Redwood Theatre Company
501c3 Non-profit through AIWP
AIWP MISSION STATEMENT
The Association for the Integration of the Whole Person was founded so that persons, prepared to serve their communities, can do so in ways that ensure self-empowerment, psychologically and educationally, leading to peace for persons of good will.
Redwood Theatre Company is a registered nonprofit 501(c)3 organization under the auspices of AIWP.
Donations are tax-deductible, as permitted by law. Non-Profit Tax I.D. Number: 95-3455451
The Association for the Integration of the Whole Person (AIWP) is a 501(c)3, founded by Melvin Suhd in1975. AIWP is incorporated in the state of California as a nonprofit, non-sectarian spiritual organization, and has federal IRS 501c (3) status.
AIWP is an organization which supports those seeking physical, mental, and spiritual services. There are no restrictions of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, or disability. The AIWP organization is a community of members with different beliefs and lifestyles who's common goal is to help individuals through music, dance, art, drama, structural integration, group interaction, mentoring etc.
Redwood Theatre Company of AIWP was established in 2018. Carmen Maria Mitchell is the president of Redwood Theatre Company of AIWP. She became a member upon demonstrating her experience, education, and training as well as her desire to serve her community, both in the present and in the future.
While all affiliates have their own unique service and vision, AIWP is one organization with one EIN number: 95-345545. All financial records are managed by each individual nonprofit branch within the AIWP umbrella, giving 1% quarterly payment of each branch's total income.
Redwood Theatre Company has established their own Board of Directors, which consists of artists, directors, outreach specialists, representatives of marginalized communities, volunteers and sponsors.
The mission of Redwood Theatre Company is to bring art to the Sonoma County through professional productions, youth performance camps, outreach opportunities & full-inclusion programs.
Redwood Theatre Company is honored to be part of such a conscious organization, bringing art and service to the community.
Thank you for supporting the arts!
Founder of AIWP
After graduating from Central High School in Detroit, MI., Mel joined the military. The United States was entering WWII and Mel became part of the 42nd Infantry (Rainbow) Division, where he participated in the Battle of the Bulge and was part of the first liberators of Dachau Concentration Camp on April 29, 1945.
Melvin earned a teaching credential from Wayne State University and taught elementary school children with learning and other disabilities in the mid 1950's. He taught at E.M.U., Lesley, Pacific Oaks, CSUN, Goddard and UWW colleges. Mel helped start some of the first external degree programs with Goddard and Antioch Colleges, which let students develop their own educational curricula and gave them credit for their life experiences.
Mel was involved in the humanist psychology movement and wrote the biography of Carl Rogers, one of the founders of the humanistic psychology movement. In the 70’s, he started a spiritual organization: The Association for the Integration of the Whole Person (AIWP) to promote humanism and expand the goal of lifelong learning. He founded/established the original University Without Walls, Antioch West, Sierra, and Summit and University for Integrated Learning.
He was also a committed social justice activist. Mel walked with Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, and Washington, D.C., and was with Cesar Chavez in Modesto, CA. He participated in many anti-Vietnam war rallies and protests which culminated in a 20-day jail stint for blocking the doors at the Oakland Army Induction Center.
"At this time in my life, I look back on many blessings: being an honored father, having enjoyed a long career and many rich life experiences in several fields of endeavor -- including early childhood education and psychology -- the creation and development of the Association for the Integration of the Whole Person, and establishing a university for individualized and integrated learning (the first University Without Walls).
- Melvin Suhd
December 8,1924 – August 2,2013