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New Theatre Magazine began as a way to bring together all of the things I know and love: theatre (in all its forms and facets), design, art, photography, and people—specifically people who believe theatre is magic: an alchemical process that can change the world.

The transformative power of the performing arts is the power to heal ourselves, each other, and our communities. The power to create a just, compassionate society that isn't afraid to be bold or honor our truths.

New Theatre Magazine celebrates this, and embraces inclusivity as a strength. It's a magazine that empowers theatre people to empower each other, to connect, to enrich our work... for ourselves and for the world.

~ Kathryn

THE MANIFESTO

New Theatre Magazine seeks artists who believe in magic.

New Theatre Magazine believes theatre is one of, if not the most powerful art form tool for social change—and seeks creators who believe the same.

New Theatre Magazine seeks storytellers who aim to examine, challenge, disrupt, and transform the status quo through their work, especially people of color, women, queer, trans, non-binary, neurodiverse, and disabled storytellers.

New Theatre Magazine believes authenticity is the only valid form of social currency.

New Theatre Magazine is for theatre makers, artists, technicians, lovers, and goers.

New Theatre Magazine aims to illuminate the conversations and work happening in local and regional theatre spaces around the nation and the globe.

New Theatre Magazine wants to hear personal stories about the transformative power of the performing arts.

THE TEAM

Pubisher-in-Chief : Kathryn Lynn Morgen (they/their/them) - Washington

Kathryn is a theatre artist and graphic designer. They formerly served as Artistic Director ('16-'17) of Whidbey Children's Theatre (WCT) and co-founded Queer Pride on Whidbey in 2014. Kathryn is an actor, director, producer, designer, stage manager, and theatre tech. Some of their favorite credits include the professional premier of Shakespeare's Other Women with Island Shakespeare Festival in January 2018, Winifred Banks - Mary Poppins (WCT), Malcolm - Macbeth (Whidbey Island Center for the Arts), and Catherine Givings - In the Next Room, or the vibrator play (OutCast Productions), as well as directing Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl for Theatre Conservatory for Young Adults, and stage managing Hinterland by Matt Cameron, directed by Lucy Pearce (WCTeen Blackbox).

Head Editor : Julieta Vitullo (she/her/hers) - Washington

Julieta is a Seattle-based bilingual writer born and raised in Argentina. She holds an MA in English and a PhD in Spanish, both from Rutgers University. Her writing has appeared in journals in the U.S. and abroad. She’s the author of a book on the fictions of the Falklands War and the protagonist and co-scriptwriter of the award-winning film The Exact Shape of the Islands. She’s currently working on a collection of stories on love and war, with the support of an Artist Trust grant. As a member of Parley, a Seattle Playwrights’ Group, Julieta had a workshop of her first full-length play, About Marilyn, this fall. Her second play, Iguazú, was staged in April of 2018. She’s thrilled to be embarking on a new great adventure as part of New Theatre Magazine’s editorial staff.

Copy Editor : Madison Parrotta (she/her/hers) - New Jersey

Madison is a recent graduate of Rider University with a B.A. in English and Theatre. She has interned at the Crossroads Theatre Company and Princeton University Press and is an administrative apprentice with Theater Breaking Through Barriers. Currently, she is also a copy editor for Culture Trip, the managing editor of the theatre and disability section of The Theatre Times, a fiction editor for The Bookends Review, a volunteer reader for Includas Publishing, and a script reader for The New Group.

