The seed of this venture was planted at a Managing Directors' meeting several months ago. TO's Managing Director Gretchen E. Butler was sharing with her fellow theatre leaders about the difficulty of renting shop space for set construction, as well as the challenges of hiring personnel for these builds. This is particularly challenging with the amount of television and film work that occupies both space and workers at higher rates of rent and compensation than the theatre can afford to pay. Both Actor's Express and True Colors expressed a desire to work with Theatrical Outfit to explore the feasibility of sharing a space that all three organizations could use together. This effort seemed a perfect fit for an application to the Community Foundation's Strategic Restructuring Fund. TO was advised two weeks ago that they have been awarded a grant for this effort.
The long term goal of the three companies is to purchase (or long term lease) an industrial shop and warehouse space somewhere in Fulton County / City of Atlanta to serve as the production facilities and scenery storage area for all three theatres. The shop would support the three principal organizations and create workforce development / job training opportunities for students looking to enter below the line creative careers.
Theatrical Outfit, Actor's Express, and Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre Company are enormously grateful to the Community Foundation for their funding toward this collaborative effort. The end result promises to be a fruitful endeavor which will support the missions of the theatres as they seek to impact the community of greater Atlanta with great art on their stages and engagement with all individuals in our community.
About the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta: Since 1951, the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta has been connecting the passions of philanthropists with the purposes of nonprofits doing that work. With over 66 years serving the 23-county Atlanta region and a robust team of experts, the Community Foundation manages the behind-the-scenes details, empowering our donors to focus on the joy of giving. For more information, visit: cfgreateratlanta.org or connect with the Foundation via Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.
UP NEXT AT THEATRICAL OUTFIT - The 2019-2020 Season: Our Town by Thornton Wilder and The Laramie Project by Moises Kaufman & The Tectonic Theater Project performed in repertory with the same cast of 10 actors; the world premiere of Safety Net by Daryl Lisa Fazio; The Wickhams, Christmas at Pemberley by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon; Slow Food by Wendy MacLeod; Indecent by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel; and the beloved musical Cotton Patch Gospel by Tom Key, Russell Treyz, and Harry Chapin featuring Tom Key in his farewell production as Artistic Director of Theatrical Outfit.
THANK YOU TO THEATRICAL OUTFIT 2019-2020 SPONSORS: Funding provided by a grant from the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. Major funding for this program is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners. Major support is provided by the City of Atlanta's Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs. Additional support from: Bloomberg Philanthropies, WarnerMedia, Publix Super Markets Charities, Macy’s, Moxie, Kilpatrick Townsend, Wells Fargo, The Shubert Foundation, and the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta.
ABOUT OUR VENUE: The Balzer Theater at Herren’s is located at 84 Luckie Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30303. Theatrical Outfit utilizes a Loop Listening System, making The Balzer Theater at Herren’s the first theater in the state of Georgia to incorporate this technology. Attendees with T-coil hearing aids may participate automatically, and others needing enhancement may obtain system-compatible headsets from our lobby Box Office.
OUR VISION: A compassionate, joyful, and just community.
OUR MISSION: Produce world-class theatre that starts the conversations that matter.