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(917) 781-0009

Website

http://www.fiascotheater.com/2022-conservatory-applications

Facebook URL

http://www.facebook.com/fiascotheater

Organization Name

Fiasco Theater

Organization Description

FIASCO’S MISSION

Our mission is to offer dynamic, joyful, actor-driven productions, and the highest quality, accessible, affordable training for young theater artists.

ABOUT FIASCO

Fiasco Theater is an ensemble founded and run by actors. The co-artistic directors of Fiasco met in graduate school during the first years of the Brown/Trinity MFA acting program. We connected through discussing how actor training and collaboration work best; together, we sought to define what makes for the most effective, exciting rehearsal. At Brown we wore many hats in our collaborations, as actors, directors and writers. After school we wanted to keep working this way: as an ensemble of artists with a shared vocabulary and love of making great theater through dynamic rehearsal. Fiasco was born out of that desire.

We have a non-hierarchical leadership structure with 3 ADs sharing power; our classes and productions often have co-teachers and co-directors, modeling collaboration and multiple perspectives, inviting ensemble members to bring their holistic selves to the conversation.

Fiasco produces annual programming in four categories. – We are presented by partner theaters- We present stripped-down, actor-driven productions through our new series Without a Net–rescheduled to begin in 2021 due to COVID-19- We develop new work through year-round readings and workshops (free and open to the public)  – We conduct education programs, including Master Classes, our Free Training Initiative and our Conservatory program.

We believe in the power of ensemble.Storytelling is an act of collective imagination. When everyone in the room has investment and ownership of what is being made, we can create something that is more dynamic than one person could build on their own. We view the audience as an important and necessary part of the team – we join together to imagine together. We have a shared leadership structure with three Artistic Directors. Our classes and productions often have co-teachers and co-directors, modeling collaboration and multiple perspectives, inviting ensemble members to bring their holistic selves to the conversation.

We center actors.We strive to create rehearsal processes and educational spaces that put actors at the center of the work, giving them agency and empowering them to pursue growth bravely and safely. We reject the notion that art making or training should ever be equated to suffering.

We create accessible and supportive spacesWe reject an industry culture of discrimination, low-wages, unreasonable time-demands, and lack of support for artists. We prioritize living wages, financial aid, and a humane work schedule. We recognize that our industry systematically oppresses and disadvantages BIPOC artists, teachers, and students, and that Fiasco must do much more to translate these values into concrete antiracist systems in order to better support our BIPOC colleagues. We are beginning a process in January 2021, led by an incredible team of facilitators from Groundwater Arts, to interrogate our implicit and explicit values through a lens of community accountability and decolonization, ensuring that our future is built upon a foundation that is truly equitable in practice.

We pursue joy.Joy is a foundational part of everything we create and teach. Joy is also tangibly linked to our priority of paying artists a living wage and making training affordable for students; it is difficult to pursue this work joyfully if you cannot pay your rent. For an artist to create something meaningful for an audience and sustain a life long term, it is as important to cultivate pleasure as it is to build practical skills and acquire aesthetic techniques.

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Artforms & Experience

Biography

FIASCO’S MISSION

Our mission is to offer dynamic, joyful, actor-driven productions, and the highest quality, accessible, affordable training for young theater artists.

ABOUT FIASCO

Fiasco Theater is an ensemble founded and run by actors. The co-artistic directors of Fiasco met in graduate school during the first years of the Brown/Trinity MFA acting program. We connected through discussing how actor training and collaboration work best; together, we sought to define what makes for the most effective, exciting rehearsal. At Brown we wore many hats in our collaborations, as actors, directors and writers. After school we wanted to keep working this way: as an ensemble of artists with a shared vocabulary and love of making great theater through dynamic rehearsal. Fiasco was born out of that desire.

We have a non-hierarchical leadership structure with 3 ADs sharing power; our classes and productions often have co-teachers and co-directors, modeling collaboration and multiple perspectives, inviting ensemble members to bring their holistic selves to the conversation.

Fiasco produces annual programming in four categories. – We are presented by partner theaters- We present stripped-down, actor-driven productions through our new series Without a Net–rescheduled to begin in 2021 due to COVID-19- We develop new work through year-round readings and workshops (free and open to the public)  – We conduct education programs, including Master Classes, our Free Training Initiative and our Conservatory program.

We believe in the power of ensemble.Storytelling is an act of collective imagination. When everyone in the room has investment and ownership of what is being made, we can create something that is more dynamic than one person could build on their own. We view the audience as an important and necessary part of the team – we join together to imagine together. We have a shared leadership structure with three Artistic Directors. Our classes and productions often have co-teachers and co-directors, modeling collaboration and multiple perspectives, inviting ensemble members to bring their holistic selves to the conversation.

We center actors.We strive to create rehearsal processes and educational spaces that put actors at the center of the work, giving them agency and empowering them to pursue growth bravely and safely. We reject the notion that art making or training should ever be equated to suffering.

We create accessible and supportive spacesWe reject an industry culture of discrimination, low-wages, unreasonable time-demands, and lack of support for artists. We prioritize living wages, financial aid, and a humane work schedule. We recognize that our industry systematically oppresses and disadvantages BIPOC artists, teachers, and students, and that Fiasco must do much more to translate these values into concrete antiracist systems in order to better support our BIPOC colleagues. We are beginning a process in January 2021, led by an incredible team of facilitators from Groundwater Arts, to interrogate our implicit and explicit values through a lens of community accountability and decolonization, ensuring that our future is built upon a foundation that is truly equitable in practice.

We pursue joy.Joy is a foundational part of everything we create and teach. Joy is also tangibly linked to our priority of paying artists a living wage and making training affordable for students; it is difficult to pursue this work joyfully if you cannot pay your rent. For an artist to create something meaningful for an audience and sustain a life long term, it is as important to cultivate pleasure as it is to build practical skills and acquire aesthetic techniques.

Asset Map Address

PO 291 NYC 10276

Art Forms

Theatre

Primary Art Form

Theatre

Populations Experience

youth: 18-24, families/parents guardians, immigrant populations, LGBTQ+, teachers/educators