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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

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 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

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

I worked on a play with Maryanna and Chris and was amazed at the amount of heart and soul the two of them put into this theater company. They both are totally committed to excellence and are willing to work as much and as hard as it takes. I hope they will attract more volunteers over the years to help their fabulous cause. It's a lot of pressure for just the two of them. I was a bit overwhelmed at times with the amount of work involved and Maryanna was cool and calm and focused and the show went on without a hitch. They produce professional interesting shows and many times offer premieres to the Nashville community- which not many theater companies in town are willing to risk. I had a very positive learning experience from being involved with this company and hope to work with them again in the future.

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

the interesting shows they choose.

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

so committed to the cause.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 25, 2010

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February 25, 2010

I have seen many of their shows and acted in two plays and a Women's Work performance. They not only have artistic integrity, they treat all artists and their audiences with respect. TWTP is dedicated to their vision for theatre and women in the arts.

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

Working with them as an actor.

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

Dedication, artistic integrity, the artistic team

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

Great people!!

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

Do amazing work!!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 23, 2010

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February 23, 2010

TWTP is serving this community in ways that no other theatre company in middle Tennessee is. Their focus on women playwrights and strong women characters is what makes this theatre so special and so needed. Maryanna Clarke, who is at the helm of the company, along with her dedicated husband, Chris Clarke, have given their sweat, blood and tears to keep this company and their mission forging ahead. Part of their deep dedication is evidenced in a competitive wage for their actors along with offering affordable ticket prices and giving back to the community by offering discounted or free tickets to underprivileged women who wouldn't normally go to the theatre. What they have done in the past 5 years is nothing short of amazing.

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

attending the performances and hearing the audience's positive reaction to the stories and the storytellers.

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

working with them as an actor and getting to know Maryanna and Chris who are wonderful people and theatre artists.

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

great! A theatre company relies on volunteers and freelance artists that are dedicated to the mission of the company and creating a great piece of art, TWTP is no exception.

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

oh my gosh! Buy a space, have salaried positions, have longer runs, employ more artists and crew, expand their season, start other outreach or education programs, use more technology to reach a wider audience...so many things!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 14, 2010

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February 14, 2010

I have worked with the TWTP since it's first production in 2005. Having worked both onstage and backstage I can honestly say that my experience with them each and every time had been fantastic. Maryanna Clarke has an incredible eye for material that is new and exciting to produce and she brings together some of the strongest ensembles I have had the pleasure of working with. I have been a professional in the field for more than 20 years and worked with many different organizations and, in my experience, the TWTP continually brings some of the highest quality, professionally produced shows to Middle TN.

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

all their productions.

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

the high quality of the work

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

kind, giving and fantastic

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

make theater available to more people who may n ot be able to afford it.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 10, 2010

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February 10, 2010

Tennessee Women's Theatre Project, under the artistic direction of Maryanna Clarke, is as fine a theatre company as the US has produced in many a decade. Featuring the voices of women, TWTP produces excellent, thought-provoking, authentic theatre that feeds the soul and sparks the imagination.

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

having an excellent production of my work presented there.

Ways to make it better...

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

see them brimming with funding.

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

the artistic director's open hearted approach.

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

exemplary.

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

save the world.

Ways to make it better...

I had been given chocolates and wine.

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

the economic climate.

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

they're stellar.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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