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, venues, 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.

Volunteer for Ritual Art Troupe

Ritual Art Troupe is seeking volunteers in the San Francisco Bay Area, 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 venue, 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
  • Sign Language Interpreters (ASL)
  • 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

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

Ritual Art Troupe Board Meeting on September 1, 2017

The Ritual Art Troupe held a board meeting at 11:00am on September 1, 2017, 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

Ritual Art Troupe Board Meeting on March 3, 2017

The Ritual Art Troupe held a board meeting at 11:00am on March 3, 2017, with Board Meeting Minutes for March 3, 2017.

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

Informal Discussion

  • Detailed Projects Discussion
  • Website
  • Donation Capability (Credit Cards, Online)
  • Contact / Email List
  • Other Items as Time Permits

Rag on a Stick Theatre completes the Camlann Festival Season

Puppeteers and musicians of the Rag on a Stick Theatre (Jacob Breedlove, Puppeteer, Aage Nielson and Laura Kuhlman, Musicians) were pleased to perform at the final festival of the summer season, September 24 and 25, 2016, in Carnation, Washington.

They performed the play “Why the Sea is Salt”, and also several sets of medieval music, to general acclaim.

Jacob Breedlove is now at work on another puppet play, an adaptation of the 15th century play “Everyman”.