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RENAISSANCE THEATRE INC
February 4, 2010

The theatre was founded in October of 1998 and I have been involved in keeping the non profit operating since that time acting as Artistic Director. WE have produced approximately ten productions a year on average since opening. We also produce "new" works by regional writers along with Broadway hits and musicals. We are located in a historical old mill building once used as store fronts and a basketball court upstairs, now turned into a theater with dressing rooms and storage. We lease this space and the rent has not changed since we moved opened.

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

Directing, set design, set dressing, costuming, lighting and other tech areas. Expanding to have two performance spaces. Working with other non profits to raise funds for their various causes.

Ways to make it better...

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

Put in an elevator to serve our clients with special needs who cannot negotiate the many steps. We have a fund and have been raising money for the past two years.

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

To see the growth of regional writers and actors, some who have never been on a stage. Also watching children develope their skills and grow in confidence.

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

All professional level or very willing to learn.

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

Expand to house educational facilities for both adults and children in the process of theater tech and performance. Add an elevator, upgrade the facility with better parking, lighting and curb appeal.

Ways to make it better...

We would have had more operating capital.

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

Ticket sales to cover operating costs.

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

Being involved in the operating level of a community theater can be an eye opening and human growth experience in dealing with many situations and other peoples needs.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Board Member & Founded Renaissance Theatre.

FANTASY PLAYHOUSE CHILDRENS THEATER
February 4, 2010

Fantasy Playhouse serves Huntsville and North Alabama in the arena of education and entertainment for children by involving them into the performing arts. Their productions incompass many adults in the volunteer positions of set building, costuming and other technical fields, while directors take over getting the blocking and script to performance level for the cast. Usually their productions have an overall "tour show" quality with much attention to detailing. Literally thousands of children have benifited from their relationship with Fantasy with more confidence and abilities to work as a team.

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

Seeing the results in helping developing new talent for our large community theater.

Ways to make it better...

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

Have them develope their own venue to produce their shows.

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

Seeing the visuals in set design and costuming.

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

Highly skilled and dedicated to their projects.

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

Probably build their own performance venue and share it with the other non-profits.

Ways to make it better...

It could have not been better.

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

To continue to raise funds to grow to meet the many demands on having enough space to accomodate Huntsville's growing population and therefore the increase in children interested in participating in their productions.

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

Their set up could be used as a template for other children's non profit theaters.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Former volunteer & TEchnical items with set finishing. Publicity.