True of Voice

True of Voice is a musical, dance, theater production in development. The story takes place in ancient Egypt and modern times.

For the ancient Egyptian scenes in the production, we plan to use musical instruments and costumes based on those of the period. We plan to recreate music and dance of the period to the best of our ability based on the historical evidence. We plan to create sets that evoke ancient Egyptian architecture, furnishings, and decor.

As the show develops, we will continue to publish updates here and on this site’s blog, as well as at the trueofvoice.com website.

True of Voice is a project of the Ritual Art Troupe, a 501c3 tax-exempt organization.

Please Donate (click here) (please specify “True of Voice” if you want your donation allocated to this project).

20/20 Crew & Admin Recruitment

Positions: Techs (Painters, Builders, Makers, Driver, Stage Hands), Prop Master, Costumer/Dresser, Marketer/Social Media Maven, Fundraiser, Sign Language Interpreters (ASL), Videographer, Artists/Graphic Designers

Play: “20/20” by Kari Barclay and Stardust Doherty

Synopsis: It’s 2020. The President has been re-elected, the climate is heating up, the economy in meltdown. In this satirical participatory performance, audience members choose the scenarios to stage: impeachment? a coup? a revolution? “20/20” asks what people power looks like in a time of vast uncertainty when even choosing to do nothing has consequences.

Artistic Director: Stardust Doherty
Stage Manager: Bert van Aalsburg*

Union: No – Compensation: Possibly a share of ticket sales and funraiser funds.  (We would love to pay artists living wages, but we are an entirely unpaid company, unless we receive grants or other contributions… we are all working for social justice!)

Performances: at least four, as part of the San Francisco Fringe Festival at the EXIT Theatre, 156 Eddy St, San Francisco: 5:30pm-8:30pm on September 7, 1:00pm-4:00pm on September 8, 7:30pm-10:30pm on September 11, 4:00pm-7:00pm on September 14, and an additional performance probably on September 15, 2019 (time TBA)

Commitment: 8 weeks and depending on role, twice weekly from July 30 to September 6, 2019, in San Francisco: 7pm-11pm Tuesdays, and 9am-7pm Saturdays (including set, props, and costume construction), plus performances dates above

Apply: Contact theatre-makers@ritualart.org with name, experience, and availability for performance and rehearsal dates/times. Appointments Available: flexible starting immediately

Show Website: http://ritualart.org/2020/

Tickets: $13 cash in person ($15.99 online tickets at https://20-20.brownpapertickets.com). Advanced purchase recommended due to limited seating.

Box Office: 415-673-3847 (for show information)

Company: Theatre Makers provides a common ground for those interested in dramatic and musical theatre, professional and amateur theater, commercial and non-profit theatre, including non-traditional theatrical events (performance art, pop-up theater, home theater, street theater, puppet shows, etc.) with activities including, for example:

  • Discussions of all aspects of theatre creation and production
  • Exchanging information on opportunities available
  • Collaboration on incubating audience participatory plays and musicals based on social, political, economic, and environmental change (SPEEC) themes​
  • Workshops of plays and musicals under development
  • Readings and staged readings of plays and musicals for educational and motivational purposes

This group particularly fosters events that are inclusive and affirming of people based on class, race/ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, (dis)ability, age, and other identities.

Company Website: http://ritualart.org/theatremakers/

Posting Updates: http://ritualart.org/wordpress/?p=1019

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* These Actors and Stage Managers appear with the special permission of Actors’ Equity Association.

20/20 Costumer/Dresser

Position: Costumer/Dresser, supervising the creation and acquisition of all Costumes for the “20/20” play production, including the following:

  • Construction/purchasing and finding of all costumes within the limitations of schedule and budgets
  • Generating pre-production costume lists
  • Responsibility for the strike and return of all costumes, whether rented or built
  • Responsibility for the maintenance and inventory of costumes in our storage space

The Costumer/Dresser works in close consultation with the Director, Tech, Set Designer, Prop Master, and other cast and crew.

Skills: Effective oral and written communication skills. Negotiating skills. Knowledge of theatrical building practices in soft goods, paper, wood, metal and of traditional and new materials. Mechanical skills in the use of hand and sewing machine. The ability to read and understand sewing patterns, design sketches, and the ability to produce working drawings. A problem solver, creative thinker, ability to work in a team environment. 

