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Landing Theatre Company

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Education, Theater, Undergraduate Colleges

Mission: The Landing Theatre Company is dedicated to advancing American Theatre through the cultivation of extraordinary American playwriting and presenting American works that have significant artistic worth to our community, our culture and our history.

Target demographics: American playwrights and local theatre artists

Direct beneficiaries per year: We reach two main groups through our work: Local Theatre Artists and American playwrights. For Local Theatre Artists we’re known for inclusion, and telling stories that reflect the broad spectrum of American life. We are not about one group’s identity or one kind of theatre, but the collective impact of storytelling that expands our definition of ourselves as an eclectic community. When we talk about American, we mean America the way it actually looks. And we often choose challenging work that gives our audiences meaningful experiences that linger with them. For playwrights we try to provide as many opportunities to help them develop and showcase their work as we can, because we believe that plays are the central foundation for all storytelling in the theatre, and there can never be too many programs to help playwrights develop their work. But we are not simply facilitating these plays, but actively looking to share with our community what's next in American Theatre.

Geographic areas served: Houston, Texas

Programs: Focused exclusively on American playwriting, the Landing produces a season of 3-4 plays a year. Since 2010, The Landing Theatre Company has helped develop 23 new plays, while producing 17 full productions, including 6 world premieres and 12 original short plays, employed over 800 artists, and received 21 nominations for awards, winning 5 of them. * The Landing annually hosts the New American Voices Play Reading Series, which showcases four new plays chosen from blind submissions by American playwrights. Selected playwrights have come from all across America, including Austin TX, Chicago IL, Brooklyn NY, Santa Barbara CA, Honolulu, HI Indianapolis IN, Portland OR, Boston MA, Philadelphia PA, Alexandria VA, New York NY, Hollywood CA, Northampton MA, Seattle WA, Washington DC, Astoria NY, Minneapolis MN, Madison WI, and Bronx NY. * We’ve created Landing Local: New Works Initiative to provide programs that will benefit the local playwriting community. These programs have included Micro Theatre projects for locally written new plays in site-specific environments, and a Developmental Reading Series, which features readings of top plays by local playwrights. * The company has also provided an internship program, which to date has provided hand-on opportunities for 21 university students and 5 high school students, from Houston, Austin, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Utah and Louisiana.

Community Stories

27 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Advisor

Rating: 5

There isn't another professional company in Houston dedicated to producing high-quality, diverse American stories. Their work is instrumental in amplifying new American voices and curating truly representative American experiences on stage.

Advisor

Rating: 5

I have worked with David Rainey for years and watched as he built this company up through force of will, blood, sweat, and tears. That ethic and attitude shows up in their work. Landing is an exciting, vibrant producer of meaningful theatre and spark for dialogue. I am honored to serve as an advisory board member to Landing Theatre Co.

Addie P.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

What a great theatre to be working for! This small but dedicated theatre company is pushing for great work each and every performance. I find myself motivated to continue making my work better and better to match the determination of this company and I really enjoy the challenges they offer. They are a great group of people who want to make good theatre and no one is going to stop them on their mission!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Landing Theatre Company is a dedicated community of people who truly understand the importance of art and story. I was fortunate to have a reading here where I worked with a wonderful cast and director, Stephen Miranda, for my play The American Dream. The feedback with the audience was honest and insightful. It is exactly what a writer needs to improve their work. David Rainey is a great support and shares priceless knowledge on theatre. New to Houston myself, Stevie Michelle welcomed me, supplying rich advice. I don't know when, but this New Yorker will be back. Thank you, Landing.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

The Landing Theatre Company played host to me and three other playwrights from across the country in their original reading series last spring. The team from the theater was kind, well organized, welcoming, and professional in presenting our work, and also gave us a great Texas welcome. It was a pleasure working with them, meeting likeminded artists, and participating in the discussions that our plays inspired.

