The Scoundrel & Scamp Theatre, in partnership with ZUZI! Dance and The Historic Y, is investing over half a million dollars to renovate The ZUZI! Theater space, a performance venue that has served the community as a home for movement, dance and theater for nearly two decades.
While art can happen anywhere, Tucson has a shortage of fully equipped, modernized theater spaces that can support the varied needs of dance, acrobatic arts, and theater. We aim to build two flexible spaces that will serve as a home to some of the most exciting live performance in Tucson.
The renovation project includes:
- A new theater entrance, complete with lobby, box office, concessions and waiting area
- Three fully renovated bathrooms
- New lighting grid & sound system
- New theater seating
- 150 seat MainStage Space
- 30 seat Studio performance space & classroom, including separate entrance
- Dressing rooms
- Workshop area
- Updated safety features
What do we need and why do we need it?
This project is a love note to our greater Tucson community. We, a 501(c)3 non-profit, have embarked on this project in order to create an amazing space for people to come together around the arts with a desire to have a positive impact on the quality of life for the neighborhood and the city as a whole for years to come.
We have raised nearly 80% of the funds independently, but in order to fully realize this project, we need to raise the last 20%. We are looking for support from amazing community members like you, who believe in the transformative power of the performing arts, to contribute toward making this vision become reality.
About The Scoundrel & Scamp Theatre
The Scoundrel & Scamp Theatre seeks to create a space in which local artists and audiences across ages can explore deep and provocative questions regarding self, tribe, life, death and what it ultimately means to be human. We seek to accomplish this by
- Offering our community an annual season of high quality, challenging theatrical works ranging from classics to new;
- Providing youth with classes, mentorship and performance opportunities through which we will cultivate the next generation of Tucson theater artists, with emphasis on collaboration, imagination, inquiry, and training;
- Renovating, maintaining, and making available an affordable, quality performance space to the local artist community, with particular emphasis on work relevant to Tucson and the Southwest.
Our company is new to Tucson. We, Bryan and Elizabeth Falcón, are two former tech entrepreneurs who have returned to our roots in the arts to found The Scoundrel & Scamp Theatre. We're also providing a newly renovated home for ZUZI! - who isn't going anywhere - but is getting a serious upgrade in digs.
Coming out of the election season in 2016, we began to see cultural narratives at war with each other. Given the current turn that technology has taken, it has been easy for us to fall into a siloed experience within the confines of social media. Within our silos, it has become more difficult to have real conversations with people with whom we disagree. As a non-profit committed to serving the people of Tucson, we aim to bring our local community together to share story as experience, and within that experience, share differing perspectives and world views.
We welcome current theater audiences through our doors with open arms, and we are also striving to attract a new generation of theater-goers. Our aesthetic is intended to appeal to the adventurous retiree, the disillusioned gen-xer and the young adult searching for meaning in the world. No matter our audience, we will engage via immersive theater with a strong focus on inquiry and language, blended with darkness and wit, beauty and challenge. Our first season features Victorian horror, mystical Appalachian spirits, Salomé dancing for the head of John the Baptist, and survivors of an apocalyptic event finding solace in the lost tales of the Simpsons. Dark and beautiful fare, all.
About ZUZI! Dance
ZUZI! Dance is a non-profit arts service organization committed to catalyzing personal expression and healing for people of all backgrounds, ages, and abilities. Through movement-based art forms and somatic practices, ZUZI! Dance provides opportunities and resources for individuals to discover and confidently navigate their creative paths. We offer classes, workshops, and performances for our community to fully experience live art.
ZUZI! strives to lead as an artist-driven, community-centered dance space where we create partnerships and collaboration through education, artist support, and public performance.
ZUZI! envisions Tucson as a city where contemporary dance is a regular part of the cultural landscape, where movement artists are valued for their important contributions to culture and society.
ZUZI! keeps moving so we can keep our community moving!
About The Historic Y
The Historic Y is a vibrant, artistically and progressively oriented community, home to The Rogue Theatre, ZUZI! Dance Company and The Scoundrel and Scamp Theatre, as well as a variety of visual, performing and healing arts professionals and non-profit environmental, conservation, educational, cultural, social justice and community service organizations including Tucson Audubon Society and Nature Shop, Paulo Freire Freedom School, Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project, Earn to Learn, The Human Communication Studio and Tucson CSA (Community Supported Agriculture).
The Historic Y provides a powerful force in the Tucson community for promoting human and environmental justice, individual enrichment, creative self-expression, environmental sustainability, and respect for nature and diversity.
Risks and challenges
Our project is a huge undertaking. We are gutting the entire 5200 square foot space and rebuilding within three short months. The renovation project began on July 15th.
We are working with an amazing team, and are supported wholeheartedly by our community of architects, designers and engineers - all whom we have worked with before on previous projects. These are talented people who authentically want this project to be successful, and we feel that we are in good hands.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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