Physical Demands: Lift and carry materials weighing between 50 – 100 pounds. Physical activities such as, but not limited to, lifting, bending, standing, climbing, and/or walking. Ability to drive (with valid driver’s license). Involves getting dirty or dusty and being around paint fumes.

Inclusivity: sensitivity to and an understanding of the diverse socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of actors and crew, and to accommodating actors and crew with disabilities.

Play: “20/20” by Kari Barclay and Stardust Doherty

Synopsis: It’s 2020. The President has been re-elected, the climate is heating up, the economy in meltdown. In this satirical participatory performance, audience members choose the scenarios to stage: impeachment? a coup? a revolution? “20/20” asks what people power looks like in a time of vast uncertainty when even choosing to do nothing has consequences.

Artistic Director: Stardust Doherty

Crew:

  • Stage Manager, Techs (Painters, Builders, Makers, Driver, Stage Hands), Set Designer, Prop Master, Costumer/Dresser, Marketer/Social Media Maven, Fundraiser, Sign Language Interpreters (ASL), Videographer, Artists/Graphic Designers

Union: No

Compensation: Probably not (We would love to pay artists living wages, but we are an entirely unpaid company, unless we receive grants or other contributions… we are all working for social justice!)

Performances: at least four, as part of the San Francisco Fringe Festival at the EXIT Theatre, 156 Eddy St, San Francisco

  • 6pm-8pm on Saturday, September 7, 2019
  • 1:30pm-3:30pm on Sunday, September 8, 2019
  • 8pm-10pm on Thursday, September 11, 2019
  • 4:30pm-6:30pm on Saturday, September 14, 2019
  • Additional performances possible at other venues, depending on audience demand

Commitment: 2 months, twice weekly through September 6, 2019, in San Francisco: 7pm-11pm Tuesdays, and 9am-7pm Saturdays (inc. set, props, and costume construction), plus load-in and striking performances listed above in San Francisco

Apply:

  • Contact theatre-makers@ritualart.org with name, costume design experience, and availability for performance and build dates/times.
  • Appointments Available: flexible starting immediately

Show Website: http://ritualart.org/2020/

Tickets: $13 cash in person ($15.99 online tickets at https://20-20.brownpapertickets.com). Advanced purchase recommended due to limited seating.

Box Office: 415-673-3847 (for show information)

Company: Theatre Makers provides a common ground for those interested in dramatic and musical theatre, professional and amateur theater, commercial and non-profit theatre, including non-traditional theatrical events (performance art, pop-up theater, home theater, street theater, puppet shows, etc.) with activities including, for example:

  • Discussions of all aspects of theatre creation and production
  • Exchanging information on opportunities available
  • Collaboration on incubating audience participatory plays and musicals based on social, political, economic, and environmental change (SPEEC) themes​
  • Workshops of plays and musicals under development
  • Readings and staged readings of plays and musicals for educational and motivational purposes

This group particularly fosters events that are inclusive and affirming of people based on class, race/ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, (dis)ability, age, and other identities.

Company Website: http://ritualart.org/theatremakers/

Posting Updates: http://ritualart.org/wordpress/?p=922

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Just Writing Isn’t Enough…

I learned that just writing isn’t enough. If you want to write the plays you want and have them produced and performed how you want, you also have to learn how to direct, how to raise money, deal with the Arts Council, talk people into putting your plays on in their theatre, talk to the press, talk to the actors, talk to the audience afterwards and talk talk talk talk talk talk talk.

Bryony Levery, British playwright, on starting her own women’s theatre company

It’s Difficult to See the Light…

We knew how to protest, to “fuck the system,” but not what to do! In the earlier issue plays, it was easy. It always is when you’re just reacting or protesting; especially for the children of a declining empire where images and analyses of decadence, fear, and horror are easy to come by. But when you have to be constructive, build, be positive, have a vision, an answer — that’s hard. From where we sit, stuck in our times, it’s difficult to see the light — of how we might live, of joy, of the possibilities within us.

