Become a financial
ReThink Theatrical hit pause on producing new work and connecting via social media this year, but we have been active and changing internally all year long. Over the last 6 months we took a major step back to think critically about who we are, what we stand for, and what the words “accessible theater for everyone” mean to us. ReThink Theatrical knows that we can no longer allow the work of equity and inclusion in the arts to fall to the bottom of our priority list. If we are bold enough to claim that the stories we tell are accessible for everyone, then we need to make this work our number one priority.
In the next phase of our growth as an organization, we are committed to reclaiming the meaning of “Community Theater.” ReThink Theatrical will be active in redefining community theater as a space of radical empathy. A space for people of all identities to see themselves respected and celebrated. A space where high-level decision making is given back to the people as a collective. A space where storytelling fosters healthy creativity, learning, and expression.
For the first time in our history, ReThink Theatrical has been able to actively seek out grants, sponsorships and larger donations. We are working to build enough revenue in 2021 to compensate creatives for their work - a crucial step in building pathways to the arts for many people in our community. Most community theaters do not pay their creative teams - we are working diligently to be one of the first in the state of New Jersey to do so.
If you are encouraged by the idea of community theater being driven by radical empathy, we hope you will consider giving to our organization so that we can keep moving forward despite the pandemic.
To learn more, please watch the video below from our Executive Director, Stephanie Bond.
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