Climate Summit Schedule of Rehearsals and Performances

Here is the schedule of rehearsals, performances, and other meetings for the plays we Theatre Makers are presenting at the alternative climate summit in San Francisco in September:

  • Saturday, August 18: Props Party – 10am start, 1pm end
  • Sunday, August 19: Costume Party – 10am start, 1pm end
  • Sunday, August 19: Rehearsal – 6pm start, 9pm end
  • Tuesday, August 21: Rehearsal – 7pm start, 10pm end
  • Friday, August 24: Social Event – 5:30pm start, 7:30pm end
  • Saturday, August 25: Props Party – 10am start, 1pm end
  • Sunday, August 26: Costume Party – 12pm start, 3pm end
  • Sunday, August 26: Rehearsal – 3pm start, 6pm end
  • Tuesday, August 28: Rehearsal – 7pm start, 10pm end
  • Saturday, September 1: Props & Costume Party – 10am start, 1pm end
  • Sunday, September 2: Rehearsal in Pop-Up Theatre – 3pm start, 6pm end
  • Tuesday, September 4: Rehearsal – 7pm start, 10pm end
  • Saturday, September 8: Performances – 8am call, 10am start, 11am end, 1pm start (and loop until event ends)
  • Through September 15: Possible additional performances TBA

Specific locations in San Francisco will be announced soon. Vegan food will be provided for the performers and crew at all rehearsals and performances.

Activist Artist Volunteer Opportunity

The Theatre Makers collective is seeking an artist (or artists) who want(s) to create a few theatre backdrops for the production of a short play called “Animal Factory Farm”. We are presenting the play as part of the alternative climate summit in San Francisco from September 8 to 14.

The backdrops involve a factory farm, an underwater scene, and a tropical forest.

(Another artist named Sam may need assistance designing backdrops for our “Ecopocalype” play and we need another artist for a play tentatively named “The New Normal” about desertification/drought/wildfires and sea-level rise/flooding/storms.)

We have the paint for tracing and painting the backdrops on muslin.

We are seeking an artist (or artists) who are comfortable with creating images, then helping to trace the images onto the large backdrops and paint them. We have other volunteers to help with the tracing and painting process.

The backdrops must be drafted quite soon (the next few days!) and completed in time for the painting party on Sunday, August 12.

It would be great if the artist (or artists) could join the painting party for all or most of that day.

Please email us if you are interested.

Theatre Makers Hits 100 Participants

Today, the Theatre Makers project hit a milestone of 100 participants!

We are very excited about the developments around the plays we are presenting for the alternative climate summit in San Francisco from September 8-15.

Theatre Maker participants Iryna and Stardust have co-written two plays:

  • Ecopocalype: dystopian farce about how class continues to affect the impacts of environmental change
  • Animal Factory Farm: fable chronicling how animals feel about the human impact on them and the climate

And we are working on co-creating another play:

  • not yet titled: concerning desertification / drought and sea-level rise / flooding

Popup theatre with red velvet front curtain on order.
Popup theatre with red velvet front curtain on order.
Artists Sam and Antonio are working on set designs and we have a Painting Party scheduled for August 12 to paint the set backdrops.

We have already received a portable black theatre tent and the fabric for a red velvet curtain is on the way, so we will have a sewing party to finish the curtain soon.

We still need to complete some of the costumes and props too, although we have been gathering lots of clear plastic for Ecopocalype already have a cow and a gorilla for Animal Factory Farm!

Finally, we still need volunteers and donations for all kinds of theatre-related positions and tasks, such as painting sets, sound equipment, lighting equipment, audience management (encouraging participation, handing out programs, etc.) at the shows, making props, making costumes, stage managing, and healthy vegan food, so please email us to volunteer or donate stuff. Donating funds would also be very helpful!

Seeking Actors for Climate Justice Plays in SF in September 2018

The Theatre Makers collective is seeking experienced or newbie actors eager to act in three new short plays which will premiere at the alternative climate summit in San Francisco on September 8, 2018.

The plays are “Ecopocalype” (a dystopian climate future punctuated by conflicts between the 1% and the 99%), “Animal Factory Farm” (a fable that explores the true-life impacts of animal consumption), and an as-yet-untitled play about desertification / drought and sea-level rise / flooding.

We will present the plays using our new pop-up portable theatre.

Main actors will need to be available for rehearsals through the end of August and the first week of September. Supporting actors, who will help with audience participation, gags, etc., will be able to participate with only a one or two rehearsal and performance commitment.

Please email us if you are interested.

Donate Food, Materials, or Equipment to Ritual Art Troupe

To donate food, materials, or equipment to the Ritual Art Troupe, please email us. (You can also donate funds or volunteer.)

