mission

To produce plays, both new and canonical, that bolster the voices of marginalized persons in our contemporary world, and to strengthen the Cleveland theatre community by providing significant artistic opportunity to emerging artists.

values

mARGINALIZED voices

We are committed to producing work that centers and is written, performed, directed and designed by women, people of color, LGBTQ people, and other voices that have been speaking but have not been amplified.

artist development

As young and emerging artists ourselves, we believe in lending full support and opportunities to artists in a similar situation. To advance to the next phase of our careers, we believe that emerging artists need to be given significant professional opportunities beyond what can be achieved in an internship or assistantship. As such, we prioritize contracting these artists rather than established professionals.

risk-taking work

We believe strongly in the importance of work created in response to oppression and political turmoil. This work, often in the genres of horror and camp, is historically overlooked and deemed "too risky" for professional production. In an effort to amplify these important voices, we prioritize taking risks in all of our work, both scripted and devised.

staff

colin anderson

Co-Founder // Co-Executive Director

is a writer, director and producer who received his BA in Theatre and English with concentrations in directing and dramatic literature from Oberlin College, with highest honors. He specializes in queer theatre, in which he completed his undergraduate thesis. Directing credits include The Baltimore Waltz, Ordinary Days, Next to Normal, For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls (Oberlin College), I’m Alive You Bastards and I Always Will Be (Nightbloom), Unicorn Lost in NYC and a reading of Goodnight, Tyler (Dobama Theatre). Previous Assistant Director credits include 33 1/3, Ella Enchanted, Hand to God, Sherlock Holmes: The Baker Street Irregulars and The Effect (Dobama) as well as Omena (Cleveland Public Theatre) and Spring Awakening (Oberlin College); he also served as Production Manager for Marjorie Prime and When Farah Cries with Dobama, where he is currently General Manager.

casey venema

Co-Founder // Co-Executive Director

is a director, intimacy choreographer, actress, and deviser who graduated from Bucknell University with a degree in Theatre and Film/Media Studies. Recent directing credits include: You Can’t Take It With You, Emilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight, Willy Wonka Jr, Wildwood Park, Hearing Aid, Vicky Velocity and the Star Strikers and I’m Alive You Bastards and I Always Will Be. Casey was the 2018-19 Artistic Direction intern at Dobama Theatre and is a proud member of 100th Monkey Theatre Ensemble, a devising company focused on colliding ancient myth with the modern-day news cycle. 

@caseyvenem8 // caseyvenema.com

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