Design Editor : Morgan Bondelid (she/her/hers) - Washington

Morgan is a deep generalist (aka multipotentialite), which is why she’s also a graphic designer, stage & voice actor, researcher & advocate, wordsmith, knitter, baker, and cat whisperer. She earned her B.A. at Principia College with a self-directed, interdisciplinary focus on how creativity makes us more human, and vice versa. Favorite acting credits include Queen Elizabeth in Richard III and Verges & The Night Watch (with puppets) in Much Ado About Nothing with Island Shakespeare Festival; Penny in the stage adaptation of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog and Bernstein in David Mamet’s November at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts. Some favorite graphic design projects include the design & layout of Artie Kane’s memoir, Music To My Years: Life and Love Between the Notes, and book covers for Receiver of Many and Destroyer of Light, a sumptuous retelling of the Hades-and-Persephone myth by Rachel Alexander.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • Plays by Micki Shelton, Brian Dang, Jasmine Lomax, Hannah Merrill and Elaine Romero
  • The Non-binary Monologues Project : Interviews with Woodzick, Grace Carmack, Marcus Gorman, Ayla Sullivan, Brittany Alyse Willis
  • Roundtable : The Relevance of Producing Ethnic Theatre | Featuring: Julieta Vitullo, Kathy Hsieh, Valerie Curtis-Newton, Rose Cano
  • Bechdel Test : Does a Latina Playwright Need Permission to Write about Women’s Bodies? | Written by Elaine Romero, Commissioned by New Theatre Magazine
  • Book Reviews : Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood - Reviewed by Hadley Kamminga-Peck & The Magic of Light by Jean Rosenthal - Reviewed by Merridawn Duckler
  • Process Piece : Visual Essay & Interview with Katie Wilton
  • Artwork by Max Cole-Takanikos
  • Overheard in the Theatre : A comic featuring absurd quotes overheard by folks during the rehearsal process. Illustrated by Anthony ‘CozCon’ Conover 
  • What’s in Your Rehearsal Bag? Literally.
  • Show Us Your Booths! Photos of your tech booths.
  • Theatre Horoscopes by Virginia Rosenberg

THE PRODUCT

The Pilot Issue of New Theatre Magazine is an 8x10” (the same size as a headshot!) 80-page magazine including articles, columns, interviews, and short plays printed on velvety delicious 70# coated paper with an 80# cover (all 10% recycled) at Lithtex NW in Bellingham, Washington.

Digital editions will also be available!

 THE BREAKDOWN

$12,500 will provide the funding to print and ship 1000 copies of the Pilot Issue.

Every funder who gives at a qualifying level will receive a copy in the mail. Plus, physical copies of the Pilot Issue of New Theatre Magazine will be shipped directly, for free, to over 300 institutions, businesses, and theatre organizations across the nation—leading the way to subscriptions and retailers to help fund future issues! With the remaining funds, we’ll pay our staff, playwrights, and journalists a stipend of gratitude for their work.

$7500 - Printing & Binding (1000 Copies)
$3000 - Shipping (at appx. $3 each)
$1000 - Staff & Contributor Stipends
$1000 - Kickstarter / Stripe Fees

 STRETCH GOALS

$13,000 : You've now funded a one-year Issuu subscription, enabling us to easily provide digital editions of New Theatre Magazine.

$15,000 : Not only have you funded the inaugural issue of New Theatre Magazine in print and digital editions but also an inaugural anthology of plays from our new company—New Theatre Publishing! With these funds we can publish the first edition of our first collection of new plays in print and digital formats. Thank you!

$23,000 : You’ve officially funded our first issue of NTM in print and digital editions, our first anthology of plays, AND our Second Issue of New Theatre Magazine—we can focus on curating the content and coordinating the logistics of retail distribution and subscriptions. THANK YOU!

Risks and challenges

Production Delays: We are working directly with LithtexNW choosing the paper and ensuring our files are prepared for press. Our rep, Shawn, is very knowledgable and helpful with any questions or concerns we have. We are very pleased with our relationship and confident we can find the best solutions for our customers should any problems arise.

Future Issues: By sending our Pilot Issue for free to over 300 businesses and organizations, we aim to secure advertisers, retail distributors, and subscriptions that will sustain the business of creating and maintaining magazine publications for many issues to come. This is a relationship-building process that starts with offering our proof of concept for free to potential customers! With your help, we can prove our product is something people want and therefore something advertisers and retailers want to invest in!

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