We are actively seeking donations of the following:

  • Portable sound equipment: Allen and Heath ZED‑22FX Mixer, Countryman B3 wireless mics (8, various skin shades), Sennheiser wireless transmitters and receivers (6 of each), speakers (2 large), monitor speakers (2 small), power source (ideally rechargeable battery packs, will consider generator), rack mount and roller cases for all equipment, canned air bottles (to clean/dry mics)
  • Healthy vegan food and drinks for rehearsals and performances
  • Folding chairs, lightweight and portable
  • Muslin fabric (wide preferred) for set backdrops and costume design
  • Large portfolio to carry flat props

  • Curtain fabrics (for the portable theatre)
  • Costumes

Volunteer for Ritual Art Troupe

Ritual Art Troupe is seeking volunteers in San Francisco, California, Portland, Oregon, and just about anywhere for some types of volunteering. Email us to let us know you want to volunteer. (You can also donate funds or donate food, materials, or equipment.)

San Francisco Volunteer Opportunities

For Theatre Makers project:

  • Actors
  • Playwrights
  • Directors
  • Set designers
  • Costume designers
  • Prop makers
  • Sound engineers
  • Lighting designers
  • Stage managers
  • Stage hands
  • Transport and logistics
  • Video designers / videographers / photographers
  • Casting directors
  • Producers
  • Poets, Musicians, Composers, and Conductors
  • Dancers and Choreographers
  • Publicist
  • Program design, layout, and printing

Portland Volunteer Opportunities

  • Coming soon…

Anywhere Volunteer Opportunities

  • Fundraiser to research, write, and follow up on grant requests to foundations and other groups
  • Blogger to update website with the latest news

Ritual Art Troupe Board of Directors

Current Board

photo of Jacob BreedloveJacob Breedlove (founding member)
Jacob is a musician, puppeteer, artist and teacher, who is devoted to sharing his love of history and human culture, especially through performance and teaching. He is the founder and director of Rag on a Stick Theatre and the founder and co-director, with Laura Kuhlman, of Orchestra of the Moon, based in Portland, Oregon. Special areas of focus are: Medieval and Renaissance music, early dance and drama, puppetry, the construction, repair and playing of ancient musical instruments, particularly harpsichord, clavichord, hurdy-gurdy, vielle, viola da gamba, and capped reeds.

photo of Stardust at the SanctuaryStardust Doherty (founding member)
Stardust is a playwright, composer, musician (oboe and English horn), and English teacher. Stardust is focused on the True of Voice musical dance theatre production and is a co-organizer of the Theatre Makers Meetup, as well as other playwrighting and composing projects. Stardust serves on the Board of Directors of two other non-profit organizations: the Online Policy Group and the San Francisco Composers Chamber Orchestra. Stardust formerly worked at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Verified Voting Foundation, as well as at various high-tech companies during a prior career.

Matthew Hoe (joined March 28, 2018)
Matthew is a multimedia artist and virtual reality developer. He co-founded Virtual Bytes, an art, education and research collective creating virtual reality experiences and research that utilize neuroscience concepts to explore the mind/body connection. He is passionate about using his background in creative media and technology to develop virtual reality experiences that challenge our preconceptions about the world around us, and help us connect to each other in new ways.

Emeritus Board

Emeritus Board Directors include the following:

  • Mark Alburger (founding member, resigned March 2, 2018)

Join Us!

Ritual Art Troupe is always seeking new talent and experience for its Board of Directors. If you are interested or know someone who might be a good fit, please email

Orchestra of the Moon and Breedlove Puppet Theatre perform together for the first time

The charming town of Sherwood, Oregon, has for 62 years been the home of a civic celebration called Robin Hood Days.

On July 15th of this year, it also became to host to Orchestra of the Moon and the Breedlove Puppet Theatre, and the first-time collaboration of those two groups.

The band and the theatre joined forces for a production of “The Wicked Sacristan,” in which the orchestra played all the musical cues for the play.

This joining of musical and dramatic forces was the original concept of the puppet theatre, and many audience members commented on the “magical” quality that the large musical ensemble added to the play.

Notable, too,  was the contribution of Emma Rose, newest addition to the Breedlove Puppet Theatre, whose performance in the roles of Ydoin and the Miller were marvelled at by all, and whose general contributions to the smooth flow of the shows are unable to be expressed adequately here.  Many thanks!

And while thanks are being handed out, let’s also acknowledge Ben Neubauer for many contributions that day.

Great work, everyone, and

Ritual Art Troupe Board Meeting on March 2, 2018

The Ritual Art Troupe held a board meeting at 10:00am on March 2, 2018, with Board Meeting Minutes here.

Current members of the RAT board are Mark Alburger, Jacob Breedlove, and Stardust Doherty.

The organization is actively seeking new board members.

The agenda for the board meeting was as follows:

Official Business

  • Call to Order and Introductions
  • Quorum Check
  • Review and Approve Agenda
  • Review and Approve Prior Board Meeting Minutes
  • Project Review (brief)
  • Finances (Banking, Past and Planned Donations/Grants and Expenses)
  • Board Recruitment
  • Other Official Business
  • Next Board Meeting
  • Adjourn