Mission: Dragon’s mission is to produce professional theatre that is uncommon, intimate, and accessible to its audiences, artists, and community. The board of directors, led by Dale Albright, recently completed a year-long survey of the board, staff, artists, designers, a various community members to draft a new five- year strategic plan. The process clarified some unconscious choices that we’ve made in the past few years with our move from Palo Alto to Redwood City. Our new goal is to tackle the following:
The Bay Area is home to many theatre artists who are denied access to a breadth and depth of opportunities for expression and growth. Additionally, our diverse residents are in need of both community and unique experiences. At the intersection of these needs is the opportunity to build a shared exploration of the human experience through the particular power of theatre.
Actively expanding our artistic base
Inviting the community to engage with Dragon as a cultural hub
Employing various feedback mechanisms to inform the continuing conversation between artists and the community
Providing a platform for collaboration and mutual support
More artists express that their experience at Dragon results in clarity of vision, fulfillment of expression and increased opportunities
More audiences more often express a highlighted understanding of the human condition
Audiences and artists more often recommend Dragon as a place for community gathering and unique, effective storytelling
More facets of the community utilize Dragon as a hub
Values: Empathy, Boldness, Accessibility
Meta Change: A more compassionate community enlightened by valued, well rounded artists
Target demographics: bring live theatre to the community. Theatre is a maker of empathy thru the stories told and the experience shared.
Geographic areas served: downtown Redwood City
Programs: 6-8 plays a year. We also host the Monday Night Play Space series to allow local artists a venue to workshop new works, and the Dragon Late Night Series to continue the party in Redwood City and bring a new bath of live entertainment to downtown.
I enjoyed Airswimming on Saturday night. The theater was almost sold out. The quality of acting was superb. This two-woman show was engaging throughout and both actresses were absolutely excellent in their roles. I appreciate having access to a live performance in Redwood City.
Barrie and I have been attending plays put on by the Dragon for many years. It's been so long I can't recall how we first discovered it, but we've gone to a lot of plays over the years and the the Dragon with it's out there plays that capture how humans cope with all that life submits us to and/or provides us with stays at the top of our list. Their move to Redwood City a few years ago has made attending even more convenient, despite the crazy parking situation. My wife passed away this year so play going may lose some of its allure, but I'll continue to see what the Dragon offers and introduce my children to this pleasure as well. Court Skinner
I just saw an outstanding production of Airswimming at the Dragon Theater in Redwood City, CA. Superb acting and directing of a very well-crafted play that is moving, humorous, and very poignant. The set and production values were top-notch. What a special experience! And did I mention it was qui9te affordable?