Brendan B.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Landing Theatre commissioned me, along with another local playwright, to create site-specific work that celebrates the city I live in and local artistry at the same time. It was a thrilling experience, and one that's unique among all the artistic opportunities I've ever received. It's one of many things the Landing has done that demonstrates its dedication to serving and enriching its community.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was brought on to write a play for the micro-theatre project, Within These Walls. It was a new experience for practically everyone involved. The sheer amount of variables involved meant it should have been a playground for Murphy's Law. But it wasn't. It was a playground for us, as artists, to create something new and interesting and challenging for the Houston theatre community. I loved it and would vouch for this company any day. They are dedicated, talented, and passionate professionals.

Jill Rowlands M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have admired the incredible and versatile talent of David Rainey for nearly two decades, from his riveting dramatic performances at the Alley Theatre to directing award winning productions with the Back Porch Players and then venturing into his own company with The Landing Theatre.
Every production by The Landing Theatre Company offers incredible performances by serious professionals in plays that includes serious discussions about social impact from Darfur, a play about genocide to mental health issues in Houston by a local writer in Between Two Caves which is currently being performed now.
The expertise and talent that Landing Theatre attracts is impressive. The dedication to the mission of the company has continued to be strong as the public becomes more aware of continuing quality of performances, the impact of the selections and the overall quality and creativity of productions like Exit 27 which was produced at the University of Houston and the two concurrent productions at a unique location in Houston.
If you want to be moved by social issues, Landing Theatre will never disappoint you. Plus, they have a whimsical way to make you smile with the characters in brief moments of uplift with each production.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Landing Theatre has an incredibly skilled core of artists who produce socially relevant plays and educational programs. The artistic Director, David Rainey is a highly disciplined director and multi-talented artist who is not only capable of incredible performances in difficult roles, he is able to bring out the best performances of other actors and students. He inspires them to excel beyond their own perceived capacity and produce award winning performances. Proof of his exceptional inspiration can be seen in "In Darfur" an intense production about genocide in 2017 and "In The Blood" a diatribe about the reality of street violence which he directed for The Back Porch Players in 2011. Every production by Landing There under David Rainey's masterful guidance brings an uncomfortable subject and awareness to an audience who wants more than just entertainment, they want lessons in life that shakes their core emotions and helps generate discussions about the failures of society to serve humanity.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was honored to be invited to be a part of the New American Voices Playwright Series last year-- everything was incredibly organized and welcoming, the director and cast for my play were all amazing and the feedback from the guests was priceless and helped me to revise the piece with stronger intentions. I very much enjoyed the process and appreciated the opportunity they gave to the four of us playwrights to grow our new works.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Landing Theatre Company included The Forbidden Fruits of Honey Frost
in their 2018 New American Voices Play Reading Series, and I’m still levitating from the marvelous time I had meeting all the playwrights, directors, actors and audience members. Attending all four readings and getting to know David Rainey, Stevie Aycock and the other playwrights on a personal level deepened and enriched the entire experience! I was thrilled that Troy Scheid was chosen as my director. She cast a brilliant group of actors who were brave and imaginative collaborators! Troy’s directorial vision of the play translated itself to the actors in ways I hardly dared to imagine. In fact, I thought our brief rehearsal culminated in a staged reading that often possessed an intensity as alive as a full production! 
So I'm very grateful for the privilege of witnessing The Forbidden Fruits of Honey Frost spring to vivid life, and for the great swell of optimism I’m starting to feel for the destiny of the play. I must add that I’ve been so honored and delighted to witness the evolution of The Landing Theatre Company with its bold mission, its generous hospitality, and devoted audience. What a great blessing to the American Theatre that The Landing Theatre Company serves new American plays at an early stage of their development. They’re enabling fresh, unprecedented plays to be heard, plays that contribute at every level of their growth to the language and culture of their times!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful experience now on two occasions. Highly recommend checking this theatre out for stories which are quite different from the norm. You will be met and greeted very warmly and made to feel incredibly welcome.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Landing Theatre Company is a little theater with a BIG heart! My play, Under This Roof, was chosen as part of their 2017 New American Voices series. I was welcomed with a fully professional team that breathed life into my story. I got to experience my play as a living breathing entity through the excellent acting. I'm so grateful to Landing Theatre for giving me this gift ,and opening the experience up to their patrons. A big shout out to Landing Theatre for their commitment to the development of new American works!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As theatre patron, I have greatly enjoyed my audience experiences at The Landing Theatre Company. I appreciate their mission and feel that I am a better human being after seeing the shows they choose to produce. As a working theatre artist always looking for good material for my arts organization, I have found new material and worthy playwrights through their work. I think they are among Houston's best! In my personal dealings with Artistic Director David Rainey and all their staff, I have been struck by their compassion, kindness and unique view of the world.

