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March 1, 2010

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March 1, 2010

Since the very first production, Tennessee Women's Theater Project (TWTP) has exceeded all expectations. From the choice of plays, the casting, direction and all production values - the company continues to produce gem after gem. What also continues to stand out is that the talented, committed people TWTP brings to the table - actors, technicians, designers and volunteers, all understand and are proud to embrace and advance the TWTP mission "giving voice to women through theater arts." Also worth mentioning is the annual rite of spring entitled "Women's Work." For three weeks, TWTP offers a stage and an audience to artists of every genre - drama, music, dance, poetry, visual arts... Every performance is different, and the $40 Women's Work Festival Pass would be a bargain at twice the price. Finally, I think the founder of TWTP, Maryanna Clarke deserves special recognition for her social consciousness and for her commitment to making live theater an experience everyone can enjoy. TWTP is exceedingly generous with the community, providing inumerable complimentary tickets to underserved segments of community.

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

the number of individuals who have experienced "live" theater for the first time in their lives.

Ways to make it better...

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

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

that the commitment of the founder, Maryanna Clarke and her husband Chris. Passionate, compassionate, dedicated and generous - their commitment to the mission is infectious.

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

gifted, creative and giving people who believe in the mission of TWTP.

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

change the world!

Ways to make it better...

the audience had been larger. Actors and audiences work hand in hand. It has been painful to see such talented folks work so hard for so few audience members.

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

getting Nashville audiences to have the courage to attend a performance and experience a production other than a touring show or Broadway musical.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 1, 2010

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March 1, 2010

The first time I worked with TWTP was about two years ago, as a member of the run crew. When I met them, I realized that Maryanna and Chris were good honest people pursuing a mission that they believed in: not only to create more opportunities for women in theatre both onstage and off, but to do so through quality productions that most people in there area have not heard of. While the plays they choose have at least as many women as men, the plays themselves aren't focused strictly on women's issues, but rather address issues that appeal to everyone. As long as I've been involved with them, TWTP has created high quality productions and I've enjoyed being able to play my part.

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

The people I've met and the new plays I've been introduced to.

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

Kind, honest, hardworking people.

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

buy it's own theatre space and afford to put on productions with bigger casts.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 28, 2010

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February 28, 2010

I do not give five stars lightly. TWTP's work is among the best in Nashville. I never miss a show because I know that I will be challenged, delighted, entertained and always intrigued. With limited resources, they take on issues that are germane to life in today's world. Courageous is the word that comes to mind. I look forward to the day that their theater is filled with an appreciative audience. They tackle relationships, disparity in income for the people who do much of the work in our society, the problems of growing up in America...the list goes on. I would like every CEO in Nashville to attend this theater. I would like every man in Nashville to attend this theater. They are doing more for the awareness of Women as second class citizens than all the sociology Phd's you can gather on a Saturday night. Thank you to Maryanna and Chris Clarke for living their dream and inviting us to join them in it. Robert Kiefer

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

working with them as a technician, and enjoying t he role of audience member.

Ways to make it better...

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

give them a large grant.

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

the quality of the theater they produce.

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

fabulous.

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

pay everybody a living wage.

Ways to make it better...

more people attended.

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

having to perform in the Looby Theater.

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

onward through the fog.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 28, 2010

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February 28, 2010

I have supported TWTP for several years now, thru audience participation & donations. I donate my hard-earned money to this non-profit because they are worth it! Their high-quality plays are quite entertaining & Maryanna Clarke's creative ideas add a sense of delight & anticipation to attending the shows. I always try to make it a priority to see each production when I'm in town, and look forward to her emails to see what's playing next. The plays AND the actors are great!

Ways to make it better...

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

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

it's liveliness. It's creativity! The expressiveness.

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

Promote it's great mission! And turn others on to it's wonderful ideas.

Ways to make it better...

More people knew about the TWTP & attended!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 28, 2010

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February 28, 2010

I have been part of the TWTP through audience participation over the last several years. I have been impressed with the high quality of the works presented and with the commitment to providing a voice for women in the world of theater. The three programs that were outstanding to me were "Kingfisher Days" - truly a magical performance, the staged reading of "A View from Tall" - unfortunately only seen for one evening, but what an evening, and the incredible one woman show that depicted the experience of the Little Rock Nine. Maryanna Clarke is providing something no other group in Tennessee or even nationally is doing. Thanks to her and all the hard work of others to bring this quality and affordable theater to the Middle Tennessee area.

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

seeing their professionally-staged and challenging productions.

Ways to make it better...

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

Help them find a larger audience and more donors.

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

focus on women's voice.

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

welcoming and informed.

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

change the world!!

Ways to make it better...

the audiences had been bigger.

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

financial.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 27, 2010

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February 27, 2010

I have had the honor of being part of their productions and the thrill of being part of the audience and I can honestly say the shows they put up are some of the best I've ever seen and been a part of. This company's heart and soul is a living entity that is part of the experience in the theater during the performances. Maryanna's mission to present the highest quality of work that features "real" women is always presented successfully. She is great at selecting pieces with this in mind and an incredibly gifted director - not to mention, supportive, clear and so much fun to work with.

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Warriors Don't Cry was so beautifully acted and staged. I was fortunate to be in the audience on a night that individuals who lived through the desegregation of schools shared their experience - it was incredibly moving to say the least.

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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?

2009

February 27, 2010

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February 27, 2010

This play was so well done! Seven of us who saw it together and have little experience with which to identify with soccer moms thoroughly enjoyed it.

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

several theatre productions and have been impressed with both the quality and thought provoking topics.

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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

February 27, 2010

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February 27, 2010

I had heard a lot about Tennessee Women's Theatre Project and really admired their message, and was ecstatic when I was finally given the chance to work with them. This company is Maryanna's baby, and she has put so much of her time and love into making it as great as it can be. They are the only company in Nashville focused on giving women more opportunities to perform and play real, strong female characters. They are also one of the few companies in Nashville that is willing to produce premiere productions. It has been incredibly informative and empowering to work with this company.

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

getting to work on new material with a group of women who love and care about the arts in Nashville.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 27, 2010

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February 27, 2010

You can always expect relevant, insightful projects and delightful productions from this Great*Nonprofit! Another wonderful Tennessee Treasure. (and you still have time to see the current offering... "Secrets of a Soccer Mom") My cheeks still hurt from the laughter.

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

theatre that is affordable for most!

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

enthusiastic about their work.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 27, 2010

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February 27, 2010

I attended my my first Tennessee Women's Theater Project production about two years ago. I have attended nearly every one of their shows ever since then. I am always very impressed with the quality of their productions. Although scenery and props are minimal, the actors that work their stage are absolutely wonderful and the direction is near perfect. After meeting the people who put it all together, I decided I wanted to be part of the Project and volunteered to help with publicity. I have become a fan of local theater due directly to my experiences with the TWTP and try to support other local groups whenever I can.

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

being made to feel I have made a valuable contribution to the organization.

Ways to make it better...

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

...try to seek advice on how to increase revenue.

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

sharing the theater experience with friends. We always try to get up a group for dinner and a show on a weekend that the TWTP has a show scheduled. Best of all, it does not cost all that much !!

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

talented, enthusiastic, welcoming, generous with their time, willing to take risks with their art and in need of financial support.

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

afford better publicity, build or lease a modern theater, foster the development of woman writer, actors, directors and stage craft staff (managers, lighting, sound, etc.).

Ways to make it better...

more people in the community came to enjoy the shows.

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

gaining community support and increasing audience size.

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

Maryanna and Chris Clark have a wonderful vision.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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