There have been many shocking and scary disruptions to our daily lives this spring. The way Vermonters care for each other in times of trouble helps a lot. Facing the uncertainty of the future is our next challenge.
Prior to the coronavirus outbreak in March, Off Center for the Dramatic Arts was growing as a community resource and enjoying our best year for spring show bookings to date. Looking ahead, however, we do not know what theatre and performance will look like in the coming year. We need to choose a path forward.
The choice is: maintaining our current venue by creating new ways to serve our community’s needs during this crisis with support to keep the infrastructure intact, or closing the venue, ceasing physical operations and searching for a new home to rebuild in the future. We need your help to decide what comes next.
The considerations are both financial and creative. A non-profit venue powered by our community of volunteers, we keep overhead costs as low as possible - the current Off Center venue can run efficiently for under $1700 a month. Keeping the space open and available for any project that respects recommended health guidelines is possible, with support and backing to keep us solvent. Yet if the space sits idle due to the uncertainty, it might be more useful to pack up our gear, hibernate for a time, and seek new space and funding in the future when traditional public gatherings and audience confidence resume. It depends entirely on what our community needs.
We cannot afford to maintain the space indefinitely without sustaining support and a community interested in using it.
Please help us with this decision. The Off Center Board put together a brief (3 minute) community survey to collect the thoughts and opinions of the performing arts community and the friends of Off Center. Your perspective is important to us.
The Off Center Community Survey is available HERE.
Thank you for your thoughts. Your support makes this tough volunteer job a joy and a blessing.
In health and happiness,
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 email@example.com, and let’s talk.
Thank you for helping us.