Anne P.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Landing Theatre does readings and productions of old and new plays. Their work with new plays and emerging playwrights is crucial for the health of the theatre.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Landing Theatre Company actively seeks different, under-represented voices in their work with new plays. I was one of their New American Voices playwright this spring, and despite fewer resources than other better funded theatres might have, they did an excellent job. The readings were well-attended, we were introduced to other Houston arts professionals, it was a wonderful, fruitful experience.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Landing Theatre Company nurtures new work with its New American Voices Reading Series. It is a gift to have time and space to accept critique and encouragement during a play's inevitable period of growing pains. The risks that LTC takes on new plays is imperative for the community, as they introduce otherwise unknown writers to hungry audiences. Houston is lucky to have a theatre with such an adventerous and skillful spirit!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Landing Theatre is doing great innovative shows, staged reading, and so much more. Lead by the incredibly talented David Raney, The Landing is a wonderful addition to Houston's thriving theatre scene. I just saw its current show "How I learned to Drive" and was so impressed with the cast and crew. I look forward to future shows.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have participated in two of the last four New American Voices play reading series produced by the Landing Theater in Houston. The aim of the series is to help playwrights develop a draft of a play in order to make it ready for production. In both cases, I found the process to be immensely helpful. Landing provided me with first-rate actors and a top-notch director, plus rehearsal time with which to explore my play and refine it. That portion of the process would have made the trip to Houston from Massachusetts worthwhile by itself, but the series culminates in a public reading, which provides the added benefit of the chance to watch an audience watch and react to the play. Moreover, the reading is staged, enabling the playwright to explore how the play moves in space. For each of my plays, it was the first time that I saw the play staged. Finally, the series gave me the opportunity to meet and make connections with members of the Houston theater community, which are always invaluable to professional development. I am in the process of pulling together my application for the 2016 series and have my fingers crossed that I earn the opportunity to go through the process again with a new play.

Former staff

Rating: 5

LTC makes making theatre a joy! The staff is remarkable: they are artists themselves, ones who are friendly and warm, one of the most welcoming ensemble I've worked with in a while. Being a playwright, you are nomadic for the most part. LTC feels like home. I was lucky enough to be part of their New American Voices Series this past year. Flying through Dallas, my flight got delayed and my show was premiering that night. Once I landed in Houston, I was rushed to the theatre, only to find that everyone had held the curtain for me. I was handed a beer, given a smile and hug by everyone, and then watched my play performed in such a beautifully crafted way that I wanted to rewind the last 90 minutes so I could experience it all over again. My experience with LTC was top notch. I would encourage audiences to attend their shows, artists to collaborate with their team, and for donors and volunteers to join the company with a helping hand in any way possible. Thank you LTC!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a playwright, the Landing Theatre is a unique experience. The fact that they judge hundreds of plays "blind" (without the author's name attached) to the very last minute of agreement sets them apart from other companies and is representative of their goal to produce work that speaks to them and their community. When I came to Houston for the reading, I was so well treated and my play received a strong and well-attended reading. I could ask for no more from any company.

Former staff

Rating: 5

The Landing Theatre Company in Houston is one of the best theater companies I have ever worked with. They are a theatre of raw passion, heart, and perseverance like no other. It has been an absolute privilege to work with such a wonderful group of artists. I hope the Landing Theatre Company provides amazing storytelling to audiences for many years to come.