Can you believe we’re nearly halfway through March?! We surely can’t, but we’ve got some exciting things up our sleeves this spring that we just can’t wait to share with you!
Meet the New Members of the TIA Team!
We are THRILLED to announce four new members of the Theater in Asylum year-round team who will be helping the company grow and deepen its artistic work in the coming months. You may recognize some of these faces from past TIA projects as they have been active members of our community. Keep reading to learn more about these fabulous humans!
Brea Clemons, Cold Readings Curation Team
A Midwesterner at heart, Brea has lived in 12 states and now calls New York City home. With a BFA in stage management and a minor in nonprofit administration from the University of Oklahoma, she spent 7 years stage managing regionally for companies such as The Coterie, The Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Music Theater Kansas City, and The Beijing Normal Experimental Dance Company. Brea relocated to New York City in 2019 and began a career in Operations and has worked at Abramson Brothers Inc, IndieSpace, and Williamstown Theatre Festival. Brea continues to work in NYC as the Programs Manager for the Indie Theater Fund; facilitating anti-racism trainings through The Big Learn; developing a new artist focused mental health initiative; and overseeing subsidized rehearsal space programming. Additionally, she can be found event planning in the Las Vegas area in collaboration with Till Death Do Us Party and Spiegelworld. When she’s not working you can find her redecorating her apartment, walking her dog along Riverside Drive, or sipping a Negroni at her favorite neighborhood cocktail bar.
Melissa Mowry, Cold Readings Curation Team
Melissa (she/her) is a Virginia-based director. Originally from Virginia Beach, she is currently active in New York City and Richmond, VA. Melissa has a BA in Music Industry and Drama from Randolph-Macon College, and her MFA in Directing from The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University. In 2018, Melissa was accepted into the Stage Director and Choreographer Foundation's Observership Program, where she assisted Patricia McGregor on her Production of Lights Out: Nat King Cole at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. She has also worked with The Lower Eastside Shakespeare Company, The WP Theatre, The Tank, Women of Color Productions, The Secret Theatre, The Ume Group, New York Fringe Festival, and The New Group in New York; Virginia Repertory Theatre and Cadence Theatre Company in Virginia; Summit Performance Indianapolis in Indiana; and the Kattaikkuttu Sangam and Gurukulam in Tamil Nadu, India.
Al Parker, Cold Readings Curation Team
Al Parker (they/them) is a creative producer and dramaturg based in New York City. They are the Associate Artistic Director of The Parsnip Ship and Producing Assistant at Page 73 Productions. They are a proud member of National Queer Theater’s Artistic Collective, and an alum of the 2020-21 Ars Nova Emerging Leaders Group. Recently, they have collaborated with Playwrights Horizons, Ars Nova, Signature Theatre Company, MCC, the Civilians, and Colt Coeur. Originally from South Dakota, they completed their studies in Dramatic Literature and Creative Writing at New York University. When they’re not buzzing around a theater, Al enjoys working as a freelance editor and reading everything from gothic fiction to queer theory to fandom discourse.
Charlotte Dow, PR & Marketing Manager
Charlotte Dow (she/her) is a Brooklyn-based writer, publicist, and communications professional. She hails from Philadelphia and is a recent graduate of the M.S. in Public Relations and Corporate Communication program at NYU's School of Professional Studies. Throughout her career, Charlotte has worked with several companies in the entertainment world such as Focus Features, Cinetic Marketing, Dramatists Play Service, and WME. As a freelance writer, her work has appeared in The Financial Diet, Elite Daily, Hello Giggles, and more. Outside of work, Charlotte is a proud member of Sirens of Gotham, New York's premiere SSAA a capella chorus.
Join the Queens Pride Parade Book Club
And now, a message from TIA Community Member Danica Stompor:
With the support of the LaGuardia and Wagner Archives at LaGuardia Community College, I am developing an interactive digital map that charts the history of the Queens Pride Parade, interrogates the motives behind its formation, and examines what it means to publicly define an LGBTQ community.
I could use your help! As a part of this project, I’ll be asking artists to create pieces that respond to a series of readings about the parade and the history of queer life in Jackson Heights. We will meet as a book club in a series of 3-4 sessions over April to June 2022, working together to generate questions and ideas about the parade, as well as a few devising exercises to generate ideas.
By the end of the book club in June, everyone will present a piece that they’ve made in response to what we’ve discussed. This could be a song, a poem, a food dish — the sky is the limit!
If you live or have lived in Queens, it would be especially lovely to have you create with us. A small stipend of $50 will be provided to artists who contribute to the installation.
Want to join? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Theater in Asylum believes that transparency enables the sharing of power and responsibility. We commit to being open with how company decisions are made and money is spent. Below please find an overview of our finances in 2021. This is also on our website’s transparency page, a page we launched earlier this year as a way to showcase a snapshot of our finances and decision-making.
Some Takeaways of Theater in Asylum’s 2021 Finances:
2021’s Major Projects:
Actual Expenses (as of 12/2/21)
* Personnel expenses rose when we unexpectedly won grants from the NYC Artist Corps, allowing us to increase collaborator stipends for Occupy Prescott.
** The Debates 2021 was revamped from an in-person production to an online production, drastically reducing production costs.
*** Our space costs fell drastically with the revamping of The Debates 2021 to an online production, as well as space donations for Occupy Prescott.
How Theater in Asylum paid people in 2021
Actual Revenue (as of 12/2/21)
* We won support for our 2021 Season from the Brooklyn Arts Council and the New York City Artist Corps.
** With the revamping of The Debates 2021 to be an online production, ticket revenue was lost as we were not able to tour to different neighborhoods (with different audiences).
