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Talk Back Theatre: A Staged Reading Forum

TBT is a new staged reading company in Orange County, CA, created to spark meaningful conversations and celebrate diverse voices.

Talk Back Theatre: A Staged Reading Forum

TBT is a new staged reading company in Orange County, CA, created to spark meaningful conversations and celebrate diverse voices.

$1,246
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19
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, July 12 2017 8:19 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated July 12, 2017

About

Theatre is a catalyst for conversation, but we have to make the leap.  

Talk Back Theatre is a new staged reading forum in Orange County California with a simple goal: to produce staged readings of new plays, followed by a discussion in which the audience is a full participant. 

Our plays are selected through a fee-free open call for submissions and hone in on some of the most pressing and pertinent issues of our time. Our discussions (or “talkbacks”) will feature a curated panel of experts on the play’s issues, including community leaders and artists, who can offer insight, bolster conversation, and answer questions. Our forum will be a place of discussion, respectful debate, and -- hopefully -- better understanding of one another and our world. 

Our first reading will take place in September at the Garden Grove Amphitheatre, and we are in the process of selecting the inaugural play. Over the open call period in April 2017, TBT received over 500 unproduced scripts from across the globe. We want to thank the hundreds of playwrights who chose to share their work with us. We will be ready to make our announcement in mid-June, so keep your eye on this page!  

Your support will give us the funding we need to pay the playwright, actors, and directors; to book spaces for readings and rehearsals; and to run the operations behind the scenes. Thank you for taking an interest in TBT. You can learn more about us and sign up for our email list on our website, talkbacktheatre.org. Thanks for your support, and we’ll see you at the forum!

SPECIAL THANKS TO KEVIN KEATOR & VERTEX MEDIA, ARTS ORANGE COUNTY, and OUR SUBMISSIONS READERS!

TBT operates as a nonprofit organization through our fiscal sponsor Arts Orange County, meaning you will receive a tax deduction receipt and be eligable to claim this donation on your tax return.

Risks and challenges

Starting a new company is always risky, and in the arts it is doubly so. We are striving to create an organization where artists are paid well, and the audience doesn't pay at all. It's a difficult task, but one we can accomplish, with your help! To counter the difficulties of offering free attendance, we have chosen to include only two readings per season (one in the fall, and one in the spring). We are also invested in seeking out financial partners and grants as we grow, working with our fiscal sponsor Arts Orange County so that we can operate as a non-profit while we are in our fledgling stages.

Both founders have several years of experience working as artists and administrators in the nonprofit theatre world, both in Orange County and beyond. We are equipped with the skills and the drive needed to launch and managing this new staged reading forum.

Choosing a play has proven a great challenge thus far, as we received over FIVE TIMES the number of scripts we anticipated. We've recruited additional readers and are getting close to our final round of reading... This has been one of the greatest challenges, but it's a positive one!

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