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May 26, 2011

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May 26, 2011

In our modern era of video games, tv, and electronics, kids don't have much exposure to live theatre, or even writing. ttyl, lol, g2g -- that's how kids write! What are punctuation, capitalization, grammar, and spelling? Idk. They don't know how to communicate face-to-face or show emotion without an emoticon. Challenging kids to write plays teaches them not only how to use the English language, but give them the experience of live theatre where they can see communication through tone and body language as well. Kids have important things to say, and the Young Playwrights Festival is helping them learn how to say it in a rewarding, safe environment.

I've been involved with YPF since it first started three years ago. Every year I come back because I believe in its purpose. When I read the play entries, write playwright bios, or step onto the stage, I keep the playwright's picture in my mind. I've been in the shoes of a young playwright. Anticipation and excitement build as the stage is set for their play, and once the last line is done, their mind is filled with wonder and a determination to write more. Doesn't every young writer dream of a chance to see their work published? I think it's so cool to see this opportunity for kids even as young as Kindergarteners to have their work not only published in a book, but performed for a live audience of family, friends, teachers, and even complete strangers who just have a passion for theatre. With groups like afO, the next generation of children are going to do something great.

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

Walking around after the performances of YPF I could see so many glowing little faces of young playwrights who probably thought they were in a dream. That is why I do this. Their expression as they see the play they wrote on paper performed with actors, set, costumes, and lights on a stage is something that can't be explained, you just have to see it. I love it when kids tell me afterwards that they are working on more pieces, that this experience has inspired them to write more.

Ways to make it better...

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

There isn't much I would change about the Young Playwrights Festival, except to get more people to come! I would love to see the entire auditorium packed for every performance.

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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?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Working as the administrative intern for YPF has taught me so many things and I feel extremely blessed to have had this experience. I've learned there is so much stuff that goes on behind the scenes of a play that I never knew even as an actress. It was awesome to try my hand at graphic design for programs and books, researching how to write press releases and contact media, organize registrations, and assist with the load-in and building of set. As a playwright, it has taught me more about the stage and it's possibilities, as a person it has given me more confidence in myself. I learned that even though I may only be 17, there is nothing that can hold you back if you try hard enough. And certainly, I learned that when we lean on God, miracles can happen.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

September 11, 2010

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September 11, 2010

I love afO. As a young person who enjoys all aspects of theater, I search out any and all opportunities to act or just be around the stage. I actually first encountered afO when I saw their production "Crime and Punishment" (which was probably the most heartbreaking and well-acted play I've seen in my short life), but I only really became involved when my director for summer Dramatics asked if I'd be interested in helping stage scripts from the Young Playwrights' Festival winners. I was. The one week I spent at the main library practicing was a great time and I learned a lot about acting, God's provision, and myself. The way we would pray before each practice was so encouraging and I could feel the love in every corner of that place. I wasn't really sure what to expect, but I enjoyed my time with afO and I hope they'll consider me for roles in the future, and maybe look favorably on the play I'm planning entering this year for YPF ;)

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

"Crime and Punishment"

Ways to make it better...

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

make it bigger! Give it a leg up so it can reach more people and touch more hearts.

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

being onstage with other young people who love the lord and want to show that through the talents He gave them.

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

loving. So very loving and understanding and sweet.

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

be too good for ME that's for sure! No, for real, it could do so much good impacting people's hearts and minds.

Ways to make it better...

I'd had longer to experience them! One week wasn't long enough to get a really good grip on things.

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

getting known in the community. Just being recognized as a legitimate theater company that's here to stay.

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

Mrs. H rocks my socks...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 4, 2010

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September 4, 2010

I have been interested in theater ever since I was a little girl, but when I first started out, I got discouraged because most of the productions I was involved in (with other companies) required me to do things that contradicted my values. But when I was fourteen, I auditioned for allforOne Productions' Character Counts program – and the rest is history! They cast me in a major role, and helped me develop my acting ability. A couple years later, they promoted me to the position of Director's assistant; at first I wasn't sure if I liked that idea, because I thought that acting was the only element of theater I would ever be involved in...not! Working side by side with a professional director opened up a whole new world to me. But the most incredible experience I've had with allforOne has been the Young Playwrights Festival (YPF). I've loved writing since middle school, but I had never shared my work with anyone before. I decided to enter a play my senior year, thinking that I wouldn't win but it would be a good idea just to try. To my astonishment, my play won first place in the 10-12 grade division! You can imagine the confidence boost that gave me; and ever since then, I have been using my writing skills more and more! Each May, the winning plays are staged by local professionals. There, I was able to see my own work come alive, and it was unbelievably encouraging and exciting to me - I would recommend YPF to any young writer, because it lets you visualize your own imagination and see how it plays out on stage. During YPF, I was also invited to direct the K-2 division winning play. I had never actually directed anything by myself, so I was really nervous. But it turned out so well that now I hope to direct many other shows in the future, because I discovered that I really enjoy it! allforOne, and the Young Playwrights Festival in particular, has really been the jumping-off point for me as an actor, writer, and director. Sharon Henderson and Lauren Nichols are my mentors, and they've helped me develop and pursue the talents, abilities, and dreams that God has given me. But most importantly, they share my values and my faith in Christ. I know that although working with allforOne will most certainly challenge me to achieve new levels in my personal theater journey, I will never be forced to do anything that goes against what I believe. I am deeply grateful and blessed to be a part of this professional, God-centered company.

