"I want audiences to recognize the importance of seeing Latinx and brown geniuses on stage." -Sophie Franco, Actor
The Proof Porch Project presents David Auburn's Proof through a new progressive lens: highlighting the diversity of the American Latinx experience, this production will be Proof's first bilingual staging that centers around a Latinx, bilingual family.
These themes are not limited to the stage. Each performance will feature partnering nonprofit organizations whose services align with the themes of Proof: affordable comprehensive healthcare insurance that reduces the stigma of mental illness, support groups for family care givers, and resources for immigrant and Latinx empowerment. Not only will our audiences connect with the characters in the play, they will also make contact with actual local resources and know they are not alone.
We believe access to the arts is right for all, including audiences of color and low-incomed patrons who face transportation or economic barriers, and often do not see their faces onstage. To ensure these audiences experience professional theatre in tandem with community services, we will be touring this Pulitzer-Award winning play across Puget Sound to Seattle's Beacon Hill, Shoreline, Burien, Port Townsend, and Tacoma.
Our 100% brown producing team consists of three Seattle theatre professionals:
Ana Maria Campoy, Director of Education and Community Engagement at Seattle Public Theater and freelance teaching artist for Seattle Repertory Theater, Shoreline Community College, and Arts Impact's Voices from the Field Program. She also actively tours the nation performing Living Voice's solo play La Causa, a migrant girl's coming of age story during the Civil Rights Movement of Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta.
Arlene Martínez-Vázquez, Director of Education at Seattle Repertory Theatre and Artistic Director at Thriving Artists. Her directing work has been seen at eSe Teatro/ ACT, Northwest Playwright's Alliance/Seattle Rep, and Book-It Repertory Theatre's bilingual Educational Tour. She is a member of the steering committee of Latino Theatre Commons and a regular contributor to the online theatre journal Howlround.
Matt Sherrill, Executive Assistant at Intiman Theatre and freelance producer and production manager whose collaborative work has been seen with On the Boards, CityArts, Seattle Theatre Group, Seattle Public Parks, and ACT. He was also a founding cohort member of the Common Ground Music Project and served as the Producing Assistant of their international initiative to Cuba, travelling with a cohort of Seattle-based music artists to collaborate and perform with Cuban artists.
The Proof Porch Project has already received $11,000 in grants from the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture's City Artists program and 4Culture. This funding enables all King County performances and equitably compensates our artists. including a 100%-female artistic team and a cohort of locally established actors.
This Kickstarter supplements additional performances to be shared outside of King County to other Latinx neighborhoods. The funding will go towards:
- transportation costs
- artist per diem (food, increased stipend, etc.)
- targeted community outreach
- additional marketing materials
We are so excited to share this experience with Puget Sound.
Proof Porch Project; coming to a porch near you!!
Risks and challenges
In our experience, Seattle theatre audiences reflect a limited demographic due to an intersection of reasons. Especially with the scope of our project, our greatest challenge will be getting people in the door...and at our porches.
The producing team has experience working with unconventional venues and touring models. More importantly, we have a history of working with and for under-served communities by advocating arts access and empowerment, especially through bilingual theatre.
This project is dedicated to audience who typically would not seek these opportunities, or even know they exist! Success for the Proof Porch Project looks like diverse audiences, new engaged theatre-goers, and an evening of unexpected connections to both the performance and our partnering organizations; funding from this Kickstarter directly supports this initiative.
By donating, you will eliminate barriers of access, increase representation of Latinx voices in Seattle theatre and raise awareness of mental health issues in our community, and make room for others to take a seat and engage.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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