The Starving Artist Theatre

Rating: 5 stars   17 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: P.O. Box 41822 Arlington VA 22204 USA

Mission: The Starving Artist Theatre (the “Theatre”) was created in the summer of 2004 and incorporated on September 7, 2005, as a Virginia nonprofit corporation. The Theatre was formed for the following purposes: (1) to operate exclusively for charitable and educational purposes; (2) to produce and present live theatre productions and other events of a similar nature; and, (3) to educate the public in all areas of theatre performance and production, through workshops and other educational programs. The Theatre operates primarily as a playhouse to support and feature local artists. Sponsored activities include three full-length play productions, and in 2010 a summer children’s playwriting drama camp, The Little Artists. The Theatre’s mission is to create a haven for artists to develop their professional careers. The Starving Artist has launched 16 actors, two stage managers, and one sound technician’s professional career. The Theatre strives to produce unpublished playwrights and utilize undiscovered talent for all of its productions. At the present, it has produced five unpublished playwrights. After building a strong foundation for its mission, the Theatre has now been successful in implementing those objectives by producing seven profitable and critically acclaim shows, and developed a consistent fundraising program.

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

It's rare that a small theatre is run with such professionalism, earns such high praise, and attracts such unique talent, but The Starving Artist Theatre is an exception in all three areas. Its owner and director is committed to her staff and productions, sacrificing her personal time whenever it's required. The plays the theatre produces are high caliber, character-driven comedies and dramas that speak to the heart. And the actors the theatre and its director assemble for each production are some of the finest undiscovered talents in the area. I cannot recommend The Starving Artist Theatre enough!

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

the staff's willingness to put on the best show possible, even when budgetary limitations and other obstacles present themselves.

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

dedicated, friendly, and dependable; people willing to pitch in and help wherever a need existed.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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11 people found this review helpful

I worked first as an actor in one of the Starving Artist's shows, and then directed their show for Fringe '10. Both were great experiences that showed a level of dedication and professionalism that is rare in small theater companies in the dc area.

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

the opportunities it provided me as an actor and a director entering the professional theater scene for the first time.

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

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

the passion and dedication that the company has for providing opportunities to up and coming theater professionals, and the high quality of work that dedication produces.

Ways to make it better...

budget had allowed for more rehearsal time in the performance space.

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

funding.

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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3 people found this review helpful

I have attended many of the Starving Artist productions. It is extremely high quality theater in a very intimate environment. Anyone who is a fan of the arts and wants to see groundbreaking writing produced by up and coming local actors and actresses is in for a treat.

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

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

The shows are very entertaining

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

Friendly and dedicated

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

Easily create a self sustaining organization that could foster local artists and artistic efforts

Ways to make it better...

a larger venue was possible

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

Lack of funding

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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4 people found this review helpful

My husband and I have been to see every production by the starving artist theatre. Our favorite was the one act festival because of the great variety of theatre that was shown. We are always impressed by the talent and the emphasis on both local acting and writing. We are always glad to support this theatre group and hope to see more of their offerings!

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

the focus on local acting, directing,and writing talent.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

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7 people found this review helpful

My family and I have seen "To Catch a Man" and "A Replacement for Mr. Lucifer" as well as the series of one act plays this past summer. The plays are clever and had us rolling on the floor laughing. I most enjoyed "To Catch a Man" which was so true to life and brought back memories of my own. It is a timeless classic. We are impressed by the immense talent of the actors and their ability to use so few props and yet carry the audience into their world. They generally don't overact. Bravo Zulu! We can't wait to see more!

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

the opportunity to laugh out loud with my family and enjoy theatre up close and at reasonable prices

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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5 people found this review helpful

My husband and I have been to all except one of the Starving Artist Productions. We have been amazed by the calliber of talented actors and off broadway plays. For instance the play entitled "To Catch A Man" was incredibly funny. The first time we saw this production the playhouse was crowded and the laughter never stopped, we were all quite entertained and impressed by the flow of dialog and the quality of the acting. A few months later we noticed that the same production was advertized to play once again at another theater and with a somewhat different cast, we decided to go again even though we had already seen this play, but we wanted to see it again. We were not disappointed, in fact even though some of the original actors had changed, (we loved the first actors), the new actors were just as great, and the play once again wonderfully funny. We purchased the video and sent it to a sister in Naples FL, She and her husband "laughed until they cried", and then as they live in a gated community, they started viewing the play in their home for some of their visiting friends and family, all of whom also loved this particular play, even one who had been to many plays in New York, commented that this play compared to some of the plays they had seen. All in all we have really enjoyed having these productions to look forward to, and hope that the company will continue to make these productions available throughout the year. We have found it to be a very affordable date hight out.

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

the entertainment value of the productions.

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

the affordable fun and quality of actors

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

Showcase more actors, bringing off broadway plays to our State, attracting tourists from the Washington D.C. vistors

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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4 people found this review helpful

The Starving Artist Theatre gave me my first professional theater experience in the DC area. They have always produced plays that are both challenging and fun to perform and watch.

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

be a powerhouse for DC artist just beginning in theater.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-4-01

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7 people found this review helpful

I've watched Sage Costanzo build The Starving Artist from the ground up, and her passion, drive and committment to the arts has been inspiring to watch. The organization has put on several productions, giving new writers, actors and other background performers their first chance at a professional experience. The Starving Artist serves as a bridge for up-and-coming artists to the professional world and allows the audience the opportunity to see new performers on their way up!

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

being part of a production that entertains and informs audiences.

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

dedicated to their craft and to presenting the best work possible.

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

expand and do greater things, such as a writer's workshop for students.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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5 people found this review helpful

I have been to several performances by The Starving Artist Theatre and enjoyed them all. There is a tremendous amount of talent amongst the play writers, actors and staging. I would recommend The Starving Artist Theatre to anyone.

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

watching the performance.

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

the humor that is usually involved.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

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5 people found this review helpful

I've worked with the Starving Artist for the past 3 years, and every experience has been a great one. There are very few people as passionate about giving artists a voice and opportunity as Sage, and her work with the Starving Artist is evidence of that. The theater gives new writers a place to showcase their work, and actors just starting out a place to stretch, grow, and learn more about themselves as performers in a professional atmosphere. The theater's dedication to new writers and performers is such an important quality in the arts scene, and plays such a vital role in the development of that community.

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

the ability to perform with people who love theater as much as I do, and to do so while working on plays by brand new writers.

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

passionate, creative, and absolutely dedicated to the arts.

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

provide hundreds of theater artists a venue to explore and expand their talent.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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