The plays I have seen, including the most recent one, A Mighty Fortress, have been of very excellent quality. The actors are very talented and work really hard to connect with the audience. Jadon Moore's portrayal of Martin Luther was inspiring and really drew me into the story. I really love the way the entire production company has as its goal to bring quality, family-friendly theater to our community, and to honor God in everything they do. I highly recommend all-for-One!
Onstage and off, the relationship makes the difference at all for One productions. Whether it's lighter family entertainment or hard hitting drama, exploring authentic relationships is key in all their presentations. This concern for authenticity is true offstage too, where cast and crew uniquely bond and encourage one another, not only in their work but also in their personal lives. afO provides a safe environment for local artists to grow in their craft as well as a place to grow in community.
all for One productions is a beacon in our local cultural landscape. While always entertaining, their theatrical presentations are also consistently thought-provoking. Whether light-hearted or more dramatic, each selection illuminates human struggles and triumphs in a distinctive way. Bottom line: all for One represents integrity, both artistically and in the messages they convey to their audiences. The casts/crews and audiences are moved and changed by the work afO presents; it isn't "business as usual" community theater.
All for One is both thoroughly professional and thoroughly Christian. Their rehearsals are run well and they treat both actors and patrons with love and respect. They are enjoyable to watch and enjoyable to work with!
All For One has become an important part of our family. Our family includes theater enthusiasts and aspiring actors, writers and directors! All For One has provided excellent opportunities for each of these. From the Young Playwrights, to acting opportunities, to apprenticeships, to great shows! We count it a privilege to be part of this group. Thank you for fostering my son's love for theater and giving him a positive environment to spread his wings!
As an actor, director and theatre enthusiast, I am impressed by afO's dedication to producing original plays and creating an amazing experience for both the artists AND audience. It has been an honor to work with them as an artist. It is thrilling to see and hear the buzz in the lobby after each show as the audience is inspired by the theatre arts.
I have had multiple wonderful experiences with All For One. Unlike other theatre company's I've been involved with, there are never any big egos to deal with. They strive to create a group that acts more like extended family than people competing for recognition. Truly a family friendly organization that presents thought provoking and high quality theatre!
Review from Guidestar
I'm in my thirteenth year serving on the board of directors for all for One productions. I've seen the organization develop from a theater company scrounging high school stages to perform on to a multi-faceted, faith-based theater ministry that produces a full season of quality community theater shows, hosts Northeast Indiana's only K-12 annual Young Playwrights Festival, and mentors the next generation of believer artists through a program called Faces of the Future. Keep an eye on all for One. It's going places.
As of this writing I am the newest board member of afO. Having attended and participated in two board meetings and one weekend retreat, the board appears to demonstrate a very appropriate balance of oversight between near term opportunities and obligations versus longer term strategic planning. Further, the artistic vision of afO Homestage Productions is top notch, being well-planned and knowledgeable of resources, both physical resources and talent. It seems likely strategic board planning and oversight as well as the artistic vision of Homestage Productions will contribute to the established longevity of afO.
After attending a handful of allforOne productions in their early years of presence in our community, my husband and I began volunteering regularly as ushers throughout each theatrical season. As a professional educator whose passion is stoked by seeing growth, it has been exciting to see the growth of afO in terms of audience.
With every passing production, the numbers and variety of people who pass through the venue doors is like an ever-widening circle after a pebble is dropped in a pond. When we first began volunteering, we recognized many in the audience as "church people" that we knew. We also discovered that many people were attending their first afO production; indeed, there were many people in our circles of influence who had never heard of the company. Now, for any given play, we notice that there are large numbers of tickets from season ticket holders, people from throughout our community who have discovered the organization and are so certain that they will be treated to a whole season of quality theater, that they happily commit themselves in advance for the entire season. Each time we volunteer, we notice a wider variety of attendees--people we see at other arts events, students, families. It appears that the word is getting out in our community that an afO production is the place to be!
