The Free Theatre was formed in 2018 by a group of dedicated high school seniors with the desire and drive to create a non-profit 501(c)3, student-run, tuition-free company for students who are passionate about creating theater.
In this company, students will be at the helm of the creative process, working onstage, offstage and on the production side (in any area of interest that appeals to them, whether it be direction, music, costumes, PR, choreography, tech, set design, stage management, props, etc.) to help make the shows possible.
The season will have two shows, with the first being performed in mid-December, and the second in late May
There will be one rehearsal a week (Sundays 11:00-4:30). Students will be expected to practice outside of rehearsal to best maintain and advance the creative process that takes place within rehearsal.
The students will be managing their own productions, with the guidance and support of an Advisory Board of professional theater/music/dance/art mentors and advisors, as well as business and technical professionals. Key artistic positions on our productions will be supported by our Artist-In-Residence program.
While the Free Theatre is a peer-to-peer educational program created to foster a community of artists, adult mentorship from at least one professional will be maintained for all rehearsals, master classes, workshops, and performances. The safety, well-being, and consistent guidance of our students is of the utmost importance at the Free Theatre.
Master classes, taught by professionals in their field, and peer-to-peer education both are part of our educational plan.
The Free Theatre has several boards set up to serve the students:
— A volunteer Advisory Board of professionals to mentor and donate time to teach master classes
— A Patrons Board of parents to support the students with marketing, development, logistical assistance and hospitality needs
— A Professionals Advisory Committee to provide mentoring, master classes and advice about all aspects of the business.
Application to the company is open to students ages 13-19, with audition information posted here on our website. Company auditions will be held in person in late August. Once the company is established for the year, casting decisions will be made by the artistic team of each production (September and January)
If you have questions please feel free to contact Marci Shegogue at email@example.com