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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

28 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Mia Ventura L.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I met Jessica at Theatre For The New City during a production. She is an immensely talented performer who is constantly innovatibg & seeking to give a voice to important matters. Ripple effect artists is not only a non profit sharing great stories about significant matters, It is a platform that seeks to help people & change the world one performance at the time. If you cross their path, you are extremely lucky & you are sure to learn a great deal.

Kallie M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ripple Effect Artists has amazing productions and impactful conversations about the most pressing issues in our communities. The founders are truly inspiring and have moved audiences from apathy to action.

Kristen M.4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Ripple Effect Artists is doing the imperative work of utilizing the arts as a platform for social equality. It's no secret the many inequities that exist in the world, from gender and race to socioeconomic issues. What is so important about the work this company does is giving people real pause to ponder, process and envision what could be possible in a world that works for everyone.

Donor

Rating: 5

Excellent storytelling! Radio-dramas were very good. A satisfying throw-back during the pandemic. Way to stay active!

Chris T.7

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My wife and I were introduced to Ripple Effect Artists several years back when submitting her play "Starlight" for consideration in their Climate Crisis Season; having produced, directed, designed and performed under Equity Off Broadway, LORT, COST, SPT, TYA, LOA, URTA, Guest Artist & Staged Reading Contracts over the past five decades their Mission was unique in its annual focus on a single matter of international import and its conscious leveraging of each individual's gifts to create art that was much greater than the sum of its parts.

So when I was asked to join James Jennings, Duncan Christy, Ina Chadwick and a host of extraordinarily gifted artists in "Once Upon A Time... This Land Was Made For You And Me" and given the opportunity to present the works of Writer/Director Ina Chadwick, poet Jerry Johnson and troubadour Woody Guthrie I jumped at the opportunity, which climaxed with a combination of happening and hootenanny as artists and audience rose in a chorus of the titular tune channeling Blitzstein & Odets alike.

In the years since we've followed their work and enjoyed an eclectic mix of venues and forms, from radio play versions of "War of the Worlds" & "Johnny Got His Gun" to video projects like "Awake" that blend dance and music and theatre and life; we've had the privilege of working with Board Members Jessica Jennings & Ina Chadwick on outside theatre and radio projects in NYC and across the greater tri-state area, and their commitment to purposeful theatre with a social impact carries over to everything they're involved in.

In the end, however, they are most powerful when combined, creating performing art that, as Senator Robert F. Kennedy said in his Day of Affirmation Address to the University of Capetown, South Africa fifty-four years ago, "sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance."

cindyfahay

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have worked with Ripple Effect Artists for 11 years and I am continually awed by their intelligent effective means of addressing social injustice through the arts. They are truly a 5 star entity.

Previous Stories

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.

Victor G.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I joined the board of Ripple Effect Artists a couple of years ago, attracted by REA's mission of creating compelling works that deal with important social subjects. So far my expectations have been exceeded - in my time at REA we've so far produced a play dealing with climate change (with nightly talkbacks with climate activists after each show's performance), and a short film - also climate related - that is currently making the rounds in the festival circuit. That film also included an apprenticeship program for teenagers of color looking to learn the craft of filmmaking. Since the pandemic started, we've also produced three radio plays and a dance video.

Ripple Effect Artists is a prolific arts organization always mindful of making a positive impact of its community, and deeply committed to producing works that address social justice.

Previous Stories
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Board Member

Rating: 5

Hi,

I’ve recently joined the board of Ripple Effect Artists because I was inspired and impressed by the organization’s commitment to positive social impact, and its ability to transform that commitment into action. From thought-provoking plays to challenging spoken-word events to events that help local communities (such as a recent park clean-up effort), Ripple Effect Artists produces events and works of art of substance that are approachable and fun. This upcoming season we are working on a play, a poetry reading, and a short film, among other things. I look forward to working to positively impact our culture and society by working with Ripple Effect Artists.

abbe s.

Advisor

Rating: 5

As a former Board member and current Senior Advisor, I have watched Ripple Effect Artists grow as a theatrical non-profit organization over the last several years -- both, from the sidelines and from a first-hand seat. Celebrating their 10th season, I say from the heart that Ripple Effect Artists does tremendous creative and impactful work that adds a strong voice to the arts and social justice issues. I am proud to be a part of the Ripple Effect Family and their important work. As the Founder and Editor of Socially Sparked News, I deem them a #SociallySparked® organization. Passion-driven & Ultra-inspiring.

1 Anatola Araba P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The most passionate nonprofit I've worked with. They cover a lot of meaningful topics including race, climate change, human trafficking, and more. They have put on many brilliant theater productions throughout NYC. The people running it are committed to making a difference in the world. Ripple Effect Artists, Inc. is really inspiring to work with.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The company does important work with the highest level of professionalism; always proud to be a cast member of one of their productions.
-Scott Zimmerman, AEA

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Board Member

Rating: 4

Highly organized and dedicated group where each person involved is reliable, warm and efficient. Talent is abundant. Passion for the artistic choices follow the mission for Ripple Effects Artists. Themes not only entertain but illuminate what we, as a society, should be concerned about. The stories we see and hear on stage or in more intimate settings are the ways we relate to humanity and the ways we get to ask questions. What can we do to go from apathy to action. What is the takeaway when you leave a performance. This season we are putting a magnifying glass on Climate Change. Critical sharing.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ripple Effect Artists is great! They care about bringing awareness to social issues and starting important conversations.

1 Regina R.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

A wonderful non-profit whose mission and purpose of bringing people from apathy to action through timeless and important theater productions & fundraisers. A must on your bucket list to attend at least 1 show, reading and fundraiser.

1 Eva D.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been editing videos for Ripple Effect Artists, Inc. since last year. This nonprofit company is truly striving to make a voice for inequality. They have put a lot of efforts into plays and many other activities. In my opinion, such company should be praised and get supported!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

REA has a fabulous mission. We have enjoyed watching them over the years and now we are excited to partner with them in 2018!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

These ladies are doing great in the world with their theatre and their advocacy.

2 Bob J.2

Board Member

Rating: 5

Theater with a message... and action. Find us online. We are a 501c3 and are having a fundraiser in Hastings, NY on Saturday September 29th. Visit www.rippleeffectartists .org for additional details.

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.

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?