An afO production is one event I know I can confidently invite a friend to attend, knowing they will experience something worthwhile--entertainment, inspiration, intellectual stimulation, and emotional connection. It is a pleasure and honor to be affiliated with this group.
I have been involved in theatre for over 26 years. My degree is in theatre and I worked in the professional world for about 10 years. I have performed in all kinds of venues and had all kinds of experiences in theatre, I have to say that all for One is something completely different.
I have never been a part of an organization that , top to bottom, cares about the actors, the audience and the staff as much as they do. If you are in a show you are pushed to be better than you thought you could be. The directors push you and yet are patient and willing to take the time to teach you and help you find a depth you didn't know you could reach. They also allow an actor to play and create a lot of the character on your own. That is a big plus when a lot of directors are strict with their vision and stifle an actor.
I believe in what they do and joined their staff in 2012 as their Technical Director. From that side of things, I was blown away at the unflinching willingness of people to lend a hand whenever one was needed. Set, props, costumes, everyone works together so well toward the finished product. Even the actors take their extra time to help build or sew or paint. In most places, you don't see the actors getting involved unless they have to.
On top of all this, the directors, staff, and actors all take the time to really learn about you and what you have going on in your life. It's not just a "How ya doin?" kind of thing, they truly care and will sit down and talk with you, pray with you help you if it's needed.
All of us on the staff are volunteer. We don't get paid a penny but we give a big chunk of our lives to all for One because we believe in what it offers and are proud to be a part of it.
From the moment you walk in the door, whether you are cast, crew, or patron, you feel welcome!
Each volunteer, from the ticket taker to refreshment server, works to create a fun, uplifting environment.
All for One's plays are truthful and relevant, crafted under directors whose passion and attention to detail shines through every performance and every part.
Patrons who linger after each show have access to the cast and directors. Even AFO senior staff members are on hand to greet guests and build connections that further the arts community.
In sort, All for One knows how to entertain!
I have been familiar with AFO for 3-4 years now and the people that volunteer for this organization are seriously a cut above! Their productions are unique, interesting and fun! I appreciate their heart and commitment to the Arts in the community!
I came to afO as an actor because I loved the play; I stayed as a costumer, prop-maker, set worker, dresser, and all around gofer because of the people. Not only are the plays top notch, but the people are wonderful to work with. When you see a play put on by this group, you not only know that it was well-researched, professionally directed, and acted with integrity but also that everyone in the cast had a great time!
I have directed nearly 30 full-length productions for afO. One of the things which stands out to me is the great kindness that our casts and crews demonstrate to one another. I have seen seasoned actors encouraging greenhorns, adults taking child actors under their wing, and generally an esprit de corps which is consistent and which makes working with afO sheer joy. I am also so impressed with the dedication of actors to making each production the best it can be by their investment of personal time: doing outside reading, research, memorization and practicing skills such as accents. Three members of the most recent cast spent untold hours mastering a convincing Polish accent. All this without shows of temper or ego, but with a genuine desire to create something special.
As an actor and director in the city, I have attended numerous afO productions. I've also directed and acted on the afO stage. I have found this company to be a rare exception in the arts. It is an organization that values artistic excellence and also individual people who hold the image of God. I highly recommend any afO show. They have integrity from the seats to the backstage!
We enjoyed Friday night's performance of The Little Princess.
The young and the experienced actors and actresses did a remarkable job with their lines and accents.
I know that there was some difficulty hearing the soft spoken young people.
I hope that there can be some discussion about up dating the sound system.
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.
It is such a delight to bring our nursing home clients to your productions because we know they will not see anything offensive, or hear God's name used in vain. Your plays are thought-provoking, professionally staged and the performances superb. I have been involved in radio and television production most of my career and enjoy live theater very much. At one point in time, I wrote and directed promtional ads for the Civic Theater, so I know good production values when I see them. Yours are the best!!! God bless you for honoring Him.
The plays are very captivating. The adult performance plays are not just entertaining, but also thoughtful, leaving you with conversation afterwards. The student performances are so professional and the kids really seam to enjoy themselves. I especially enjoyed the young playwrite's festival. We will be attending again this year!
