CURRENT EVENTS UPDATE FROM AUGUST 2020
MAD* Factory Theatre Co believes that Black Lives Matter. We strive to always maintain a welcoming atmosphere for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color), Latinx, LGBTQIA+, and all marginalized communities. Inclusion has always been one of our guiding principles and we want to take this opportunity to assure our supporters that it is in our hearts and mission to be 100% inclusive. We are working towards the goal of becoming a leader among Northeast Ohio Community Theatres in creating policies that support cultural, gender,and economic inclusion by dismantling any arts practices that do not meet our values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. At MAD* Factory Theatre Co we are dedicated to creating a safe space for artists from all walks of life. We welcome suggestions and ideas from the community in this work and hope that together we can make everyone's future brighter in the days ahead.
MAD* Factory and Covid-19: As some of you may know, our classroom is small and does not allow for much social distancing! With the requirements currently laid out by the state, we know it is best for us to stay virtual-- and we are having a lot of fun doing it! If we have any in-person events, all standard Covid procedures will be followed. For now, join us online! We have been honing our virtual acting skills and are ready to take our classes to the masses! Click the "classes and camps" button on our website to see what we have in store for this fall.
COVID UPDATE FROM JULY 2020
Hello Mad Factory family! As the months of Covid-19 roll on, we have been learning a lot about how to take our craft online. Since March we have had online classes, an online play, online comedy improv and karaoke (our fave), and even online summer camp! While this isn't what we are used to, your safety is most important and we wll continue to make protecting you a priority in 2020. Soon we will be sharing our virtual fall class offerings. We have new tools and skills that we have gathered since the pandemic started that will help us to make these online offerings dynamic and successful. We are excited that we can still bring you the magic of theatre even if we can't be together! Thank you to everybody that has supported us on this journey so far and embraced the motto "the show must go on(line)!"
Dear Family and Friends.
MAD* Factory Theatre Co. sincerely hopes that you are safe and well. During this unprecedented time in our history, we know that everyone is concerned about the future, so we wanted to update you on our plans for the coming months.
Like many other small non-profits across the country, we have had to make some difficult decisions to ensure the future of our organization. To that end, the Board of Directors has made the decision to postpone our late Spring and early Summer activities:
We are still planning to have some form of MAD* Camp in July and will be doing everything within our power to make this happen, even virtually! In addition to performances of The Laramie Project, we hope to resume full operations and our season schedule with The Crucible in early October, school outreach programs, performance classes and fun family events.
But the good news is, we will still be here providing fun, online arts learning and engagement for you and your family throughout the coming months! Nina and Amber are busy coming up with great ideas to squelch those stay-at-home doldrums. Upcoming online events include Virtual Improv, Karaoke Nights, and more – be sure to check our Facebook page or website for more information.
As the crisis continues, we are closely monitoring our financial position and exploring COVID-19 Emergency Funding to ensure MAD* Factory can continue delivering its mission to empower and inspire people of all ages through music, art, and drama. We are continuing to make minor renovations (painting, expanding the stage with platforms, and adding pipe and drape wings) to our new Lorain performance space as we can so that we can “hit the ground running” when programming returns later this year.
We want to thank each and every one of you for your continued support of MAD* Factory Theatre as students, performers, techies, volunteers, and audience, and invite you to join us as we celebrate life and the magic of theater through our online presence during the coming months.
Stay well and stay brave,
Tess Snyder, President, Board of Directors
Nina Fisher, Program Director
Amber Michalak, Education Director
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