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Review for Airmid Theatre Company, Inc, Bay Shore, NY, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Airmid was founded with three things in mind: empower women artists so our voices are heard and our visions are seen; to recover our theatrical past so we can claim our future; and to provide society a new way to see and understand the concerns of women as we breakdown the negative stereotypes that effect both genders today. Of course we want to present high quality, professionally produced theatre relevant to everyone in the process just as all professional theatres across the country do. Early in our work, we produced a show that drew a small but enthusiastic audience. One of those people was a man in his 60's who wrote me a letter after the show. He told me that he had always seen himself as a man who treated women as his equal but after seeing our work and hearing the text of the play, he began to wonder if he was truly as open to women as his equal as he had long believed. He said he would try harder to be just that. During a post show talk back regarding a suffrage play, we had a group of young women whose mothers brought them to the show. One of them raised her hand and being only about 7, she expressed surprise that women had not been allowed to vote and saying

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my daily life.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I'd grow the group of people who can enhance the work of the artists we use to can help us grow. I would give up my day job and return to theater management to do just this if there were a stable way for me to run this theatre full time.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing the responses of men and women to the work we do as something that effects them emotionally and intellectually, makes them laugh and cry, and helps them see themselves in the world in new ways.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

all walks of life. Men and women, varying economic backgrounds and educations.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

hire the staff we need to stabilize and grow so we can better serve our mission and our community, restore a building to become our permanent home, and make more of an impact on more women and girls by empowering more people through our art.

Ways to make it better...

I could give those working with us more than just my thanks.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

a climate that has trouble seeing the value of the arts in our lives and an economic climate that forces many to feel that they don't have time in their lives to participate in our work.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Board Member & Founder and Director.