Updates and Opportunities

26Oct10

Hello again, dear friends and supporters! We’ve been extremely busy at the Secret Headquarters (and at home) and it’s about time for an update. Here are just a few highlights of our work in the recent weeks, and a preview of some great opportunities to come!

ensemble members Ruth Yeo and David Torres

OFT continues to reach out to more and more members of the community. We’ve now gathered responses from approximately 100 people who have shared their ideas about forbidden places. These conversations have become the basis for lots of exciting new scenes and theatrical seedlings.

Our fund-raising campaign has begun and we’re working hard to raise the money we need to bring you a play based on YOUR stories and ideas about forbidden places. We’d like to take a moment to thank our initial donors: William Clough, Randy Dixon, Bobbi Maiers, Ali Miller, and Adam Williams. Please join them in supporting grassroots theater. We can’t do this without you—and every little bit makes a BIG difference! Make a donation to OFT on our fiscal sponsor’s website by clicking here. (The site is secure and your donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.)

Last Thursday, the OFT ensemble had the pleasure of working with an incredible group of collaborators. We were joined by students from Path with Art, a local organization that understands the needs all people have to express their truths creatively. From their website: Path with Art’s mission is to provide art programming to previously homeless and economically disadvantaged adults with the goal of using the creative process as a tool for self-discovery and self-expression, for developing self-confidence, and for building community. They are a tremendous organization with wonderful students; we were thrilled to share an evening together.

closing circle: Path with Art workshop

And now that you’ve heard a little bit about what we’ve been up to, here are some upcoming opportunities to get involved—or to reconnect.

October 30th  @ 1pm: Free workshop! This time, we’re going to explore what is arguably the final forbidden place for all of us—death. Taking our inspiration from cultural traditions including Día de los Muertos, Halloween, and All Souls Day, we’re going to explore death, letting go, and transformation. Join us! It’s free—and fun.

November 3 from 7-9pm: Beyond Talkbacks (part of the professional development training series.) Calling all performing artists who’d like to find new ways to engage with your audiences through creative post-show programming! This training will give you oodles of innovative ideas and techniques that go way beyond talkbacks so that you can create customized post-show programming that fits your needs (really. Audiences can help you get better at what you do—but you have to know how to ask the right questions) AND the needs of your audiences. Don’t miss this one! $10-$20 sliding scale.

November 5th @ 7pm: Come support One Forbidden Thing at SPROUT Seattle! This is a tremendous local microfunding program that provides a sustainably farmed, homemade dinner to diners (at a very affordable $20 ticket price) who then hear about various local arts projects. Diners vote one which project they would like to fund and then winning project receives the money raised from ticket sales for the dinner. OFT is honored to be participating and we need your help to win the money that we so greatly need to carry out the fullness of our vision. Please attend the dinner and vote for us!

 

Thanks for your continued support and participation. We’re looking forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming events!

 

 

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2 Responses to “Updates and Opportunities”

  1. 1 Ruth

    We’re participating in SPROUT!!!! HOORAH!!!!

  2. I know! I’m so excited. Details for ensemble members tonight @ rehearsal.


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