How Theater in Asylum Charged Audiences in 2021
We are so appreciative of our community, who has helped us organize our company, our budgets, and our work. We invite feedback (contact info on our Community page) as to how we can make Theater in Asylum more transparent and fruitful for all.
Paul, Katie, and Kathryn
Theater in Asylum
2021 has been such a year. Struggles are everywhere but so are people and organizations working to make things better. Each year on Giving Tuesday, Theater in Asylum looks back at all the organizations we’ve amplified throughout the year in our Cold Readings series. One organization we have continually returned to as we read our way through The Golden Collection is the National Black Theatre (NBT).
NBT’s mission is:
This Giving Tuesday, we ask you to consider supporting the National Black Theatre and/or any of the organizations we have highlighted this year. Below, see a loosely-categorized list of heroes who are doing the urgent, necessary, good work of making our world more just.
Thank you so much. Please take care of yourselves and each other.
Peace, power, and love to you,
Paul, Katie, Kathryn, and Hilarie
Making and Spreading Art
Empowering People and Advocating for a Better World
Providing Aid to People in Immediate Need
The independent theater company’s first in-person production since early 2020 examines the historic movement’s impact on a small town in Arizona.
BROOKLYN, NY -- September 28, 2021 -- Theater in Asylum, a New York-based ensemble-driven independent theater company, today announced the company’s first in-person production since 2020, Occupy Prescott by Andy Boyd. The production will run from October 16, 2021 through October 31, 2021 at the Jalopy Tavern in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
Ten years ago this fall, activists gathered in Lower Manhattan to peacefully occupy Zuccotti Park and to declare opposition to an economic system clearly inadequate for the majority of Americans, the 99%. Occupy Wall Street galvanized people around the world and inspired hundreds of activist occupations, big and small, united in a call to radically rethink the economic order.
Occupy Prescott follows five Occupiers in the small, southwestern city of Prescott, Arizona in their efforts to change their town and the world. The protestors broadly agree that the one percent is too powerful, but that agreement breaks down as they search for specifics. Reaching consensus on what a better world looks like—and how to get there—is frequently frustrating and rarely glamorous. Never easy, but urgently necessary.
“After many months of virtual productions, readings and community events, Theater in Asylum is so excited to be making live, in-person theatre again,” said Katie Palmer, Co-Artistic Director of Theater in Asylum and Co-Director of Occupy Prescott. “The issues raised by the Occupy movement are just as relevant today as they were ten years ago and we look forward to exploring them with audiences at the Jalopy this October.”
"We are living in a world created by Occupy Prescott - with the Fight for 15, the fight for Medicare for all and the recent push to expand the social safety net," said Paul Bedard, Co-Artistic Director of Theater in Asylum and Co-Director of Occupy Prescott. "In many ways these struggles were propelled by the Occupy movement. We want to pay homage to the people who planted the seeds and encourage our audiences to keep dreaming and fighting."
Occupy Prescott stars Julie Cai as Connie, Christopher DeSantis as Devin, Alec A. Head as Rex, Emily Johnson-Erday as the Musician, Regina Romero as Dolores and Fernando Vieira as Father Carlos. The production features stage management by Cody Hom, dramaturgy by Al Parker, scenic and lighting design by Dan Stearns and costume design by Andrea Lynn. The play is directed by Paul Bedard and Katie Palmer and produced by Kathryn Appleton and Theater in Asylum. Rounding out the production team are Hilarie Spangler (Community Engagement), Charlotte Dow (Marketing and Publicity) and Fatemata Krubally (Ticketing and Front of House Management).
A very limited number of tickets for Occupy Prescott are on sale now at theaterinasylum.com. All performances will take place in Jalopy Tavern’s outdoor patio with contingencies in place for inclement weather. Audience members must show proof of vaccination to enter Jalopy Tavern and must wear a face-covering throughout the duration of the performance.
Occupy Prescott is presented as part of the City Artist Corps Grants program, presented by The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA), with support from the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) as well as Queens Theatre. The program is funded by the $25 million New York City Artist Corps recovery initiative announced by Mayor de Blasio and DCLA earlier this year. The grants are intended to support NYC-based working artists who have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.
What: Occupy Prescott by Andy Boyd
When: October 16,17, 23, 24, 30 and 31 at 3 PM
Where: Jalopy Tavern, 317 Columbia Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231
Tickets: $20 General Admission, $30 Hero Admission, $10 Student/Artist/Low Income Admission. All performances will have a $0 ticket option and all tickets to the first performance on October 16th are FREE.
About Theater in Asylum
Theater in Asylum (TIA) is a New York-based theater company founded in 2010 to challenge and empower its community. TIA joyfully pursues rigorous research and an ensemble-driven approach to theater-making to create performances that investigate our past, interpret our present, and imagine our future. TIA prizes space to process, space to question—asylum—for its members and community. Past TIA productions include Hephaestus by Willie Johnson at LPAC’s Rough Draft Festival; Totally Wholesome Foods by Alice Pencavel at the Episcopal Actors’ Guild; The Brontës by Katie Palmer, Lucas Tahiruzzaman Syed and Sarah Ziegler at Brooklyn’s Old Stone House; and ¡Olé!, conceived and directed by Paul Bedard, presented at the Prague, Rochester, and Chicago Fringe Festivals. Other ongoing TIA projects include The Debates, a series of plays inspired by local and national elections, the Cold Readings series and TIA’s Cabarets.
Marketing & Publicity, Occupy Prescott
Theater in Asylum (TIA) is a New York-based theater company founded in 2010 to challenge and empower our community. TIA joyfully pursues a rigorous research and an ensemble-driven approach to theater-making. We create performances to investigate our past, interpret our present, and imagine our future. We prize space to process, space to question—asylum—for ourselves and our community.