Michael Brown of The Pageant Players, Summer 1971

20/20 Prop Master

Position: Prop Master, supervising the creation and acquisition of all Properties (including furniture, set dressing, soft goods, hand props, stage weaponry, food, and ephemera) for the “20/20” play production, including the following:

  • Construction/purchasing and finding of all props within the limitations of schedule and budgets
  • Generating pre-production props lists
  • Responsibility for the strike and return of all props, whether rented or built
  • Responsibility for the maintenance and inventory of props in our storage space
  • Assist in dressing the set as needed

The Prop Master works in close consultation with the Director, Tech, Set Designer, Costumer/Dresser, and other cast and crew.

Skills: Effective oral and written communication skills. Negotiating skills. Knowledge of theatrical building practices in soft goods, paper, wood, metal and of traditional and new materials. Mechanical skills in the use of hand and power tools. The ability to read and understand floor plans, design sketches, construction plans and the ability to produce working drawings. A problem solver, creative thinker, ability to work in a team environment. 

Physical Demands: Lift and carry materials weighing between 50 – 100 pounds. Physical activities such as, but not limited to, lifting, bending, standing, climbing, and/or walking. Ability to drive (with valid driver’s license). Involves getting dirty or dusty and being around paint fumes.

Inclusivity: sensitivity to and an understanding of the diverse socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of actors and crew, and to accommodating actors and crew with disabilities.

Play: “20/20” by Kari Barclay and Stardust Doherty

Synopsis: It’s 2020. The President has been re-elected, the climate is heating up, the economy in meltdown. In this satirical participatory performance, audience members choose the scenarios to stage: impeachment? a coup? a revolution? “20/20” asks what people power looks like in a time of vast uncertainty when even choosing to do nothing has consequences.

Artistic Director: Stardust Doherty

Crew:

  • Stage Manager, Techs (Painters, Builders, Makers, Driver, Stage Hands), Set Designer, Prop Master, Costumer/Dresser, Marketer/Social Media Maven, Fundraiser, Sign Language Interpreters (ASL), Videographer, Artists/Graphic Designers

Union: No

Compensation: Possibly a share of ticket sales and funraiser funds. (We would love to pay artists living wages, but we are an entirely unpaid company, unless we receive grants or other contributions… we are all working for social justice!)

Performances: at least four, as part of the San Francisco Fringe Festival at the EXIT Theatre, 156 Eddy St, San Francisco

  • 5:30pm-8:30pm on Saturday, September 7, 2019
  • 1:00pm-4:00pm on Sunday, September 8, 2019
  • 7:30pm-10:30pm on Thursday, September 11, 2019
  • 4:00pm-7:00pm on Saturday, September 14, 2019
  • An additional performance probably on September 15, 2019 (time TBA)

Commitment: 2 months, twice weekly through September 6, 2019, in San Francisco: 7pm-11pm Tuesdays, and 9am-7pm Saturdays (inc. set, props, and costume construction), plus load-in and striking performances listed above in San Francisco

Apply:

  • Contact theatre-makers@ritualart.org with name, prop design experience, and availability for performance and build dates/times.
  • Appointments Available: flexible starting immediately

Show Website: http://ritualart.org/2020/

Tickets: $13 cash in person ($15.99 online tickets at https://20-20.brownpapertickets.com). Advanced purchase recommended due to limited seating.

Box Office: 415-673-3847 (for show information)

Company: Theatre Makers provides a common ground for those interested in dramatic and musical theatre, professional and amateur theater, commercial and non-profit theatre, including non-traditional theatrical events (performance art, pop-up theater, home theater, street theater, puppet shows, etc.) with activities including, for example:

  • Discussions of all aspects of theatre creation and production
  • Exchanging information on opportunities available
  • Collaboration on incubating audience participatory plays and musicals based on social, political, economic, and environmental change (SPEEC) themes​
  • Workshops of plays and musicals under development
  • Readings and staged readings of plays and musicals for educational and motivational purposes

This group particularly fosters events that are inclusive and affirming of people based on class, race/ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, (dis)ability, age, and other identities.

Company Website: http://ritualart.org/theatremakers/

Posting Updates: http://ritualart.org/wordpress/?p=900

Please share this notice with anyone who might be interested.

20/20 Set Designer

Position: The Set Designer is responsible for developing an innovative and original set of design drawings for the “20/20” play production that include the following:

  • Basic ground plan showing all scenic elements
  • Section of the stage space incorporating all elements
  • Front elevations of every scenic element

This will involve a close reading of the script and consultations with the Director, Tech Director, Prop Designer, Costume Designer, and other cast and crew.

