My first company was born in 2016, out of a corner of our neighborhood bar. My best friend and I called ourselves The Woolgatherers Theater Group and we sought to tell old stories in new ways with artists from a broad range of backgrounds, both artistic and personal.artistic methodologies and social communities. Despite shared undergraduate training, we had since pursued vastly different training, but shared a philosophy and passion for audience engagement, truthful storytelling, and a visceral experience.
P r o d u c i n g
As a producer, my job is to balance logistics and creativity in support of the artistic team. With The Woolgatherers, I managed fundraising campaigns ranging from $2,000 to $15,000 as well as marketing strategies that sold out numerous performances. And, as anyone in the theater knows, I picked up any and all bits and pieces that needed tending throughout the process, from hiring front of house staff to running out and buying ice myself. I also worked as an actor and producer, and learned a great deal from managing the two in tandem: prioritization, delegation, and self-awareness.
I stepped away from The Woolgatherers as a stronger leader, a more supportive team member, and a lifelong student of group dynamics and interpersonal communication. It brings me deep pleasure to bring artists together and help facilitate a shared creative process. I am currently applying these skills to the incumbent lanch of my next theater company -- more info soon to come!
Photos from 'Eyes of a Blue Dog,' 'Romeo and Juliet,' and 'Genesis 22.' The Woolgatherers Theater Group, NY. Photos by Ariella Axelbank and others.