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 ;)
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.
I have enjoyed the Afo team of artists that share their love of the craft in a professional and enjoyable way. For a team made up of volunteers that put together beautiful theatrical works of art. It is awesome to see that they take the arts seriously and use their gifts to share history and thought through the theatre arts. Every piece that I have come away from has made an impact of my thought processes. I am thankful for this team of artist and that they are serious about doing theatre for the love of the craft and the positive impact that the artst have on their community.
Each production I have seen has been quality all the way from the time you enter until the time you leave. The venue (Allen County Library auditorium) is comfortable and enjoyable. My daughter has been and will be involved with Young Playwrights and it has been an encouraging, growing and fun experience for her.
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.
A great director really knows the script and knows how to read between the text. Sam Ward is such a director. I had the opportuinity to be cast not once but twice as Juliette in "I Have Before Me A Remarkable Document Given To Me By A Young Lady From Rwanda". I was fortunate to work with Sam because he knew the play so well and helped me to learn it too. Sam and Sharon Henderson gave me the chance to shape my character into a fleshed-out human being with hopes, dreams and deep emotions. I had a wonderful time working with Sam and the rest of the crew for my first play with allforOne productions. Sam had a very interesting show technically as well. When I played the role the second time, it was not as technically sound aas Sam's. These are comments from other people. For instance, the lighting was too dark in some places where the actors' faces were in shadow and the ending of the play was misunderstood by the director who changed the ending when Juliette throws the paper on the floor. Juliette really comes into her own by the play's end and for Lauren to take this out was an oversight. I had a great time showing who Juliette is to all those who came to see the play. Kudos to allforOne for bringing it back a second time. allforOne is an important voice in the Ft. Wayne community.
All for One performs an important function in our community in providing dramatic productions with uplifting themes. Plays with historical content like the life of John Adams have been especially enjoyable and uplifting. They reach out to the general public but also have a creative impact on school children through plays and other related activities in the schools appropriate for that age level. I know the leaders personally and know them to be people of the highest integrity in all aspects of their work.
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.
Every production I have attended has left me awed by their professionalism and entertainment quality. One thinks about their dramas for days after. Wonderful works performed by amazing actors!
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.
Our family has been blessed to have performed in a high quality, moving and unique production with fellow actors of personal depth and character. All for One also sponsors an annual Young Playwright contest in which we have participated. The prizes are motivational, and the recognition of the writing students is done in such a professional, realistic and authentic manner. The kids get the sense they are truly doing something big when putting their thoughts on paper and watching them come to life on stage. Each story is performed 'all out' as if a pro wrote it. Our kids have glowed as a result of the program and are literally constantly seeing ideas for a play now. This is very much an educational organization. They teach children to write. Then they allow them to see and critique their plays. They also educate the public by performing plays with depth and thought provoking historical content. Their work in the schools is for the purpose of teaching students how to deal with real life crises. Great Organization. I've convinced myself to support them financially.
We have been attending All for One plays for many years. Their plays are always thought provoking, professionally done and acceptable to all audiences. I like the variety of plays they perform. Some make you laugh, some make you cry, some make you think. Much thought goes into the material they choose. We are blessed to have such an organization in Fort Wayne, IN.
All for One Productions is a tremendous organization. They bring culture to the community while making it relevant to people unfamiliar with stage plays. Much of their work is written locally. The group has worked together so much that they are a very cohesive group which is very adept at what they do. Their plays are always very enjoyable.
The production I saw was incredibly moving and an important piece of theatre. It was brilliantly produced with heart-wrenching performances by both actors. I left the theatre deeply affected for weeks afterward.
I was there at the beginning and have supported them with prayer ever since. They are marvelous with there message and the plays are well acted
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.
How refreshing to have a venue of entertainment that shares my values! My husband and I have greatly enjoyed the plays performed by afo and have even introduced my kids to theater through their productions. This is an amzing group of idividuals working together to entertain and spread the love of Christ through theatre.