Portability: Due to requirements of staging at the San Francisco Fringe Festival (15 minutes to load in and 15 minutes to strike), portability is a crucial design element for this production. We are considering design and construction of a large, portable, re-useable “cranky” to display and cycle through painted muslin backdrops on a continuous roll.

Experience: practical work experience in set design, including working knowledge of construction, lighting design, stage rigging, audio and sound reinforcement, stage management/or production management, and professional standards of stage safety.

Skills: Effective oral and written communication skills. Negotiating skills. The ability to read and understand floor plans, design sketches, construction plans and the ability to produce working drawings.

Physical Demands: Lift and carry materials weighing between 50 – 100 pounds. Physical activities such as, but not limited to, lifting, bending, standing, climbing, and/or walking. Ability to drive (with valid driver’s license). Involves getting dirty or dusty and being around paint fumes.

Inclusivity: sensitivity to and an understanding of the diverse socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of actors and crew, and to accommodating actors and crew with disabilities.

Play: “20/20” by Kari Barclay and Stardust Doherty

Synopsis: It’s 2020. The President has been re-elected, the climate is heating up, the economy in meltdown. In this satirical participatory performance, audience members choose the scenarios to stage: impeachment? a coup? a revolution? “20/20” asks what people power looks like in a time of vast uncertainty when even choosing to do nothing has consequences.

Artistic Director: Stardust Doherty

Crew:

  • Stage Manager, Tech Director, Set Designer, Prop Designer, Costume Designer, Marketing Manager, Fundraiser, Logistics Manager, Sign Language Interpreters (ASL), Videographer, Graphic Designer, Painters, Builders, Makers, Stage Hands, Movers, Shakers

Union: No

Compensation: Possibly a share of ticket sales and funraiser funds. (We would love to pay artists living wages, but we are an entirely unpaid company, unless we receive grants or other contributions… we are all working for social justice!)

Performances: at least four, as part of the San Francisco Fringe Festival at the EXIT Theatre, 156 Eddy St, San Francisco

  • 5:30pm-8:30pm on Saturday, September 7, 2019
  • 1:00pm-4:00pm on Sunday, September 8, 2019
  • 7:30pm-10:30pm on Thursday, September 11, 2019
  • 4:00pm-7:00pm on Saturday, September 14, 2019
  • An additional performance probably on September 15, 2019 (time TBA)

Commitment: 2 months, twice weekly through September 6, 2019, in San Francisco: 7pm-11pm Tuesdays, and 9am-7pm Saturdays (inc. set, props, and costume construction), plus load-in and striking performances listed above in San Francisco, in San Francisco

Apply:

  • Contact theatre-makers@ritualart.org with name, set design experience, and availability for performance and build dates/times.
  • Appointments Available: flexible starting immediately

Show Website: http://ritualart.org/2020/

Tickets: $13 cash in person ($15.99 online tickets at https://20-20.brownpapertickets.com). Advanced purchase recommended due to limited seating.

Box Office: 415-673-3847 (for show information)

Company: Theatre Makers provides a common ground for those interested in dramatic and musical theatre, professional and amateur theater, commercial and non-profit theatre, including non-traditional theatrical events (performance art, pop-up theater, home theater, street theater, puppet shows, etc.) with activities including, for example:

  • Discussions of all aspects of theatre creation and production
  • Exchanging information on opportunities available
  • Collaboration on incubating audience participatory plays and musicals based on social, political, economic, and environmental change (SPEEC) themes​
  • Workshops of plays and musicals under development
  • Readings and staged readings of plays and musicals for educational and motivational purposes

This group particularly fosters events that are inclusive and affirming of people based on class, race/ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, (dis)ability, age, and other identities.

Company Website: http://ritualart.org/theatremakers/

Posting Updates: http://ritualart.org/wordpress/?p=893

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20/20 Tech

Position: The primary duty of the Tech is the coordination of all scenic activities (scenery construction, painting, and props) for the “20/20” play including the following:

  • Producing working drawings
  • Determining the production expenses of projects given the designer drawings, the number of workers available and their level of skill, and the time frame for completion
  • Negotiating alternatives with the director and set designer
  • Refining the production/construction calendar
  • Overseeing and managing the scenic budget
  • Recruiting and overseeing the running crew

This will involve a close reading of the script and consultations with the Director, Stage Manager, Prop Master, Costumer/Dresser, and other cast and crew.

