SLANT OF LIGHT THEATER COMPANY

Rating: 4.89 stars   18 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 38 Buckingham Pl % Stacy Ruttenberg Norwalk CT 06851 USA

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Rating: 4 stars  

Slant of Light looks to be a rising star in the Connecticut community Theatre arena. Of the many community Theatres, SOL is a proactive and outreaching organizatino that is attempting to bring all forms of theatre arts to the community. I look forward to good things to come from this organization and hope to be a consistent volunteer.

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

my capacity as lighting designer for Cairo Stories

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

find a suitabel permenant location in which to bring theatre to the Ct. community

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been working closely with Slant of Light since September 2010. I continue to work with them and have no intention of leaving due to the amazing experiences I have had thus far with the company. SoL attracts positive people who are driven by a zest for life. I truly believe that Slant of Light can do whatever it sets out to do because of the atmosphere it creates. The people involved create everything; and the people involved breed success, a safe work space, and a true passion for life and the arts.

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

Past productions, volunteering at the Pilot House, event planning.

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

Work more on grant writing to fund our projects.

Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

Working with Slant of Light has been nothing short of an awesome experience. My thoughts are respected and my assistance is appreciated. I've met many new people through Slant of Light and continue to do so. Not just coworkers, but friends. Good people surround Slant of Light which helps make it a great organization. I have no plans to stop working with this group of good people.

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

meeting new people and gaining experience with my craft (photography) that otherwise I wouldn't have been exposed to.

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

increase awareness to help it grow.

Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

On February 23, 2011, Slant of Light Theater did a reading of my one act play, Good Riddance, that was magnificent!. It was more like a throroughly rehearsed production than a reading. I could not have been more pleased to have their talented actors deliver my play in such a wonderful way.

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

The delivery of my one act play, "Good Riddance" to the public

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

I would try to provide them with more funds for the great job they are doing.

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

Slant of Light is an excellent new theatre company creating forward-thinking, innovative, and relevant theatre through the different branches of the company that produce experimental new works, socially and politically relevant plays, and educational outreach that uses theatre to explore issues challenging today’s youth.

The projects that this company pursues surpass the traditional boundaries of theatre. They are not only focused on engaging the community about current issues but on giving the community a venue in which to respond to these issues. The Rail Against the Headlines and the New Play Reading Series present works by many Connecticut authors and SOL’s play M&Ms IN HEAVEN provokes conversations about body image and self-esteem in local middle schools.

SOL demands professionalism while encouraging people to step out of preconceived “theatre jobs” in order to more fully collaborate. This unique approach to contemporary theatre enlivens both the participants and the productions and gives ownership of the plays to every individual involved. I love working with this company and look forward to my continuing involvement and to SOL's growth and evolution.

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Slant of Light's inclusivity is one of its greatest assets. SOL gave me, a recent college graduate, opportunities to work in costume design (IKE: THE TALE OF THE FLOATING FLAMINGO and THE GOODBYE PARTY) and directing (CAIRO STORIES) that many other companies would not risk, and it extends the same trust and support to many other young artists. At the same time SOL maintains an environment in which seasoned theatre professionals love to work. Every member of this community has the opportunity to both teach

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

Slant of Light would benefit from a permanent, accessible performance space and the staff should be converted from volunteers to paid employees – they deserve it and it would allow them to contribute even more of their amazing talents to growing this wonderful company!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

The enthusiasm, dedication, and diversity of all participants and the multifaceted approach to presenting theatre to the local community via readings, productions, and education.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Rating: 5 stars  

I love Slant of Light and everything it stands for. It raises awareness of topics that most people don't talk about, but are very important to society. SOL provides a "safe space" and gives a voice to those of us who sometimes need that extra encouragment.

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

SOL does monthly play readings which I think is a great way to get play-writers out there so they can get feedback on their pieces.

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

Get them more money! I'm positive that SOL cold go so much further if money wasn't such a huge issue in productions.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

How did you learn about this organization?

Family

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

Slant of Light is an organization that has a lot of heart and soul. It is a mission-based organization that works towards that mission with every ounce of its being. They are a relatively new organization and are very much working to find their way, make their presence known, be financially viable, and make a difference in the world all at the same time. Any one of those would be a big goal to have on its own, but working toward all of them at the same time is nothing short of ambitious. They are doing a great job so far under the leadership of their artistic director, Stacy Ruttenberg. Her passion and efforts are nothing short of admirable. She has really tried to choose people and productions that are worthy of what Slant of Light is and hopes to be in the future...so far so good!

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

I have really seen it shed light on a lot of topics that are socially hard to confront, like race, sexuality, current events, etc by way of its art and production. Its rail against the headlines series as well as play reading series are both great examples of this.

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

Give them more money! I just wish that organizations that do great things didn't have to consider doing things just for the sake of making money. I think that Stacy and Slant of Light have done a great job so far navigating through this, but again I wish they didn't have to think about it!!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

Review from Guidestar
Rating: 4 stars  

I wholeheartedly support Slant of Light Productions and their mission of communication and awareness as key to inspiring action.

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

working on the production crew of 'Boardwalk Melody Hour Murders' a dinner theatre show that was fun and entertaining, that had a very talented cast and director, and was well organized and professionally run.

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

I don't have any suggestions for changing it.

Review from Guidestar
Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Slant of Light is innovative and always seeking to do new work. I know that the members who run it are intelligent, amazing, well-rounded and truly excellent in their craft. I admire that they are always striving to present new work, and it's important to keep their work going!

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

My work as a theatre artist and producer.

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

Get them more money to do more work!

Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

After graduating from college and moving back to CT, I was so pleased to find a theatre company devoted to social awareness and community. Nowadays, there is sharp divide between people's perceptions of the point of theatre; many think of it merely as a place of entertainment. Having studied educational theatre in the past, it disheartens me to think of theatre in this way. Theatre, to me, is a place of great learning, a fundamental place for society to gather and empathize.

Slant of Light is a non-profit theatre company that has hearkened back to why theatre exists at all: as a place of communication and awareness. Their persistence to social equality and addressing current global and domestic issues (with their "Rail Against the Headlines" series) strengthens the community which they serve. It's founder, Stacy Ruttenberg, has devoted her life to this non-profit, and utilizes her intelligence and personality to constantly push Slant of Light into a grander and more efficient place. She utilizes the entirety of the arts community in CT and understands how to manage and organize the group. They enlist a long list of noble volunteers and artisans who I find are always pleased to work for this new and refreshing organization. Having participated as an actor, director, and supporter of the group, I find the spirit of Slant of Light refreshing and inspiring.

While Slant of Light is a small organization, their programs expand across the spectrum. They not only have a main stage production season, but they host monthly play reading series for local writers (one of very few organizations to do so), have an educational touring troupe, and host other concerts and events including CT Idol.

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

After the production of "IKE: or the Tale of the Floating Flamingo" to which I was an actor, I found my family discussing the situation of the play in thorough honesty. The play was based on Hurricane Ike which hit Galveston, TX in 2008. My family discussed how they would handle being in a situation such as this one and they discussed other devastations. They were having an honest and real debate about how to handle these disasters as well as effects of global warming. Communication. Awareness.

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

The only thing that holds Slant of Light back from fully blossoming into the ideas of its creator is a lack of financial support for arts organizations. Please review Slant of Light to help it win this funding!

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