Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Deviated Theatre: Fundraising

Photography by Enoch Chan, 2008

Previously, I mentioned an internet fundraising campaign for Deviated Theatre. Well now I can regale you with the specific details.

Here is the low-down:

-- The product is Magazine subscriptions/renewals sponsored by Reader's Digest
-- Over 650 different popular magazine titles, available at up to 85% off newsstand prices
-- 40% of sales go right to Deviated Theatre
-- A good idea for those of you who have yet to get someone a gift for the holidays! But worry not, the fundraiser won't disappear after the new year, so you can still make purchases past Dec. 31st, 2008
-- For further questions or if you would rather donate to Deviated Theatre directly, check out Deviated's "support" page or contact choreographer Kimmie Dobbs at kimmie[@]deviatedart[dot]com.

If you own or are a part of a company or business that may be interested in purchasing a program ad for our January or March shows or donating an item toward our silent auction at American Dance Institute in March, please download the appropriate paperwork below:

Program Ad Form

Paperwork and ad image due to Kimmie Dobbs by Jan. 10th, 2009 (for Jan. ad), Feb. 22nd, 2009 (for March ad)

Silent Auction Form

Paperwork and auction item(s) due to Vanessa Strickland by Feb. 22nd, 2009

After you have filled these out please snail-mail or e-mail them to Kimmie Dobbs and CC me as well (strickland[dot]vanessa[@]gmail[dot]com). Address information is indicated on the forms.
Please indicate in your mail that you found out about donating through me.

Thanks everyone, and have an awesome holiday!


Thursday, December 4, 2008


The first six months of 2009 are all lined up for me and I’m happy to say that my hard work is really paying off!

As I previously posted, my next show is "Aspiro" with Deviated Theatre. We have been rehearsing for the past month and I also accepted an offer from them for their brand-new original show in April: "LORE," which is playing at Dance Place in DC. Working in shows without dialogue have pushed me to be more specific not only in my character body, but with the actions I take as the character. I’m also working at keeping the physicality of my character in each show dissimilar, so I’m not playing the same character.

Rehearsals for Ma Lien and the Magic Paintbrush with Maryland Ensemble Theatre is fast approaching. We don’t begin until January, but I have been anticipating this show since I was cast back in September. I just heard from the director today and am eager about getting started.

My most recent casting has been for the Maryland Shakespeare Festival’s “Shakespeare Alive!” tour. The cast gets to tour middle schools in Maryland, performing a short “Best Of” Shakespeare presentation to get the kids interested, followed up by workshops dealing with Shakespearian monologues and scenework. I begin in February and wrap in June.

So visually:

Jan 12 – Ma Lien at MET begins rehearsals
Jan 23 – Aspiro runs for a weekend at Clarice Smith
Feb – Shakespeare Alive! begins rehearsals and training
Feb 14 – Ma Lien opens at MET in Frederick
March – Shakespeare Alive! begins touring
March 7 – Aspiro runs for a weekend at American Dance Institute
April 4 - Ma Lien closes at MET in Frederick
April 25 – LORE runs for a weekend at Dance Place
June 2 – Shakespeare Alive! tour wraps up

...Frankly, I’ll probably reward myself in the summer by taking a week’s vacation out of town, as I’ll be just too busy to skip town until then!

Also, Deviated Theatre has created a new way to fundraise via the internet. I’ll post more information about that on here once I set up the system for myself.