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...

How to #LoveUTGiveUT on March 31

Each of the past three years we at Plan-B Theatre have been near the top of the #LoveUTGiveUT leaderboard (3rd in 2013, 2nd in 2014, 4th in 2015) for Small Non-Profits. Last year we also won the Best Marketing Campaign. This year we’re not pushing to compete for prizes. We’re just hoping to raise $3,000 toward our 2016/17 season of world premieres by Utah playwrights. Click here to make your contribution by midnight! We are celebrating 25 years of developing and producing unique and socially conscious theatre created by Utah playwrights. In fact, we also open the final world premiere of our 25th anniversary season, KINGDOM OF HEAVEN, on March 31! We share stories with a local point-of-view as well as global stories from a local perspective. We nourish a pool of local playwrights rivaling that found in any other city in the country. We believe the best way to serve our community is to reflect it onstage – to create conversation, to provide an opportunity for patrons to think a little differently, to consider a point-of-view that may have been previously foreign, to listen in a way they may not have before. Hang out online with us today on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to give and be the first to see the announcement of our 2016/17 season at 10am, Noon, 2pm 4pm and 6pm! We also hope that you will support CATALYST Magazine, Davis Arts Council and The David Ross Fetzer Foundation for Emerging...

How To Love UT Give UT, Plan-B Theatre Style

WHY SHOULD YOU SUPPORT PLAN-B AS PART OF #LoveUTGiveUT? We asked three friends – Utah State Representative Rebecca Chavez-Houck, Former Utah State Representative/Salt Lake City Mayoral Candidate Jackie Biskupski and actress Anne Decker – to share their thoughts about supporting Plan-B. WE INVITE YOU TO LUGU, PLAN-B STYLE: In 2013 we were supported by 118 donors at $10 each. In 2014 that number more than doubled to 250 donors at $10 each. In 2015 we hope to double that again to 500 donors at $10 each! Last year Utah FACES and Plan-B Theatre placed 1st and 2nd among Small Nonprofits, sharing $7,500 in prize money. Rather than compete with each other this year, we thought we’d work together and ask you to help us place 1st and 2nd again and share $15,000 in prize money (or even help us create the first ever LUGU tie)! The total number of unique donors, not the total amount raised, matters most. Click here to make your donation to Plan-B – your gift of $10 or more by Thursday at 11:59pm will directly support Plan-B’s work with local playwrights for the remainder of the 2014/15 season and the first half of the 2015/16 season. And click here to make your donation to Utah FACES in support of their spay and neuter program. Split $20 between us! Whether you give in advance or on the very day, please plan to  hang out with us online @planbtheatreco on Twitter, Instagram, Vine, Tumblr, YouTube & Facebook throughout the day to see what we’re up to and catch the announcement of our 2015/16 season – our 25th anniversary! – and/or join us and Utah FACES to...

MaryBeth Jarvis Clark is a $1,000 donor to Plan-B Theatre!

This is a re-post from December, 3, 2013, when it was posted as part of #GivingTuesday but seemed perfect to share with you today as part of #LoveUTGiveUT.  MaryBeth Jarvis Clark is a Plan-B subscriber and $1,000 donor. I have a long list of reasons for supporting Plan-B Theatre Company: local playwrights, national exposure, topics I think I know a lot about, topics that seem totally new to me, top-notch actors and directors, professional productions on a shoestring budget, bargain prices, intimate performance space, taking an anti-bullying message to schoolkids. Currently #1 on that list: Plan-B Theatre Company has given me an awesome social life. That’s right. I used to sit at home, sad and lonely. Then I started going to Plan-B Theatre productions, and now I’m out almost every night, I have interesting things to talk about at parties, I chat people up on the street, I have Jerry Rapier’s cell phone number, and I’m in demand as a guest blogger. All this can be yours. You just need to like Plan-B on Facebook or buy a ticket to a show. Suddenly you will be in the know, a recipient of informative and enticing messages about Plan-B productions. You’ll rekindle an old friendship with a pal who’s always wanted a theatre partner. You’ll spot people in the audience at Plan-B shows who you know from work, school, community organizations. You’ll run into them later at other functions and talk about what a fantastic show that was at Plan-B. You’ll want to become a season subscriber, never to be shut out of a sold-out run again. You’ll be so...

Debora Threedy is a $1,000 donor to Plan-B Theatre!

This is a re-post from December 3, 2013, when it was part of #GivingTuesday.  It seems more than appropriate to re-post it today as part of #LoveUTGiveUT.  Debora Threedy’s plays THE END OF THE HORIZON, WALLACE and THE THIRD CROSSING all received their world premieres at Plan-B and she is one of the judges for the annual call for entries in partnership with The David Ross Fetzer Foundation for Emerging Artists.  She is also a subscriber and $1,000 donor. This is why I support Plan-B and why you should, too: As a theatregoer, I like Plan-B. I like that it’s a “black box” theatre because that means I never know what the theatre is going to look like until I get there. For every production, the theatre is a little different, sometimes a lot different. Sometimes all the audience is on one side, sometimes it’s on three sides, sometimes there’s a set with levels, and sometimes there’s just a painted floor. For every production, the theatre itself is unique. And I like that the theatre space is so intimate. I like the feeling of watching something special with a select group of people. I like when we all laugh together, or sigh together, or pretend we’re not tearing up together. I like being close to the actors, being able to see every twitch of the emotions on their faces. I like to see them breathe and, yes, sweat: at big theatres, you can forget you’re watching living people, because they are so far away and we’re so used to watching recorded performances. At Plan-B you can never, ever forget...

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