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.
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.
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.
I was invited by a friend and I was glad I did. I always enjoyed acting and I did not know that there is a theater group in town. It brought back memories. The production was fantastic.
I only recently learned about All For One Productions, and attended two of their recent plays, both of which were excellent. Small casts telling large stories. And the venue is simply great.
afO is a great nonprofit because they have a commitment to family oriented theatre. Their work has gone into the public schools with their character education programs and they continue to produce theatre pieces that matter.
My experience with AfO was excellent. I was invited by one of the cast to the first production and then I won tickets that were mailed to me for the second. Both performances were high quality and I thouroughly enjoyed and personally gained from the experience. I felt welcomed and also received a personal invitation to the Meet and Greet which I thought was an awesome way to build and encourage community. I look forward to attending shows in the future and if time allows would love to get more involved.
I was invited by one of the actors in a two-person play with a very long title which I may not get totally correct, "I hold before me a letter from a young woman from Rwanda." The performance was totally captivating, moving, entertaining, inspiring. One the charming stage at the Library was some of the bet acting I've seen in this town in 15 years. What a refreshing surprise. The play was brought back the following year and I told many friends about it, some of whom attended. I felt badly for those who did not attend - what a treasured performance they missed. I attended the second year's performance and was still enthralled by the play and the production company. I've attended other productions by "all for One" and they were inspired plays and performers. This company needs more publicity and reviews published so they can be more visible in our community. Advertising takes money and if they had it there would be no limits to what they could accomplish on Fort Wayne's stages. I highly recommend the general public to attend this company's performances!
All for One is a one-of-a-kind, professional-quality faith-based theater company in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Their home stage is in the main Allen County Public Library in downtown Fort Wayne. The shows they choose to perform are always the highest caliber, both in content and performance quality, and hit on a variety of relevant and important issues. Therefore I have felt confident inviting friends and family, Christian and non-Christian, because everyone can glean something thought-provoking from their performances. Recently I have seen "Crime and Punishment" and "American Primitive" about the life of John Adams, and was involved in an All for One original production, "A Sentimental Journey" about a radio program during the D-Day events. My hope is that a larger part of the region can find out about All for One, because they may want to be involved, and should take time to see the productions of this theater company which I believe produces the highest quality work in the Fort Wayne area.
allforOne Productions feeds my soul. The plays which they choose are always filled with hope and inspiration. Theater should not only entertain and inform but also uplift especially during this economic downturn. I am never disappointed. In addition, the plays allforOne chooses to produce promote and reinforce patriotic values, appreciation of family, steadfastness of purpose, and all those other vlues that seem to be missing from the general entertainment lists. It is exciting to know that when I attend a play with this company that it will be one not only of value but also a script that has not been produced or rarely produced in this area. In addition, the company takes risks--although very solid and wonderful risks--by producing new scripts by Indiana playwrights. This is a considerable feat because there are only two or three theaters in the state which are dedicated to developmental theater. It is a risk because Indiana patrons are not acustomed to seeing scripts 'not quite there' and not acustomed to supporting the work of a playwright as s/he attempts to perfect a script. In addition, this great company pays attention to young artists and has a fine program for the youth of the area. It sponsors a seminar to interested youth K-12 who have the interest in learning how to write a play. I could not enthusiastically support allforOne if the quality was not outstanding. This company is worthy of support because of values, their developmental program for emerging playwrights, and for their youth programs.
I had the honor of directing the live theatre production of "I have before me a remarkable document given to me by a young lady from Rwanda". It was a small two person show with an equally small tech crew of 6, but the impact on the group and our community was huge. The show told the story of a woman who survived the Rwandan genocide in the '90s and was able to share her experience so it would not happen again and in the process gained new friends and found some of her family. Telling this story helped us bring this issue to light in our community and how we can reach out to refugees in Fort Wayne. I found all-for-One Productions to be an excellent non profit organization that has really worked to focus their mission and effectiveness in producing quality theatre with a positive message.