I. Richard Burnett from Nova Catering is offering $1,000 of free catering for your home or office or anywhere for every donation of $5,000 or more. DONATE TODAY!
II. Cheryl Spector, one of the owners of 910 Arts and our landlord has taken us under her nonprofit umbrella to accept charitable donations on our behalf while we wait for our own status with the IRS. Anyone may donate to Visionbox by writing a check to “910 Arts-Visionbox”. Mail to 910 Santa Fe Dr. Studio 11 Denver CO 80204. For more info on 910Arts: www.910Arts.com All donations are tax deductible. To Donate via PayPal:
III. Mary Louise Lee, the First Lady of Denver, an actress and educator, will attend our December Gala and introduce us to our audience.
I am up early as this is when I am think over the work and where we are and where we need to go. I read Harold Clurman all the time and find amazing inspiration and excitement in his documenting of the Group Theatre. We are all I think in this continuum continuing the work of our forefathers and mothers in the theatre. Stella Adler, who I think understood Harold Clurman better than anyone wrote in the introduction to his great book The Fervent Years:
As for Harold’s legacy to the theatre, I think it may be lost because he didn’t create an heir. Some people, nurtured by Harold’s creativeness, will perhaps recognize what they have inherited. When he himself tried to sum up what he believed, he said “What I want to apply my energies to, because I believe in it, is spreading hope and love of life; to combat despair. I am a person who has to build all the time and the way I have chosen to do it is through the great art of the theatre!” – Stella Adler NYC, 1982
I was working with Gerry Gutierrez on Broadway and off in 1982. He had given me On Directing by Harold Clurman the day he met me in 1977. Gerry was the legacy of Clurman and he gave me those skills and insights and techniques over the many years I worked with him. He helped me get to Yale Drama School and he hired me after graduation twice. Gerry died too young as have many of my mentors and great artists in the theatre. But these great men and women I was able to grow up around gave me their love of theatre and a way to work that has given me the strength and confidence and faith to continue to teach this work and to help younger artists to carry on. We have new technology Gerry and Harold Clurman would never have dreamed of and I respect and support the use and study of video, film, and computer designs. But nothing will for me ever replace the necessity of live performance and its impact on each of us in the moment together listening to the words of some great poet or new writer sitting with old and new friends in the dark on a Sunday evening at 910 Arts. Please come see our projects in December and please help us continue into 2014 by donating to Visionbox today!
Jennifer McCray Rincon, Founder of Visionbox
As most of you know, Visionbox became a nonprofit project of the Colorado Nonprofit Development Center on December 1st, 2010. In August of 2013, we became an independent organization now called “Visionbox Studio”. Since our inception, we have been providing Denver student and professional actors with the highest level of actor training and helped over 150 actors find their way in a difficult and challenging profession. Our Young Conservatory actors have been admitted to the highest level college and conservatory training programs and our adults actors have continued to raise the level of their craft, thereby contributing to a growing world-class arts culture in Denver. Instead of moving to Los Angeles or New York, many young professional and career actors are staying in our community, creating a rich and vibrant contemporary performing arts industry.
Visionbox has also offered hundreds of hours of free performances and engaged audiences in an open dialogue about the moral and social preoccupations of our time. As with any new non-profit project, we have been challenged economically. We have kept our tuition low cost and also provided thousands of dollars of scholarship funding to students and performers who are financially disadvantaged. We have just completed a 12 week volunteer project at West High School, and we will continue to volunteer teaching hours and mentoring to West High School students, who currently have little or no arts programming.
Our current operating costs require we raise a minimum of $10,000 a month in charitable donations after tuition to sustain our programs. In our most recent fundraising letter, we asked you to contribute $10,000 by Nov. 1st and $20,000 by Dec. 1st so we could maintain the program until 2014. We are planning a major fundraiser in December that we hope will raise our necessary operating costs for all of 2014. But in order to even make it to the fundraiser, we need your help NOW! Currently, we have raised $5,150 of our November goal, and still need $4,850 by the end of the month. We will then need at least $10,000 to make it through December and get to our fundraiser.
I personally am asking you to consider a donation today to bring the highest level of actor training to our youth and ongoing training to our professional artists so that Denver can become the newest center for high-level contemporary performing arts in the United States. I have great respect and admiration for the artists working at Visionbox. They are passionate, talented, committed professionals who need your help if they are to survive and grow in our community. Thank you, ALL OF YOU, for your contributions in the past, and for your faith and support in this new venture. I look forward to seeing many of you at our Gala in December and hope to see you all at Visionbox in 2014.
Jennifer McCray Rincon
Executive Artistic Director
Checks or money orders should be made payable to “910 Arts – Visionbox”, and mailed to Visionbox 910 Santa Fe Drive, Studio 11 Denver, CO 80204. Online donations may be made through our website: visionbox.org/donate. If you have any questions, we can be reached in the office 10am-5pm Monday-Friday by phone (720-810-1641), or email us anytime at email@example.com!
FREE PERFORMANCE: Visionbox Open Rehearsals
Please join us for these FREE events to celebrate the completion of the current acting class by Visionbox students.
Skylite Station, 910Arts building, 910 Santa Fe Dr., Denver 80204
The Open Rehearsal is a chance for students to show their work in front of an audience. These are not finished scenes, and are still in process as the actors continue their focus on the work of building character and playing moment-to-moment action and objective. We recognize that the audience plays an important role in that process, however, and this is the opportunity for students to experience that step as well.
Visionbox at Denver Open Media
Visionbox is proud to be members of Denver Open Media, a community-programmed television station, located at 700 Kalamath near our studio.
At DOM, Visionbox staff has been training in video and TV- production, and we have begun to air programming, specifically a live once-a-week show during our class series. This broadcast is a glimpse into the classroom, where you can see actors working on material and receiving direction, and listen in on the class discussion as they try to answer the Five Questions.
DOM’s live channel is Comcast Channel 56. Visionbox will be broadcasting from 6-7pm on Thursday nights during class series. Stay tuned for specific details.
Class Sequences & Projects
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