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Ripple Effect Artists, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Alliances & Advocacy, Arts & Culture, Humanities, Theater

Mission: Ripple Effect Artists Inc. addresses injustice and causes social impact through art - primarily by producing masterful plays - presenting them along with talk-back discussions in partnership with educators and advocacy groups. These events, our education, and our game-changing philanthropy cultivate empathy, shift audiences from APATHY to ACTION, and create a RIPPLE EFFECT in the larger community.

Results: We have reached more than 5,000 people. Our signature post-performance talk-backs feature expert speakers on the issues addressed in the plays. Outreach: we bring the power of theater to underserved populations through free student tickets and special workshops. We have made two trips to La Sagrada Familia (a place for abandoned children) in the outskirts of Lima, Peru. We have presented the following plays with educational partners throughout NYC: Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” partnering with Paradigm Shift. Robert Anderson’s “Tea & Sympathy” partnering with The Trevor Project. Clifford Odetts’ “Waiting for Lefty” partnering with The League of Women Voters. Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” partnering with Equality Now. Mark Shultz’ “Deathbed” partnering with Gilda’s Club NYC. Elmer Rice’s “The Adding Machine” partnering with Safe Horizon, and featuring expert speaker Mr. James P. Clark (founder of World Technology Summit). “She Has A Name” partnering with three organizations: RestoreNYC, Breaking the Silence Together, and Coalition Against Trafficking in Women: our panel of talk-back experts also included Dr. Charlotte Walker-Said (International Law and Human Rights, John Jay College), Psychotherapist Aimee Barr – LCSW, and survivor of sex trafficking Aliza Almar.

Target demographics: all people gain empathy for one another, cultivating a more compassionate world.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 2000 general audiences and 65 7th graders.

Geographic areas served: leveraging theater for teachable moments; merging art with advocacy.

Programs: talk-backs with advocates an other experts on challenging issues; presenting challenging theater in staged readings and full productions; and providing empowerment workshops.

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It's great to see their shows and talk-backs. They are educating people and causing change, for good!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

"I love volunteering with this group because their art always shows people about advocacy."

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a theater professional (actor, director, dancer, coach) for many years I have worked with many theatrical companies in various capacities. Having participated in several REA workshops and a staged/choreographed reading of "Ring Round he Moon" by Jean Anouilh, I can say from an insiders point of view that the company, all participants, performers, producers, and supporters are among the most positive group of people that I have worked with. There is not an apathetic or self-serving attitude among them, and it's been a joy participating and watching the company grow and spread their love and dedication to both their craft and the various human communities which they serve

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing organization and incredibly dedicated team. They tap into significant issues and subject matters. Combining great talent and theatre, the plays always bring out compelling performances. Ripple Effect Artists is a movement. They make a great deal of difference, not only in the Arts, but in helping make our world a better place. I support their cause 100% !

kall_em

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a student in Midtown Manhattan, studying Business Management, who stumbled upon this organization and the amazing work it is doing by creating #ApathyToAction at their annual Valentine's Gala. Since then I have worked closely with the founder, board, ensemble, and more to promote the organization's mission and vision. I am so humbled by the conversations that this organization has allowed me to be a part of and to start with others to make positive ripples. I am also highly involved with Ripple Effect's social media and encourage anyone with interest to follow us and reach out to get more involved in creating your very own #RippleEffect! FB: https://www.facebook.com/RippleEffectArtists/ | IG: rippleeffect523 | Twitter: REArtists

Donor

Rating: 5

"Ripple Effect" puts our support to good work exploring difficult but necessary conversations that require us to either broaden our worldview or realize we are stuck. Both good outcomes to theatre in my book. They bring a lot of energy to their productions and they are good at what they do. Their commitment is evident in their longevity.

Advisor

Rating: 5

I am a lifelong human rights activist and a photographer. I joined the board of Ripple Effect when it was almost in its infancy. The concept of a theater company putting on socially relevant plays and partnering with organizations that deal in the same issues absolutely fascinates me. Although I left the board and I'm now a member of the advisory board I still relish photographing Ripple Effect and watching the impact it's productions have

Abbe

Board Member

Rating: 5

I became a Board of Director of this incredible organization only last November 2016 and have to say how thoroughly impressed I was and still am with the dynamic leadership of Ripple Effect Artists. Founded by an exciting, passionate, and intelligent young woman who is destined to be one of our country's future next generation of great leaders. In just 5 short years, her and her team have taken her vision to move audiences from empathy to action to reality at the top of the spectrum - reaching 501 (c) 3 status in NY and Actor's Equity, Off-Broadway credibility - two feats not so easy to accomplish. Our most recent production, the critically-acclaimed play SHE HAS A NAME by playwright Andrew Kooman is about sex trafficking and so far, our three previews with talk backs off-broadway benefitted three worthy sex trafficking organization. We are in the process of putting on a full-run of this play off-broadway this summer (dependent on the additional funds we raise). As a professional with over 25 years of experience in the business, entertainment and performing arts world - I highly recommend this organization.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a Board Member of Rippleffect Artists since its inception 8 years ago. Jessie Fahay. Ripple Effect founder , had seen a compelling production of Normal Heart, a play about the the rise of the HIV-AIDS epidemic in New York City in the early 1980's as seen through the eyes of Ned Weeks an AIDS social advocate. She left the theater thinking in her words, that she wanted to do more than just leave the theater. She believed that theater could be a way to bring social injustice stories to life and also bring social advocacy groups to the audiences to help them "do More" after seeing a compelling performance. By answering audience questions and offering solutions to audience members about ways to get engaged, Advocacy agencies could help audience members take action. Jessie developed the REA motto "Let's move audiences from apathy to action" as a ripple effect. REA's first production was Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew and they partnered with Paradigm Shift a woman's advocacy group. Other productions to name a few include Tea and Sympathy by Robert Anderson where REA partnered with The Trevor Project an advocacy group for LGBT rights, Waiting for Lefty by Clifford Odets where REA partnered with The League of Women Voters, Death Bed by Mark Shultz where the partnering agency was The Gilda Club of New York who advocates for cancer victim rights, and She Has a Name by Andrew Kooman, where REA partnered with CATW and Restore New York advocating for sex trafficked victims.
Over the years over 5,000 supporters have been moved by the efforts of REA to take action in some way relating to social injustices. The members of the company work tirelessly for those who need our help. I will continue to be a believer, Board member and advocate for the work this company does so well and invite everyone to go to the website : www. rippleffectartistis.com to see the efforts and compassion this company feels.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

This org has a great heart and mission. They need your funding. I witnessed their period production of THE ADDING MACHINE - so relevant! James P. Clark spoke after about technology replacing jobs, about the shrinking middle class. It makes a person wonder where we are headed in he next century and how mankind never really changes... or can we?