Donate Funds to Ritual Art Troupe

Currently, here are the ways to donate funds to the Ritual Art Troupe (you can also volunteer time or donate food, materials or equipment):

  • By check:
    The best way to donate to the Ritual Art Troupe (no fees) is to write a check to “Ritual Art Troupe” and mail it to:

    Ritual Art Troupe
    304 Winfield Street
    San Francisco, CA 94110-5512
    USA

  • By credit card:





    You can also donate using a credit card on PayPal (fee is 2.2% + $0.30) by clicking on the Donate button above. This table shows some examples (using “non-profit” PayPal fees on this website):

    Gross Donation Fixed Fee % Fee Net Donation
    $5.42 $0.30 $0.12 $5.00
    $10.54 $0.30 $0.23 $10.01
    $51.44 $0.30 $1.13 $50.01
    $102.56 $0.30 $2.26 $100.00
    $511.56 $0.30 $11.25 $500.01

    Project designation:

    If you would like your donation to go to a specific project of the Ritual Art Troupe, such as Orchestra of the Moon, The Opus Project, Theatre Makers Meetup, or True of Voice, please write the project name on the memo line of your check or, after you click on the Donate button above, type in the project name “If restricted, please specify project:” field.

  • Affiliate program:

    Donation receipt:

    If you would like to receive a receipt for your donation, please include a note with your legal name (used with the IRS) and email address.

    Donor recognition:

    If you would like to be recognized as a donor on our website, please email us giving us permission to do so and specifying the name under which you would like to be recognized.

    Tax deduction:

    Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by U.S. law as indicated by our IRS 501c3 tax exemption letter.

Early Drafts of New Woodblock Prints for Orchestra of the Moon

Here are a few examples of some quick drafts I recently made of blockprint art related to my new project, The Orchestra of the Moon.  Blockprint is a new art form to me, and the lettering is especially tricky, yet I kind of like the results.  It was fun to just start carving stuff on an old piece of wood and see what happened.  I now have a better idea of how I want the design and lettering to go together.

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The horizontally oriented design was the first one (you can see the lettering was really scratchy and faint.)  Still, I think I like it the best, and will use it as the basis for another, more serious block in the near future.

The two vertically oriented images represent two different stages of carving on the same block; the face came first, and then I carved it out to just show a full moon.  The face was a little too goofy for me, whereas the face in the first block has a slightly benign, slightly eerie quality that I thought was nice for the Man in the Moon.

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The Orchestra of the Moon is a Portland-based early music band,  which was started as the house orchestra for my puppet theatre, as well as to bring the joy of early music to audiences who might not otherwise be exposed to it, for example, the pub crowd.

Of Serpents and Sea Spray

Brad Rubenstein and Stardust spent a lovely evening discussing theater over delicious food in an elegant setting with charming staff at the New Delhi Restaurant.

Stardust and Maharaja of Indore at New Delhi Restaurant

Then, we made our way over to the Custom Made Theatre for opening night of the world premiere of Rachel Bublitz’s “Of Serpents and Sea Spray“, a play about the strange and heroic journey of a girl, tormented by the loss of her parents, who eventually manages to make sense of her life (directed by Ariel Craft).

Stardust and Brad at "Of Serpents and Sea Spray" Premiere

The Birth of the Ritual Art Troupe

The Ritual Art Troupe is the brainchild of Stardust Doherty and Jacob Breedlove, conceived as a vehicle for nurturing the creation and production of new art in whatever form.

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The name came to us as a result of a brainstorm during a three-day ride from Portland to San Francisco, visiting friends, family, and animal spirits in Eugene and Arcata with stops to check in with the ancestors at the Wolf Creek Radical Faerie Sanctuary and at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, which contains seven percent of all the old-growth redwoods left in the world, along the way.

Stardust at the Sanctuary

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