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Fuse Theatre

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Cultural & Ethnic Awareness, Theater

Mission: FUSE Theatre collaborates with partnering organizations to create theatrical experiences that respect and celebrate social awareness and a spirit of community through three types of theatre practice - Stage Practice, Applied Theatre Practice and Civic Engagement Practice.

Target demographics: Community engagement by creating theatre that matters to you.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Dreamer Advocacy and awareness, Created a play with the Redwood City Docktown Community (being evicted from their waterbourne community), and presented puppetry and poetry workshops in libraries.

Geographic areas served: Redwood City and the greater San Francisco peninsula.

Programs: original and scripted theatre performances, theatre skills development for communities, and developing youth voices

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My 10-yo son, Maxwell, participated in Fuse's production of "Tomás and the Library Lady" in the Winter of 2018 as an understudy. It was his first experience acting anywhere other than his elementary school. He had a fantastic experience and can't wait to do it again. He really enjoyed working with the other actors, and specifically with the director, Stacey Ardelean. He learned so much! Stacey's commitment to bringing theatre to diverse communities is evident, and I look forward to our continued participation with Fuse.

JADANRUIZ

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Hello,
My name is J. Adán Ruiz and I played the characters of Florencio and Papa Grande in the beautiful musical of Tomas and the Library Lady. I am very happy with the experience and knowledge that Fuse Theatre had left in my career as an actor and as a human being.
I like how Fuse Theatre promotes multiculturalism, tolerance, social justice, and family values in our community.
When I was performing for Tomas and The Library Lady, I remember seeing those little faces in the audience looking at the show; they were having fun, and they were getting into the story so deeply. It means a lot to me when a theatre group captivates so much attention from young kids and takes them away from our daily craziness.
The work that Fuse theatre is doing its amazing and it really touches our hearts. I am thankful for having the opportunity to work with such a responsible, professional and kind group.

1 Ximena S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hello, I'm one of the leader of the Sequoia High School Dream Club. Stacey worked with us to create some performances for the Dream Club's annual dinner in the fall of 2016. It was the first time I ever worked with a devised theatre piece, so it was very challenging to help create the piece and perform it;however, i became was very happy with the way that Stacey was guiding us through the process. Thanks to her help we were able to create pieces that conveyed our club's message.
After the dinner, I applied and was accepted as an intern for a Leadership through Devised Theatre program with Fuse. Through this program I was able to participate in leadership and theatre training workshops that helped me learn more about how to create a devise theatre piece and improve my leadership skills.
At the end of the internship, I was able to guide my own group through the process and create a successful performance that would share with our community the hardships undocumented students face.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'm delighted by the work I've seen from Fuse Theatre. As a social justice activist who wants to hear privileged and underprivileged alike tell their stories in their own voice, I'm drawn to the way Fuse uses theatre arts to give voice to community members who wouldn't otherwise be heard.

This is community theatre at its best. When Fuse produced a play about the plight of Docktown residents facing eviction in Redwood City, actual Docktown residents portrayed themselves onstage alongside experienced actors. When the Sequoia High School DREAM Club presented Fuse-directed skits about the experiences of immigrant students, everyone in attendance felt solidarity with these great young people, and their struggle to be accepted as equal members of society with access to higher education and employment.

Fuse Theatre isn't about cultivating a culture of celebrityhood, where passive consumers sit in thrall of the "experts." It's an innovative and heartfelt program to restore the local practice of art as an everyday experience of celebration and healing. To me, Fuse represents a future that I want to live in.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As an audience member and supporter of Fuse Theatre, I appreciate the community involvement and social justice themes of each project. The stories that Fuse highlights, empower the young and the old and educates the larger community to a better understanding of the human spirit.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Fuse Theatre works within the local community to create and produce fine theater while serving a social justice goal. I have been so impressed by the quality of the productions and the insights I obtained by watching and reflecting on the shows. I loved the recent Docktown Play and look forward to the upcoming productions...

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am thrilled, and honored, to be part of Fuse Theatre. Not only the support and promotion of the arts in the area, but enabling those in the community to tell their stories in different ways, through different medium allowing them to reach multiple audiences. Stacey, through Fuse Theatre, has expanded my definition of drama and theatre to much more than just producing plays - using theatre for social justice and to expand the sense of community.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We at Docktown Marina in Redwood City are losing our Floating Homes/Vessels to a greedy City. Fuse has been so sensitive and warm to us. They really embraced and listened to our dramatic story. They greeted us with open arms and we did the same for them. Stacey and the crew and Lane the playwright are both downright amazing and awesome people. I love them all. They did a trial read of 3 scenes of our proposed play and we were All very Pleased with it. They really captured our spirit and story very well. I am honored to work with all of them.!! Thanks guys, you are terrific people.!! Thank you so much just for your work so far.!! And future work.!! I look forward very much to our play's final form.!!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As a board member, this theatre company is a labor of love for the founder. Stacey works very closely with students and the community to get stories that need to be told out to the public.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Fuse is an inspirational, new, enthusiastic community based theatre. Just what we need in the Bay Area.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Fuse is community based theatre at its finest - working in the community to give voice and expression to the citizens of Redwood City - doing a production on Docktown Marina. Help avoid displacement of veterans, elderly and the disabled. Save Docktown!