As it speeds to a close, it's clear that 2015 has been one busy year! Through stunning highs and lows everyone's been busy: Busy hoping for rain; surfing the web; sitting in traffic; feeling the Bern; stumping the Trump; rockin' the Pope. Busy paying your bills; not getting ill; avoiding police; finding a home- for cheap. Busy times indeed!
And we've been busy too! Busy booking our first national tour in 15 years! We're excited to bring Freedomland into the heartlands that were the genesis of the play's story.
Busy brainstorming ideas for our summer 2016 show and hosting various performances in our studio.
Busy planning to bring our playmaking workshops beyond Treat Ave into Hunters Point in 2016, and very likely into the Central Valley to work with inmates, migrant workers and youth to give voice to their issues through theater. In our corporate media-saturated world, SFMT's work to illustrate the issues of the disenfranchised through their own original plays is more critical than ever.
Busy preparing the 20th year celebration of our Youth Theater Project (YTP). Still growing, with both Fall and Spring sessions, we're now serving our second generation of Bay Area teens. Helping to create the artist-activists of the future continues to be a joyful privilege.
Busy meeting with our neighbors and a talented (and generous) team of local architects, engineers and builders. Together we've completed a Feasibility Study looking at improving our property to better serve us and the many displaced SF artists. The plan includes LEED certified and energy independent performance, production and gallery spaces with residency for visiting artists.
Busy welcoming new Collective member Lizzie Calogero and Board members Kate Harrison, and Curtistine Waldon-Hoes! And together busy beginning a Strategic Planning process. This requires us to redefine our goals and establish a sustainable business plan that will support those goals into the future. A large part of this depends on gathering information from you. Please fill out a survey and answer with as much honest detail as possible. We need to hear from you.
We've also been really busy writing grants-lots of grants! It's those special project grants that are making the above possible. Unfortunately, despite our frugality and skeleton staff, the costs of doing daily business and our free park shows continue to increase and the grants to underwrite performances are rare and highly competitive. This is why we continue to look to you through our regular appeals.
This year we purchased an improved sound system which made it possible for the actors to be heard and understood. Perhaps as a result, we saw a boost in hat donations at shows. But unfortunately, we raised much less in our critically important summer appeal. We need to raise $50,000 in this, our winter appeal. Please donate as generously as you can and keep us moving forward with our plans to stay busy performing, teaching, touring and working for a just future for all.
In Continued Solidarity,
The San Francisco Mime Troupe Collective, Board & Staff
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