowering others and watching them take the stage, making an impact in their lives and the lives of those around them. Thank you, Coburn Place, for letting me play on your stage for almost nine years. Thank you, Julia, for casting me. I still can’t find the words to adequately express my gratitude to and for you. Apparently, Shakespeare is speaking to me today, from As You Like It to Romeo and Juliet, as these are the only words left: “Parting is such sweet sorrow.”

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