Sunday, January 1, 2012

Speranza means hope in Italian

Speranza means hope in Italian. On a crisp Fall evening in 2008, Speanza co-founders Rachel, Francesca & Heather decided it was time for a strong word to represent their budding NYC theatre company. Sitting in a restaurant on 8th Avenue, Rachel and Heather began to ask Francesca, the resident official on everything Italian, to translate several words. Passion, drama, fearless, collaborative, play, thought-provoking; finally asking for the translation of hope...Speranza. It was unanimous. Speranza summed up the mission and gave the company purpose, plus it sounded amazing when Francesca pronounced it with her Italian accent! So yes, the name is Speranza, not Esperanza (that's Spanish) that was selected over a bottle of Italian wine on 8th Avenue.

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.
Helen Keller

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.
Albert Einstein
Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul - and sings the tunes without the words - and never stops at all.
Emily Dickinson
All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.
Winston Churchill
You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world's problems at once but don't ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.
Michelle Obama