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

my development as an actor/writer/director.

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

the relationship factor - I am incredibly blessed to have been (and continue to be) nurtured by the wonderful people in this organization.

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

professional, yet friendly and personable.

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

reach people worldwide!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 6, 2010

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August 6, 2010

For me All for One has been a delightful theater company work with. They hold them selves to a high standard of excellence and integrity. Being a faith based company they flesh out material that is thought provoking and insightful. At times they present timely issues that are controversial and other times they present family dramas that are inspiring. But everything they do has a thread of hope and a promise that things can be better, that God does hear. As an actor I have been challenged, inspired and prayed over by the group. I have performed in several All for One productions and I feel quite spoiled to work with such a talented and optimistic group artists. If you have not had the pleasure of experiencing an All for One presentation I entreat you to do so. This coming season is rich with drama, insight and comedy. Don’t miss out.

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

As both an actor, writer and audience member

Ways to make it better...

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

Fervently pray about it.

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

The spirit of the group, enthusiastic, creative and God centered.

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

Talented and very creative.

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

It could reach out more powerfully to the community.

Ways to make it better...

If we could draw a larger audience.

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

Getting the word out.

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

Fort Wayne is blessed to have such a delightful theater company as part of its arts community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 3, 2010

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August 3, 2010

I have helped All for One by taking headshots and pictures of their plays for a number of years now. I first got involved when one of my daughters was an actress in one of their plays. I can honestly say that I love attending the plays. The productions are professional from first to last. The acting is spectacular. The choice of plays make them family friendly. They vary in content from light comedy to thought provoking works. If you have not seen one of their plays, then you owe it to your self to do so.

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

helping them by taking pictures.

Ways to make it better...

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

I wish that they were more widely advertised so that a larger segment of the greater Fort Wayne public would attend their performances.

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

their professionalism.

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

wonderfully professional.

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

Advertise more and have their own theater location.

Ways to make it better...

more people knew about the plays.

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

greater attendence.

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

nothing else.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

July 30, 2010

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July 30, 2010

The number one thing you can say about All For One is their unwavering commitment to promoting their faith. But since this is a given, I want to go in a different direction. The thing that always blows me away about this organization is their dedication to high quality, they are disciplined, professional and amazingly proficient.

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

By volunteering. By watching their productions.

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

Their exuberance.

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

Outstanding.

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

Buy it's own facilities.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

July 29, 2010

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July 29, 2010

The thing I find amazing about AFO is the wide variety of productions. Not only do they produce full-length dramas for adults or families that are thought-provoking as well as entertaining, but they have programs specifically designed with children in mind. I have seen this working on both their Character Counts series, and their Young Playwrights Festival. Of all the many venues they use to impact Fort Wayne, the YPF is my personal favorite. I love to see the glowing faces of the beginning writers as their plays are produced for the first time.

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

the lives of young people changing.

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

the dedication showed by everyone. All members have the same overeaching goal of bringing glory to God and impacting the community.

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

expand to more programs and places to reach more people.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

July 27, 2010

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July 27, 2010

We attended our first AFO production a few years back. Then we continued to hear of the other programs they provided for schools in the area. This past spring my daughter was asked to be Stage Manager for the production of Crime & Punishment. So a new relationship formed other than just being a theater patron. The inner workings of this organization in preparation for a season of theater is what ultimately shows up on the stage in a production with talented actors, very knowledgeable and creative director and crew, even outside the theater doors with hospitality volunteers providing refreshments and an atmosphere to meet/greet and carry on discussions regarding the drama inside the theater, as well as the initial greeting of the ticket sales staff. From up front to the very back and behind the scenes this AFO organization is branded for excellence in serving God and His people with a rich theatre experience that changes lives.

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

new friendships, volunteer vouchers, first-class theatre experience

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

new friendships, vision/mission, first-class theatre experience

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

creative, hard-working, purposeful

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

pay it's staff. Expand it's marketing base to get more people aware of AFO and it's work. Then a they would need a bigger venue to showcase their productions. Maybe even taking it on the road. Host theatre classes/speakers.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

July 27, 2010

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July 27, 2010

all for One productions is an amazing group of people who desire to provide excellent theater, train up young writer's through the Young Playwrights workshops, and be a witness in the arts community. My daughter loves to craft stories and afO has been instrumental in developing that. I love theater and feel that afO provides excellence to our community.

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

their commitment to excellence. The Young Playwrights workshops and productions.

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

the variety of productions, the humbleness of the people involved.

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

Friendly, fun loving, helpful, professional

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

reach deeper into the arts community as a mission, it could reach more school children with programming about life, it could stretch it's legs and expand it's repertoire.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

July 27, 2010

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July 27, 2010

allforOne has an amazing commitment to tell inspiring stories. The organization genuinely cares about everyone that experiences the story - the actors, the audience, the technicians. It truly is a welcoming, family atmosphere - besides being great entertainment! I believe there is so much more in store for them to offer to the community.

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

Seeing their audiences grow.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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