GDICF Theatre Troupe operates out of the Heritage Room of the Greater Danbury Irish Cultural Center, 6 Lake Ave., Danbury, just minutes from I-84 and the Danbury Fair Mall. There is plenty of parking in the back and side of the building.
- Address: 6 Lake Ave., Danbury, CT. 06810
- Phone: Call (203) 501-7424
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Fun, engaging classes in Musical Theater, Cultural Music & Movement, Mommy & Me, special events and more are offered by nurturing, experienced professionals. Our mission is to provide a learning space that encourages exploration and discovery.
We also offer DJ services as well as face painting, games and party entertainment. We specialize in children, teens and family events but also DJ birthdays, Sweet 16’s, anniversaries, bar/bat mitzvahs as well! Our love of kids is apparent in the energy and excitement we brings to each of our events. Your chid may have seen “DJ Wendi Poprock” at Scotland Elementary, Barlow Mountain, Scott’s Ridge, Jesse Lee Day School, Ridgefield Police Department’s Trunk or Treat at The Lounsbury House and more.
A huge component of our work is helping nonprofits. Over the last 20+ years, owner Wendy Mitchell, and friends have planned and raised thousands of dollars for the American Cancer Society, Ann’s Place for Cancer, Sandy Hook Arts Center for Kids, Greater Danbury Irish Cultural Foundation, REACH Newtown, Dylans Wings of Change, Newtown Strong Therapy Dogs, Women’s Center of Greater Danbury, Family & Children’s Aid, Meals on Wheels, local food pantries and many other 501(c)3 organizations. 100% of the funds collected at various fundraisers are given to 501(c)3 organizations. 100% of our volunteers’ time and talent, as well as the entertainment provided at benefits, are provided free of charge.
We believe that whatever we send out into the world through our collective energy, thoughts, emotions, words and most importantly- ACTIONS, will manifest into something good for those who surround us.
Meet the Owner/Director
Wendy Ann Mitchell is a singer, bass player, writer, teacher, DJ, musical theater director and a breast cancer survivor (2/17/15). The youngest of six, she studied Child Development at Post University and received her Head Teacher Certification in Early Childhood Education through the State of Connecticut in 2008. Wendy, a Ridgefield married mom of three, has over 25 years of experience teaching including 15 years teaching Musical Theater to children and teens in the Greater Danbury area.
In 2007, she wrote, produced and directed a live, interactive, multi-media drama called “Forward Motion” presented by teens, for teens in inner cities across Connecticut to help combat drug and alcohol abuse. Since then, she’s written, directed and produced dozens of children’s plays for kids 3-12 all across the greater Danbury area. In addition, Miss Wendy, as the kids call her, taught Musical Theater at Faith Academy, after school musical theater at St. Mary School in Bethel, and several after school programs in Bethel, Brookfield, Danbury, Newtown, New Milford, Redding, Ridgefield and Weston.
After the tragic school shootings on Dec. 14, 2012 in her hometown of Sandy Hook, Wendy founded the nonprofit organization, The Sandy Hook Arts Center for Kids (The SHACK), as a creative way for children and families heal through the power of the arts through free music and art programs. The SHACK partnered with Animal Assisted Therapy, Connecticut Music Therapy and Newtown Strong Therapy Dogs to provide free services which helped hundreds of families heal after the worst tragedy in our state.
In January of 2014, Hearst Media Services honored Wendy with the “Top 10 Most Fascinating People of 2013” award in the Greater Danbury Area for volunteer work she performed as Executive Director of The SHACK.
Wendy currently lives in Ridgefield with her husband, a drummer, her son, also a drummer, her teenage daughter and 5-year-old black lab rescue dog. Her oldest son is a working SAG/AFTRA actor in NYC. Wendy volunteers and serves as a member of the Greater Danbury Irish Cultural Center’s Ancient Order of Hibernians (Ladies Division).
When not juggling numerous tasks and wearing many hats, Wendy blogs about her breast cancer journey on her website Wendipoprock.com using the hashtag #MyLeftBoob to help raise awareness of self-breast exams for early detection. After 16 months of red devil chemo, 30 rounds of radiation, 5 surgeries, and multiple complications, Wendy is now cancer-free and works to raise awareness for early detection through self breast exams through her writing.