Experience: practical work experience in technical production from pre-build to striking the set, including working knowledge of construction and set design, lighting design, stage rigging, audio and sound reinforcement, stage management/or production management, and professional standards of stage safety.

Skills: Effective oral and written communication skills. Negotiating skills. Mechanical skills in the use of hand and power tools. The ability to read and understand floor plans, design sketches, construction plans and the ability to produce working drawings.

Physical Demands: Lift and carry materials weighing between 50 – 100 pounds. Physical activities such as, but not limited to, lifting, bending, standing, climbing, and/or walking. Ability to drive (with valid driver’s license). Involves getting dirty or dusty and being around paint fumes.

Inclusivity: sensitivity to and an understanding of the diverse socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of actors and crew, and to accommodating actors and crew with disabilities.

Play: “20/20” by Kari Barclay and Stardust Doherty

Synopsis: It’s 2020. The President has been re-elected, the climate is heating up, the economy in meltdown. In this satirical participatory performance, audience members choose the scenarios to stage: impeachment? a coup? a revolution? “20/20” asks what people power looks like in a time of vast uncertainty when even choosing to do nothing has consequences.

Artistic Director: Stardust Doherty

Crew:

  • Stage Manager, Techs (Painters, Builders, Makers, Driver, Stage Hands), Set Designer, Prop Master, Costumer/Dresser, Marketer/Social Media Maven, Fundraiser, Sign Language Interpreters (ASL), Videographer, Artists/Graphic Designers

Union: No

Compensation: Possibly a share of ticket sales and funraiser funds.  (We would love to pay artists living wages, but we are an entirely unpaid company, unless we receive grants or other contributions… we are all working for social justice!)

Performances: at least four, as part of the San Francisco Fringe Festival at the EXIT Theatre, 156 Eddy St, San Francisco

  • 5:30pm-8:30pm on Saturday, September 7, 2019
  • 1:00pm-4:00pm on Sunday, September 8, 2019
  • 7:30pm-10:30pm on Thursday, September 11, 2019
  • 4:00pm-7:00pm on Saturday, September 14, 2019
  • An additional performance probably on September 15, 2019 (time TBA)

Commitment: 2 months, twice weekly through September 6, 2019, in San Francisco: 7pm-11pm Tuesdays, and 9am-7pm Saturdays (inc. set, props, and costume construction), plus performances dates, in San Francisco

Apply:

  • Contact theatre-makers@ritualart.org with name, tech director experience, and availability for performance and build dates/times.
  • Appointments Available: flexible starting immediately

Show Website: http://ritualart.org/2020/

Tickets: $13 cash in person ($15.99 online tickets at https://20-20.brownpapertickets.com). Advanced purchase recommended due to limited seating.

Box Office: 415-673-3847 (for show information)

Company: Theatre Makers provides a common ground for those interested in dramatic and musical theatre, professional and amateur theater, commercial and non-profit theatre, including non-traditional theatrical events (performance art, pop-up theater, home theater, street theater, puppet shows, etc.) with activities including, for example:

  • Discussions of all aspects of theatre creation and production
  • Exchanging information on opportunities available
  • Collaboration on incubating audience participatory plays and musicals based on social, political, economic, and environmental change (SPEEC) themes​
  • Workshops of plays and musicals under development
  • Readings and staged readings of plays and musicals for educational and motivational purposes

This group particularly fosters events that are inclusive and affirming of people based on class, race/ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, (dis)ability, age, and other identities.

Company Website: http://ritualart.org/theatremakers/

Posting Updates: http://ritualart.org/wordpress/?p=883

Please share this notice with anyone who might be interested.

Theatre Makers Hits 200 Participants!

Today, the Theatre Makers project hit a milestone of 200 participants!

Please join the Theatre Makers meetup to hear about opportunities for participation in activities such as our Playwrights Circle, our Socials/Mixers, and of course our productions, such as these upcoming plays:

  • 20/20: seeking one lead actor plus stage manager and whole crew for the play in which the audience decides what to do once the U.S. President is re-elected
  • You Too: announcement soon about our community partners for this play about the #metoo movement, abuse, and healing
  • Where We Love / Donde Amamos: interviewing participants for shows in English and español to co-create this story of LGBTQ refugees and asylum seekers.