Welcome to Little Pond Arts Retreat, a meeting place for the visual, literary and performing arts dedicated to inspiring people of all ages and walks of life to rekindle the spark of individual creativity. Little Pond Arts Retreat is the result of the creative vision of Bill and Bridget George.
Bill received his B.A. in English Literature from Lehigh University and his M.F.A. in Acting/Directing from the Dallas Theatre Centre of Trinity University. He studied mime with Paul Curtis of The American Mime Theatre, founded the People’s Theatre Company in 1977 and later co-founded Touchstone Theatre in 1981 where he was Producing Director until 1990. During a hiatus from Touchstone in 1996, Bill created Little Pond Arts Retreat in Nazareth, Pennsylvania with his wife Bridget–a retreat center dedicated to exploring the art of transcendence–and toured to Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, Britain, and throughout Canada and the United States with his original dramas: The Kingfisher’s Wing and The Marriage of Munirih Khanum. Bill returned to Touchstone as a full-time Ensemble Member in 2003 where he has won numerous awards over the years–including a Fringe First at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, and a Pennsylvania Solo Theatre Arts Fellowship. Bill has served as a panelist and adjudicator for the National Endowment for the Arts, the Maryland State Arts Council and the Barrymore Awards of Philadelphia.
Bridget George came to The Bach Choir as Executive Director in September 1997. She has led the administration of The Choir through the implementation of three strategic plans and ten concert seasons that have included the Centennial Celebration (1998-2000), performances at Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall, the release of six recordings, the Lehigh Valley PBS production of Make a Joyful Noise—an Emmy-award winning documentary on The Choir, expansion of The Choir’s educational programs with annual Family Concerts and the Bach at Noon free concert series, the 100th Bethlehem Bach Festival in May 2007, and the successful completion of The Choir’s Second Century Fund Campaign. Ms. George was responsible for booking and administering The Choir’s eight-concert United Kingdom tour in 2003, including a performance for the BBC Proms in Royal Albert Hall, London. Most recently, she was executive producer of the live action film Mr. Bach Comes to Call, based on the award–winning Classical Kids CD, produced by The Bach Choir in collaboration with Touchstone Theatre, GreenTreks Network Inc, and The Children’s Group, and broadcast nationwide on PBS in 2007.
Born in England and educated at Oxford University, with a BA in Philosophy and Psychology, Ms. George sang with Oxford’s Schola Cantorum and the Oxford University Opera. She also has a Diploma of Education from Goldsmiths College, London and was a teacher at Coburg Primary School, London, specializing in music and drama education. Since moving to Bethlehem in 1976, Ms. George has worked full-time in the field of arts administration. She co-founded Touchstone Theatre in 1981 and was the company’s Producing Director from 1990-95. Her accomplishments at Touchstone included producing Theatre of Creation, a two-week international festival celebrating the work of the renowned Ecole Jacques Lecoq, co-producing a play with Chile’s Teatro la Memoria that toured in New York City, Baltimore, and Santiago, and two successful capital campaigns. Ms. George has served on panels for the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.