A gathering of theatre artists of color in SLC

  If this is you, please join us on Monday, June 12 at 6pm in the Studio Theatre at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center for what hope will be the first of many gatherings of Theatre Artists of Color in Salt Lake City. How to RSVP: join the Facebook event or email Jerry Rapier, Artistic Director. The first goal is to get to know each other and create a stronger network. The second goal is to provide a space to discuss the challenges of working as theatre artists of color in and around Salt Lake City. The third and ultimate goal is to dig deep to see what stories we are able to authentically explore onstage in future seasons and how we can diversify who writes them, who tells them onstage and who designs them. Please help us spread the word. See you at the...

(in)divisible is coming June 8-18 and it’s free!

(in)divisible is our response to the response to the election. But it’s not about Trump. Or Clinton. Or Sanders. Or Obama. Or any other political figure. As the project took shape, we followed two ground rules: (1) none of the above could be mentioned or even alluded to because when they are mentioned, listening ceases; and (2) everything had to be rooted in real-life experience. (in)divisible is about our country. (in)divisible is about its citizens. (in)divisible is about us. Twelve local playwrights have each created two five-minute pieces: one liberal and one conservative. Scroll down to see who they are and their thoughts on the pieces they’ve created – stories from some people you’ll agree with, some people you’ll disagree with, all who just happen to be just like you. (in(divisible is a reminder of what it means to listen. Click here to reserve your free tickets and see who’s in the cast. We ask that in lieu of a ticket purchase you make a contribution to The Children’s Center at the theatre.   Click here to reserve your free tickets...

Shauna Brock on Building Families

Shauna Brock shared her story of building a family through an LGBTQIA (and allies) lens in a 4-week writing workshop led by Eric Samuelsen at Art Access. She and her fellow writers were then mentored by a playwright from The Lab at Plan-B. Eric then wove their stories together into an evening of theatre, which will be performed as INTERSECTIONS II: FORGING FAMILY FROM MORE THAN DNA on April 28-29 as part of Plan-B’s Script-In-Hand Series at Art Access. Click here for details and tickets ($10 general admission, $5 students). It’s funny when you think about it, and when you overthink it, that the theme of intersections and found family can be applied as much to a writing workshop as to the families we find and create – especially for the queer community. Strangers come together in a room and over time they work together, they bond. Stories, the histories that bind us together, are shared. It’s scary to enter a workshop, to know that you are putting your experiences out there and know they will be judged by everyone at the table. How they are received, how they are welcomed and discussed sets the entire tone and either creates trust or destroys inspiration. Again, how similar to our family structures. Going into this INTERSECTIONS workshop, I had no idea what story I wanted to tell. Surrounded by Mormons expressing the passion of coming out stories and tales of family ties in homeless bonds, I sat there thinking of my own family, my own bonds – because my biological ones are as tight as those I have chosen to create as family. How do I...

Job Posting: Half-Time Education Coordinator

Plan-B Theatre Company seeks a half-time Education Coordinator to begin work as close to May 1, 2017 as possible. The Education Coordinator is a Theatre Specialist that reports to the Artistic Director and is responsible for leading and advancing the Free Elementary School Tour within, but not limited to, the “Education at Plan-B” statement below, as well as some Fundraising. The Education Coordinator will be Plan-B’s liaison with all K-6 schools and FEST producing partners. The Education Coordinator is also responsible for developing and maintaining a proactive working relationship with the Utah State Office of Education’s (USOE) Professional Outreach Program in the Schools (POPS). The Education Coordinator is fully responsible for the annual Free Elementary School Tour which alternates between grades K-3 and 4-6. Duties include (but are not limited to): – creating and maintaining annual touring schedule. – assisting in the development of each year’s production. – creating and circulating study guide. – acting as company manager/stage manager on tour, which may include overnight travel. – acting as liaison with all schools in Utah. – traveling to schools in Utah separate from the tour as needed. – coordinating as needed with producing partners. Fundraising – Assist Artistic Director with education-specific grant research and writing – Assist Managing Director with education-specific grant reporting and management – Assist Artistic Director with Love Utah Give Utah and #GivingTuesday Other duties as assigned. Qualifications Candidates must have: – a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre (or equivalent experience). – practical experience with Theatre for Young Audiences. – practical experience in theatre education, preferably K-6 classroom experience. – the ability to work in a self-directed...

A big Love Utah Give Utah thank you!

Our official Love Utah Give Utah total: $18,150 in online donations $  3,401 in offline donations $  1,500 for placing 3rd in our category $23,051 Thank you to all 230 donors who made this possible! We now have the full, first-year salary for a half-time Education Coordinator in hand. We’re pretty damn excited because today we expected to have half of the salary. So now we get to post the job notice next week – stay...

How To Love Utah Give Utah March 1-30

All Love Utah Give Utah gifts made between now and 11:59pm on March 30 count toward our total! Thank you to everyone whose gifts combined to match a $5,000 gift from Vickie Venne between March 1-28. We’re now working toward matching a $2,500 gift from Jane & Tami Marquardt through their Peace & Possibility Project). Please help us by giving as little as $10 by 11:59pm on Thursday, March 30! This means $15,000 (Vickie’s gift + Jane & Tami’s gift + matching funds from you!) will provide 3/4 of the first year’s salary for a new half-time Education Coordinator, who will manage our Free Elementary School Tour and assist the Artistic and Managing Directors to look to the future in a bolder way regarding diversity and gender parity. In its first year, our Free Elementary School Tour served 7,500 students at 20 elementary schools in 3 counties. Just three years later, it now serves 15,000 students at 40 schools in 7 counties. Our goal is to expand statewide by 2020. Working with Title I schools (including several primarily minority-majority schools) has helped us see what our future can be in terms of a more diverse talent pool, audience and donor base. We must think several generations ahead in order to accurately reflect, speak to and represent our evolving community.

Four of the first six plays commissioned for the Free Elementary School Tour are by female playwrights and the casts of each are intentionally diverse. Sharing more plays by women featuring gender-balanced and multi-ethnic casts allows more elementary students to see stories onstage that are performed by people who look and sound like them. If we authentically make the...

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