I've known about this organization for several years and this year have joined the team. I thoroughly enjoy my colleagues' professionalism, enthusiasm, and dedication to help repair the world through the arts.
One of the best mission statements in our field. Really proud of this group. They have survived their first decade - and that means a LOT. Here's to many more!
Happy to be a part of this amazing team. They are really thorough, compassionate, and out to change the world through the arts!
REA has been producing visionary work with storytelling that isn't just compelling but important. Their commitment to making a difference is working. May their ripples keep flowing outward.
Jesse Jennings Puentevella is a thoughtful and inspired Producer, Director, and Performing Artist. I look forward to all that comes.
Ripple Effect Artists (REA) is a great non-profit that is dedicated to social impact through theater and multimedia. REA is committed to promote change through awareness and dialogue. REA offers students a practical film production experience through an internship program. REA provides the public with productions that involve timely, critical social issues. REA strives to inspire audiences to make a difference!
REA board members and ambassadors give of their own time and dollars to ensure quality and relevant productions.
REA is an example of a first class non-profit organization.
Ripple Effect Artists is the sort of organisation you imagine would exist in a perfect world. We do not live in Utopia but organisations like these make it seem like we are all here for a common goal. Ever heard of a nonprofit that donates? Yes, Ripple Effect Artists. A nonprofit that offers free internships?Yup, Ripple Effect Artists. Whilst the world catches up to the concepts of marrying arts with social reflections, Ripple Effect Artists has already got there and given us all something to aspire to.
I continue to marvel at how this socially conscious organization continues to raise it’s bar and succeed at fulfilling its mission of focusing on addressing social injustices through the arts. This year REA is recognizing mental illness and wellness through its film , radio, podcast, and later in 2022 , live performance productions. REA shifted quickly and meaningfully to multiple art form presentations when live theater shut down during the pandemic. Not only have they survived, they have soared with their multiple offerings. If there were a 6 star rating, they would top that list too
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.
Ripple Effect Artists has been such a fun and wonderful nonprofit to be involved in. I started helping them with radio shows in the summer of 2020, which was a great project to do during the pandemic. I love that they found a way to keep reaching and inspiring audiences during that difficult time. I got to meet members of the team in person for the first time at their benefit starring Gilbert Gottfried. It was strange that I had worked with them for so long and felt like I knew them so well, but had never seen them in person before! Their movie Here Comes Frieda was fantastic, and I’m excited to see their next one, Sin Fondo. Thank you Ripple Effect for continuing to make a difference through the arts!
Unrelenting in producing poignant and timely new pieces of theater that directly question impactful issues of the times. I've seen them tackle Climate Change, mental health, immigration and others topics with a fearless passion, and other companies would do well to push for the kind of moral obligation that Ripple Effect pushes.
I want to commend Ripple Effect Artists for their innovation and resilience during the pandemic. Ripple Effect has continued to highlight so many important issues -systemic racism, immigration, gender equality-by quickly shifting to virtual platforms. From original films displayed through zoom, original theater broadcast on the radio, and podcast interviews with artists speaking about how their art can raise awareness about important societal issues. And all the while, the quality of the productions has been of the highest caliber despite a world-wide pandemic and funding challenges.
Provocative theatre is always an asset to our overall community. Ripple Effect Artists meets this challenge by presentating of theatre addressing vital issues of our time. The company is an outstanding group of dedicated individuals who strive to stage theatre with pertinent questions with ideas toward resolutions. An excellent posture to hold always, and especially in these current times.
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.
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.
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.
Excellent storytelling! Radio-dramas were very good. A satisfying throw-back during the pandemic. Way to stay active!
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Ripple Effect Artists is great! They care about bringing awareness to social issues and starting important conversations.
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.
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!
REA has a fabulous mission. We have enjoyed watching them over the years and now we are excited to partner with them in 2018!
These ladies are doing great in the world with their theatre and their advocacy.
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.
It's great to see their shows and talk-backs. They are educating people and causing change, for good!
"I love volunteering with this group because their art always shows people about advocacy."
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
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% !
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
"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.
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
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.
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?