Kari Barclay (he, his, him) is a director, playwright, and researcher completing his PhD in Theater and Performance Studies at Stanford University. Originally from Washington, DC, he has made work regionally and in New York at venues including the San Francisco Mime Troupe Studio, Round House Theater, and Manbites Dog. His original play, “Can I Hold You?”, was one of the first plays about asexuality performed in the U.S. and enjoyed runs in San Francisco and Brooklyn. Kari is a co-writer of the Theatre Maker play “20/20”. More at kari-barclay.com
To donate scripts of plays to the Ritual Art Troupe, please email us.
We are particularly seeking plays with social, political, economic, and environmental change (SPEEC) themes of whatever era and in whichever language.
We are specifically seeking scripts of the following plays:
- If We Must Live by Frank Greenwood
- Burn, Baby, Burn! by Frank Greenwood
- Brother Malcolm X by Frank Greenwood
- The Final Mission of Mother Jones by Frank Greenwood
- Martin Luther King: The True Story by Frank Greenwood
- Please Call Me Langston by Frank Greenwood
- Zora! by Frank Greenwood
- The Ferrer Play by Daud Mujais, Emile Khuri, et al.
- The Ferrer Play produced in Paris probably in 1909
- Ọbamoro by Duro Ladipọ (1962)
- Ọba Waja by Duro Ladipọ (1964)
- Suru Baba Iwa by Duro Ladipọ
- Tanimowo Iku by Duro Ladipọ
- Bode Wasinimi by Duro Ladipọ
- Plays from JOIN Community Union in the late 1960s, co-directed by Melody James and Little Dovie Thurman
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We are actively seeking donations of the following:
- Venue: free or low-cost performance locations open to the public
- Portable sound equipment: Countryman B3 Omni Lavalier Mic, Standard Sens, with 3.5mm Locking Connector for Sennheiser Wireless Transmitters, EW Series (quantity 3, assortment of beige, cocoa, and tan colors), Sennheiser EW 100 G4 Lavalier Wireless System with Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone (quantity 3), Kopul M3010 XLR M to XLR F Microphone Cable – 10′,3.0 m, Black (quantity 3), FocusRite 2I2 laptop input interface (quantity 1), Anchor Audio LIB2-COMP Liberty 2 Passive Companion Speaker (quantity 1), Kopul Studio Elite 4000 Series XLR M to XLR F Microphone Cable – 50′, 15.2 m, Black (quantity 1), Hosa Technology SKT-250 Speakon to Speakon Speaker Cable, 12 Gauge, 50′, (quantity 1), Anchor Audio SS-550 Heavy-Duty speaker stand (quantity 1), Auray SB-52SSB speaker stand bag (quantity 1), Anchor Audio SOFT-LIB rolling case (quantity 1), monitor speakers (2 small), Goal Zero Yeti 400 rechargeable battery (quantity 1), canned air bottles (to clean/dry mics)
- Portable lighting equipment: rechargeable LED spotlights
- Healthy vegan food and drinks for rehearsals and performances
- Muslin fabric rolls (Unbleached Wide Permanent Press Muslin preferred, like Roc-lon Style #5114) for set backdrops and costume design
- Large portfolio to carry flat props
- Curtain fabrics (for the portable theatre and home theatre, especially black velvet and scrim)
- Costumes (ask about current productions)
Jacob Breedlove (President/Executive Director, founding member, he/his/him)
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.
Stardust Doherty (Treasurer, founding member, ze/per/herm)
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. Stardust began directing plays with per Shakespeare adaptation “A Midwinter Afternoon’s Nightmare” and the original “Bush Faeries: The Musical” (2018) staged at Breitenbush Community Hot Springs winter radical faerie gatherings. Along the way, there was an agit prop production of “Occupy San Francisco Employee Retirement System” (2013) in response to the bankster housing crisis. Stardust is a co-writer with Iryna Lymar and director of the Theatre Maker plays “Animal Factory Farm” (2018) and “Ecopocalypse” (2018) and co-writer with Iryna Lymar of “You Too” (2019) and a co-writer with Kari Barclay and director of “20/20” (San Francisco Fringe Festival 2019 and San Francisco Free Library Tour 2020).
Matt (joined March 28, 2018, he/his/him)
Matt 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. Matt acted and served on the crew for the Theatre Maker plays “Animal Factory Farm” (2018) and “Ecopocalypse” (2018), and “20/20” (San Francisco Fringe Festival 2019).
