Y-Not is a thread that connects Gainesville’s stages, playwrights, actors, directors, history museum, and supporters. Paul Gabbard tirelessly organizes events and shares information and contacts in order to inspire and enthuse, breathing life into our large theater community.
The mark of a great theatre company is that it connects its local culture to the national, theatrical climate at-large. Essentially, making theatre more accessible and engaging for both audiences familiar with and new to the dramatic arts. Y-Not Theatre consistently shows dedication to hosting meetings, workshops, and performances that provide support for emerging theatre artists. This also draws audiences closer to the process through education and entertainment. Gainesville has no dearth of the arts, but Y-Not Theatre is unrivaled in bridging the gap between artists and audiences who all desire thought-provoking and welcoming theatrical experiences.
As director of the Matheson History Museum, I have enjoyed working with Paul Gabbard and Y-Not Theatre on a number of projects. I also participated in a Gainesville Playreaders session; it is exciting to be able to read such innovative new works with other theatre folks in an intimate setting. Y-Not Theatre has become one of our most valuable community partners at the Matheson. I look forward to our next venture together.
With a clear mission to support local theatre and emerging playwrights, Y-Not theatre has created a community of artists. Collaboration with community is strong.
Great not for profit company to work with. Focused on contemporary playwrights and producing works in alternative spaces, Y-not takes theater out of its conventional box, taking risks and telling important and relevant stories.
This is a really great theater company that is doing great things for the Gainesville community. It elevates Gainesville to a top-notch arts town.
I dove right into one of Paul's projects not really knowing what I was getting myself into. Not only did I enjoy my time spent with the cast and crew for Paula Vogel's Birthday performance but I learned a great deal about myself as an actress. I typically perform stand up comedy locally and I am also a member of the Gainesville Improv Guild so this was a step onto a new path of acting for me. I look forward to what 2018 has in store for us!
As a performer and as an audience member, Y-Not theatre is a great group. Paul Gabbard will treat you with the utmost professionalism and put on a damn good show. Get involved for a non-traditional theatre experience you will keep for a lifetime.
Love the Gainesville Playreaders events by Y-Not Theatre. A great way to discover new plays and discuss with fellow theatre lovers.
•One of Y-Not Theatre’s core programs is the Gainesville Playreaders a monthly gathering that meets at different theatre locations around town to read new American plays in a non-performative setting. Paul does a great job of choosing plays. If your into theatre you must checkout this group.
At the Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville FL, we have a great collaboration with Y-Not Theatre. Y-Not Theatre has been presenting open rehearsals in the galleries, allowing weekend visitors to watch performances evolve out of the interactions between actors and director. It's eye opening and rewarding. Last night's full performance of a short play during a museum event was excellent and much-enjoyed by our audience. Paul Gabbard has been flexible and creative in finding plays that are appropriate for our audiences and which relate to our exhibitions. Paul's passion for theatre, and his open and inquisitive attitude make him a delight to work with.
Attended Y-Not theatre's premier performance Saturday. This new theatre company of 5 months will be an amazing addition to our community!