Airmid Theatre Company

Rating: 4.63 stars   8 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: c/o 844 Bay Shore Ave West Islip NY 11795 USA

Mission: Airmid Theatre Company's mission is to recover, collect and produce classic plays by women. Airmid aims to: --produce performances of significant dramatic works written by women throughout history, --engage in the ongoing research and recovery of classic plays by women, --mentor emerging female theatre practitioners, --commission and create new works by women for the theatre, --expand the dramatic canon of works by women for study and production. With these plays at the heart of its mission, the company creates a safe home for women artists, igniting broad public recognition of the essential contribution women have made to the worlds of theatre, dramatic literature. By establishing the history of playwriting by women and professionally producing their work with actors of both genders as the playwrights intended, we open the door to broader discussion on women's roles today, and in the future.
Results: In one season, Airmid increased the attendance to our family series play during our Summer Theatrre Festival from approximately 200 people in 2009 to 1200 children and families in 2010.
Target demographics: Airmid draws audiences from across the Long Island metropolitan region to its annual free Summer Theatre Festival, to readings and other programs.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 3500+
Geographic areas served: Long Island and the greater metropolitan region
Programs: Taking the Stage: Business Skills Development Series -- This series consists of two separate programs: "The Art of Business Presentations," and "Executive Presence: Your Role in the Office and Beyond." Both are 1 to 2 day seminars that focus on basics and expanding on those basics of executive presence and speaking in a presentation. Both seminars offer feedback and personal coaching.

All She Wrote Concert-style Performance and Discussion Series -- A series of staged readings designed to investigate works by women of various periods.

Airmid Family Series -- Performing plays dating back to the 1550s that were written specifically to entertain young theatregoers and their families.

Airmid Research Library -- Collects, preserves, and enhances the works of women playwrights world wide, to make the collections accessible for scholars for advanced research.

Professional Development Programs for Educators -- These programs explore the process of producing and teaching theatre, providing educators with new tools to expand their students' participation and understanding.

Translation Workshop -- Airmid recovers the best texts written by female playwrights from all nations and ages for study, translation, and ultimately, for production in English.

For more information on these programs, visit our facebook page or website.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I am a theatre professor with a specialization in plays by women, so I have been interested in Airmid for awhile. The summer before last, I was in New York for a research trip. I took a train to Long Island to see both Airmid's children's play and a fabulous production of Aphra Behn's The Emperor of the Moon. Both productions were staged outdoors in a beautiful park, and both were very good. The company operates on donations, bringing free theatre to its community. I think they also serve an important function by bringing attention to neglected classic works by female authors. I am impressed with what they were able to do on a shoestring budget.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Making outdoor theatre audiences happy.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The park setting is a mixed blessing: it is very lovely, but it is also very far from the train station if one does not have a car.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My wife and I attended our first outdoor Summer Festival Production and were extremely impressed with the quality of the acting and production value. Professional actors are used in the theatre production and brought genuine heart and soul to the performance. The humor they brought to the performance was a wonderful touch.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

its childrens and adult outdoor theatre productions.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help it grow to be able to have its own theatre building and to be able to produce more shows.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Airmid brings the work of forgotten or unknown female playwrights to life
for todays audience - their productions are professional and profound - addressing issues that are both universal and timeless - thank you Airmid for keeping these works alive.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

both planning, perfromance and as an audience member.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find them a permanent home!

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Rating: 4 stars  

I love the readings of plays written by women from years ago and the dialog it inspires. Even those written hundreds of years ago are still so relevant today. Women, their place in society and their experiences are universal.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Founder Tricia McDermott is inspirational in her focus, drive and passion for Airmid Theatre.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wish NYS Parks Dept would not put so many road blocks in the way of the Summer Festival at Nissaquogue River State Park

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Rating: 4 stars  

I have attended readings and full productions. The crisp, professional acting and directing as well as the plays chosen provide exciting and enjoyable entertainment. The outdoor setting during the summer is delightful. I particularly enjoy becoming more familiar with works from women of various eras.Airmid Theatre Company is great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the audience.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

none

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

Airmid is a non-profit organization who brings the arts into a deeper dimension for the community. The productions are all first class!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Tricia McDermott is one of the most dedicated persons to the field of arts that I've ever met.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

I think Aramid offers a great service to the community, both adult and youth. The productions I have experienced have offered top quality entertainment. I would recommend others to become fans/members/ or patrons of this company.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

a variety of ways.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find a way to offer productions year round.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the value of the product to the community

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly and helpful, as well as informed.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

become a permanent (year round) asset to the women in its community.

Ways to make it better...

they had a permanent residence for theatrical productions.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Getting the financial backing it needs to grow in such a hard economy.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

Airmid was founded with three things in mind: empower women artists so our voices are heard and our visions are seen; to recover our theatrical past so we can claim our future; and to provide society a new way to see and understand the concerns of women as we breakdown the negative stereotypes that effect both genders today. Of course we want to present high quality, professionally produced theatre relevant to everyone in the process just as all professional theatres across the country do. Early in our work, we produced a show that drew a small but enthusiastic audience. One of those people was a man in his 60's who wrote me a letter after the show. He told me that he had always seen himself as a man who treated women as his equal but after seeing our work and hearing the text of the play, he began to wonder if he was truly as open to women as his equal as he had long believed. He said he would try harder to be just that. During a post show talk back regarding a suffrage play, we had a group of young women whose mothers brought them to the show. One of them raised her hand and being only about 7, she expressed surprise that women had not been allowed to vote and saying

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my daily life.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I'd grow the group of people who can enhance the work of the artists we use to can help us grow. I would give up my day job and return to theater management to do just this if there were a stable way for me to run this theatre full time.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing the responses of men and women to the work we do as something that effects them emotionally and intellectually, makes them laugh and cry, and helps them see themselves in the world in new ways.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

all walks of life. Men and women, varying economic backgrounds and educations.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

hire the staff we need to stabilize and grow so we can better serve our mission and our community, restore a building to become our permanent home, and make more of an impact on more women and girls by empowering more people through our art.

Ways to make it better...

I could give those working with us more than just my thanks.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

a climate that has trouble seeing the value of the arts in our lives and an economic climate that forces many to feel that they don't have time in their lives to participate in our work.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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