Help out a Great Local Theatre Company!

Theatre Business

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So for the last two summers, my days have been filled working with a wonderful company called ETC, the Educational Theatre Company. They run a host of summer camps and year-round programs which offer excellent opportunities for children of all ages to take part in the performing arts in Arlington and Falls Church. This year, they are taking part in the United Way’s Do More 24.

Do More 24 is a one-day, 24-hour fundraiser encouraging donors to give to charities in the Greater DC area. At 12:00am on June 26th, the campaign will begin, and will run until 11:59pm that night. In that span, ETC is trying to raise $3000 to help support our various programs throughout the year.

These programs range from from helping students at ESOL schools build confidence through their Mainstage Residency Programs to collaborating with the community through our Creative Age courses with various senior programs. As we gear up for our intense summer season, we’re looking at over a dozen different camps, ranging from one to two weeks, with students ranging from pre-K through high school.

They’re an excellent program with the central goal of Changing Lives through the Arts. If you’ve got time this Thursday, spread the word, and help this excellent Arlington based organization reach its goal of $3000.

We Call them Moving Images


It’s been a while since I’ve posted on this blog as a Fringe Producer.  Mea culpa.  One big reason is that I’ve been working with WSC avant bard for the past few months on a new project: video.

Avant bard is a great company; they take classic works and add a new spin.  They’re Arlington- based, and for a DC theatre company in the 20-year-old range, they’re more vibrant and edgy than their peers.  I actually got involved thanks to Tom Mallan, who I met through the Education Theatre Company, another great organization to whom I often recommend my fellow actors (and for whom I am also working on video).

When Tom interview me to work for ETC, I mentioned that I was interested in taking theatre and making the process more public, and he expressed interest in my business ideas.  

The pages fly off the calendar, and we cut to work on a ETC film camp, where work is winding down, and Tom approaches me about his own adaptation of Henry I(V), parts 1 and 2, at WSC.

The project is some ‘behind-the-scenes’ work, and fortunately, he has some equipment I can use, to take my idea of highlighting the theatre process and make it happen.

cut to the Artisphere two months later, and I’m working with KJ Fisher (WSC’s brilliant Managing Director), planning out a new series of videos for something called ‘Les Justes.’

Both the show and my videos have a very different feel from the Henry show:

The weeks turn to months, and another show is up.

I’ve frantically run from arlington to fairfax, working on borrowed equipment and time, and producing, despite it all, products that real people are publishing on the internet.

I’ve gotten my own camera (a rebel t2i) and started saving up for an imac.  And here we are on two more shows, The Tooth of Crime and The Bacchae, in rep at WSC.

It’s been quite the learning experience so far, with equal portions of trial (read: technological issues) and tribulations.  I owe a lot of thanks to a lot of people, not least of which are Tom and KJ, but Connor Hogan as well.

Here’s my latest vid.  Hope you enjoy, let me know your thoughts.  I’ll be checking in more often: I promise.