Keeping Local Arts Alive During COVID-19
As a community center for independent performance and creation, Off Center for the Dramatic Arts is deeply concerned with the safety and well-being of our artists, patrons and volunteers. Joining the efforts of fellow performance venues in the Burlington arts community to reduce the harms of COVID-19, there will be no public events held at Off Center for the rest of March.
This includes the cancellation of the March edition of our monthly new work reading series Playmakers, scheduled for Monday March 16, and the auditions for Theasters Theatre’s production of Red and Blue All Over scheduled for March 18. They will be accepting submissions by video instead. For more information on those amended auditions, contact email@example.com
Monkey Man, the one-woman show about family, schizophrenia and being on the road written and performed by Dana Block is cancelling the March 26-28 run. This exciting show will be rescheduled, and we will announce the new dates as soon as possible.
We will continue to monitor the quickly-changing public health situation very closely, and work with all artists booked for shows and events in April to determine if they will go forward. We will reschedule all cancelled shows, workshops and events without penalty. We support artists who are making difficult decisions.
At this time, the Spring Open Artist Showcase, which runs April 22-May 2, will run as planned. If circumstances change, we will postpone the festival to later in the year.
Thank you all for your continuing support of Off Center. This is traditionally our busiest season, and we are very sad to go dark, even for a few weeks. This closure and the possibility of future cancellations will have a significant financial impact. As a volunteer artist-run non-profit theatre venue, we do not have deep reserves. Every small amount helps. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to help us continue through these dark days, and ensure that grass-roots theatre will continue to have a home when this storm has passed.
Vermont Artists: Why not use this unplanned break from performance to dream up the next great show to take America by storm? Book a rehearsal, workshop or production slot for later this year!
We are proud to be part of a beautiful and strong creative community.
Take care of each other.
And wash your hands.
Sending everyone positive thoughts for a safe journey through this challenge,
Board President, Off Center for the Dramatic Arts
#LightsUpOC CAMPAIGN A SUCCESS!
OFF CENTER HAS NEW LIGHTS
We're looking for someone to love our new lights.
Do you like technical theatre? Do you want to make a great space better? Off Center for the Dramatic Arts in Burlington is looking for an artist/technician/wizard with passion for accessible performance space to join us as our volunteer technical director.
OC is a volunteer artist-run non-profit that operates a fully equipped black box theatre space in Burlington’s Old North End. We exist to provide local and touring artists an affordable performance space for small audience shows that has solid theatrical lighting and sound support.
Joining us as our volunteer Technical Director means working with the executive and board to maintain and enhance our technical capacity. There will be hands-on work helping OC volunteers maintain our equipment, as well as helping design better systems and configurations to improve what we have. You will also advise the executive on budgeting for our technical needs. You have the option to join the board if you wish. There are no set volunteer hours, just a commitment to help us keep OC running smoothly. We have a simple but useful tech set-up, and we want someone who sees its potential to come play with it.
This is a fun opportunity to technically lead a small theatre space. It would be great for a recent graduate looking to add leadership resume experience, a community member who likes to tinker with theatrical lighting/sound, an established technician who wants to contribute to making theatre space affordable for everyone.
If you are interested, drop Laura an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and let’s talk.
Thank you for helping us.