Cramer & Anderson Partner Joshua Weinshank has been named to the Board of The Ridgefield Playhouse, the landmark nonprofit cultural hub that presents a wide variety of national and local acts in a restored, Cass Gilbert Jr.-designed theater in Ridgefield.
“I’m really excited to be part of the Ridgefield community and to be able to contribute to a community icon like the Ridgefield Playhouse,” said Attorney Weinshank, whose role includes advisory oversight of Playhouse operations and fundraising, among other aspects.
“We’re very excited to have him on the Board,” said Allison Stockel, Executive Director of the Playhouse. “It’s a great time to join our Board. We are about to embark on an expansion.”
The Playhouse is anchored by what was once the auditorium in a former school, and the expansion will enlarge and upgrade the lobby by incorporating former Board of Education space. “We’re really looking to expand in terms of the experience for patrons,” Ms. Stockel explained.
“I’m hoping my legal experience and knowledge of financial issues will prove valuable in helping the Ridgefield Playhouse grow and become even more vital to the community,” said Attorney Weinshank, who just opened an office at 38C Grove Street in Ridgefield and is leading the firm’s growth in Fairfield County.
In joining the approximately 18-member Board of the Playhouse, Attorney Weinshank will help chart an even brighter future for a venue that has evolved from presenting 18 to 20 shows a year as a “local” nonprofit to presenting more than 200 live shows a year featuring “world class talent,” Ms. Stockel explained
Playhouse programming also features movies and simulcasts of Metropolitan Opera and Bolshoi Ballet performances, along with Arts in Education and outreach programs, including series that deal with issues being faced by teens.
“It’s a great time to be here,” Ms. Stockel said.
In another new Ridgefield role, Attorney Weinshank has been appointed to the Finance Committee of the Ridgefield Visiting Nurses Association (RVNA).
Attorney Weinshank was also recently named a 2017 New Leader in the Law as part of the Connecticut Law Tribune’s annual statewide Professional Excellence Awards.
In nominating Attorney Weinshank, Cramer & Anderson Partner Ken Taylor said he represents “the epitome of a New Leader in the Law” by engaging in “high-caliber volunteer community service” as a way of giving back, while also laying the groundwork for cultivating new clients and driving growth and success for the firm.
In 2016 Attorney Weinshank was appointed to the new Planned Giving Advisory Council formed by Ability Beyond, the Connecticut organization helping “thousands of people with physical and mental disabilities discover their abilities and become a part of their communities.” Less than a year later, based on his leadership, Attorney Weinshank became Co-Chair of the committee.
Earlier this year, Attorney Weinshank was named to the Associate Board of the Danbury Hospital & New Milford Hospital Foundation. Directors work with Foundation staff to foster charitable giving in support of the mission of the hospitals and their parent entity, Western Connecticut Health Network.
“The drive to help others selflessly, and to capitalize on challenging opportunities to elevate the firm, make Attorney Weinshank a perfect choice for a New Leaders in the Law award,” Attorney Taylor said in nominating Attorney Weinshank.
A resident of Ridgefield, Attorney Weinshank may be reached by email at email@example.com and by phone at (203) 403-4005 at Cramer & Anderson’s new Ridgefield office.
Cramer & Anderson also has offices in Danbury, New Milford, Litchfield, Kent and Washington Depot. For more information, see the website at www.crameranderson.com or call the New Milford office at (860) 355-2631.