Jean-Paul Jones (aka JP) (joined October 5, 2018, he/his/him)
JP has worked as a music director, actor, and countertenor at a variety of theaters and schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and greater Los Angeles. With a B.M. in Vocal Performance from California State University at Northridge, JP performed in the Al McNeal Jubilee Singers, the L.A. Opera Chorus, and the Pacific Mozart Ensemble during the first decade of the 20th century. During this decade, JP performed in Pacific Collegium, the Grace Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys, the Cathedral of Christ the Light Chorus, and still performs in the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra Chorus. Theater credits include the role of Jamie in “The Last Five Years” at the Moonlet Theater, Irving in “Babes at Arms”, an ensemble role in “No No Nanette”, and musical director roles for “Sweet Charity” at 42nd Street Moon, “Cabaret” at Abraham Lincoln High School, and “Seussical the Musical” at Mercy High School. JP has worked as music director of Young Performers Thatre and St. James School and recently starred in the West Edge Opera premiere of “Mata Hari”.
Iryna Lymar (Secretary, joined October 5, 2018, she/her/her)
Iryna was born in Ukraine, lived in China for 8 years, and eventually moved to California. She studied linguistics and speaks 4 languages: English, Chinese (Mandarin), Ukrainian, and Russian. While doing management and translation jobs in China, Iryna started exploring writing and the theater world. She wrote a compilation of stories about strangers called “Just some strangers on the way” (the book is registered in Ukraine) and a short script called “Robot Buddha”. She co-directed the “Robot Buddha” play in Shenzhen, China, in 2016. Besides that, she was an active member of improv group called “Planet Factory” and acted at monthly shows for a year. Now Iryna lives in San Francisco, teaches yoga and participates in local theater life. Iryna is a co-writer of the Theatre Maker plays “Animal Factory Farm” (2018), “Ecopocalypse” (2018) and co-writer and director of “You Too” (2019).
Emeritus Board Directors include the following:
- Mark Alburger (founding member, resigned March 2, 2018)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Ritual Art Troupe held a board meeting at 3:00pm on October 5, 2018, with Board Meeting Minutes here.
At the start of the meeting, the members of the RAT board were Jacob Breedlove, Stardust Doherty, and Matt.
The organization is actively seeking new board members and approved Jean-Paul Jones and Iryna Lymar as new board members.
The agenda for the board meeting was as follows:
- Call to Order and Introductions
- Quorum Check
- Review and Approve Agenda
- Review and Approve Prior Board Meeting Minutes
- Board Recruitment
- Project Review (brief)
- Finances (Banking, Past and Planned Donations/Grants and Expenses)
- Other Official Business
- Next Board Meeting
Here is the schedule of rehearsals and performances for the plays we Theatre Makers are presenting at the alternative climate summit in San Francisco in September (other meetings shown below):
- [done] Sunday, August 19: Rehearsal – 6pm start, 9pm end
- [done] Tuesday, August 21: Rehearsal – 7pm start, 10pm end
- [done] Saturday, August 25: Rehearsal – 2pm start, 5pm end (Anna excused)
- [done] Sunday, August 26: Rehearsal – 3pm start, 6pm end (Anna excused)
- [done] Tuesday, August 28: Rehearsal – 7pm start, 10pm end (Nadeem excused)
- [done] Saturday, September 1: Rehearsal in Pop-Up Theatre – 3pm start, 6pm end (Anna and Nadeem excused)
- [done] Sunday, September 2: Rehearsal in Pop-Up Theatre – 3pm start, 6pm end (Anna and Nadeem excused)
- [done] Tuesday, September 4: Rehearsal – 7pm start, 10pm end (Nadeem excused)
- [done] Wednesday, September 5: Dress Rehearsal – 4pm start, 7pm end
- [done] Friday, September 7: Final Dress Rehearsal – 7pm start, 10pm end
- [done] Saturday, September 8: Performances – 8am call, 10am start, 11am end, 1pm start (and loop and move until event ends as late as 6pm)
- [done] Sunday, September 9: Performance – 6pm call, 7pm start
- [done] Tuesday, September 11: Fundraiser Performance, 7pm call, 8pm start
San Francisco locations announced after you RSVP with your phone number and/or email address. Vegan food will be provided for the performers and crew at all rehearsals and performances. Please do not bring meat or pets to rehearsals and be prepared to remove your shoes on entry.
Other related meetings:
- [done] Sunday, August 12: Painting Party – 9am start, 4pm end
- [done] Thursday, August 23: Painting Party – 1pm start, 5pm end
- [done] Friday, August 24: Social Event – 5:30pm start, 7:30pm end
- [done] Wednesday, August 29: Painting Party – 11am start, 4:30pm end
- [done] Friday, August 31: Painting Party – 12pm start, 6pm end
- [done] Saturday, September 1: Props & Costume Party – 10am start, 1pm end
- [done] Monday, September 3: Props & Costume Party – 10am start, 4pm end
- [done] Wednesday, September 5: Painting Party – 10am start, 4:00pm end
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.
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
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.
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!
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.