Ron Boucher/Founding Director

Saint of Bleeker Street
New York City Opera, 1976
Director and Composer, Gian Carlo Mennotti with Catherine Malfitano

Ron Boucher founded the Community Alliance for the Performing Arts, (CAPA) Fund in 2000 and serves as its founding artistic and executive director. His mission is to showcase the children and youth who have studied the performing arts with reputable instructors and who have accomplished themselves in their art form. CAPA Fund has and continues to produce performing opportunities for such students by highlighting their skills in productions that partner with professional directors and choreographers.

Prior to his work on the CAPA Fund was Mr. Boucher's development of the Eastern Virginia School of the Performing Arts. In September 1996 he embarked on a four-year venture of incorporating Ms. Ballestracci's existing ballet studio with his vision for voice and theater. This quickly became a forerunner in performing arts training for Hampton Roads.

Mr. Boucher serves as EVSPA's overall administrative director, oversees the schools theater/voice divisions, and teaches voice, acting and choreography. He is a member of the NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing). He also is an active lecturer and an advocate for “What your child should know in the Performing Arts Ages 3-18." Mr. Boucher’s students have won major professional competitions, have placed in prestigious university and college vocal programs and have performed in opera, Broadway and national touring shows.

Mr. Boucher's performance credits include both classical singing and dancing. He began his performing career at the age of 15, dancing in operas and musicals throughout New England. In fall of 1976, he made his New York debut as a principal character with the New York City Opera written and directed by Gian-Carlo Menotti's in his production of THE SAINT OF BLEECKER STREET. In 1979, he was featured in the Metropolitan Opera's PBS broadcast production of OTELLO with Placido Domingo. In 1983, Mr. Boucher appeared in the Connecticut Grand Opera's production of DON PASQUALE, directed by Christopher Renshaw from Covent Gardens. Among his credits are operas such as ABDUCTION FROM THE SERAGLIO, AIDA, CARMEN, LA BOHEME and LA GIOCONDA. Mr. Boucher earned his Actor’s Equity membership in his Broadway debut with the Prince Street Players Production of ALICE IN WONDERLAND, which also included a national tour performing with major symphony orchestras through a grant received by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Although retired from the professional stage, Mr. Boucher has appeared in several CAPA Fund productions. He originated the role of Herr Drosselmeyer with the American Youth Ballet Company. He has also performed as Fagin in the 2006 production of Oliver with the American Youth Players. His musical direction and choreography credits include; Rutherford Wolf, Alice & Wonderland, Emperor’s New Clothes, King & I, Music Man, Wizard of Oz, Oliver, Annie, Sound of Music and You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown.

Mr. Boucher's vocal mentors have been Clarice Carson (Metropolitan Opera), William Hicks (Metropolitan and New York City Opera). Mr. Boucher studied dance in both Boston and New York with Mdm. Darvash, Sandra Balestracci and at the Neubert Institute, Luigi’s and Steps.

 

Othello Metropolitan Opera, 1979 PBS Broadcast, opening night With Placido Domingo, Gilda Cruz Roma, and Sherril Milnes