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RISE Sessions for Nonprofit Entrepreneurs

April 23rd, 2013

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Austin Creative Alliance, Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts, and Capitol View Arts present an afternoon of RISE sessions created for nonprofit entrepreneurs.

 

When:  Thursday, May 16, 2013, Noon to 6pm

Where:  Highland Mall, 6001 Airport Blvd. Ste 2280A Austin, TX 78752 (use north entrance to Highland Mall)

These sessions are part of RISE Austin.  Sessions are limited to 25 participants. 

Sign up on the RISE Austin website at http://www.riseglobal.org/cities/austin-2013

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Session 1

Sharing Your Vision:  Creating a Nonprofit Organization

12:00 Noon

Is a nonprofit the right business model for your vision?  Join Erin Rodgers, staff attorney for Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts, for a discussion of how to form a nonprofit corporation in Texas and achieve IRS charitable designation.

The session will cover:

  • What is a charitable organization?  Is it right for your purpose?
  • Filing procedures
  • Tax exempt organization responsibilities
  • Articles of incorporation and bylaws
  • Bookkeeping and tax issues
  • Organizational meetings
  • Board of Directors duties

Takeaways:

  • A determination if a nonprofit structure the correct business entity for your endeavor
  • Next steps on how to file with the Secretary of State and the IRS
  • Costs associated with filing for nonprofit status

About the Presenter

Erin Rodgers

Staff Attorney, Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts

Attorney, Law Office of Al Staehely, Jr

As a member of the State Bar of Texas, Erin is currently the staff attorney for Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts.  For the past 4 years she has worked with Texas individuals, arts nonprofit organizations, and volunteer attorneys to provide valuable legal services for Texas’ artists of all disciplines.  In addition to her work with TALA, she is an attorney at the Law Office of Al Staehely, Jr., practicing all aspects of entertainment law.

Erin holds a J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center and a Bachelors in Music Business from Loyola University.

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Session 2

Getting Started in Online Fundraising

2:00 PM

Do you feel lost or confused when it comes to online fundraising? Do you know you should be raising money online, but don’t know where to start?  If you answered “yes” to either of these questions then join nonprofit consultant, Richard Dietz, for this informative session and learn how to start raising money online.

The session will cover:

  • Overview of online fundraising
  • Importance of a strong foundation
  • How to create a Fundraising Campaign
  • Basics of email marketing
  • Getting your first donations

Takeaways:

  • The core components you need to create a successful online fundraising campaign
  • Best practices with online fundraising and how to use them in your organization
  • An action plan to help you get started today

About the Presenter

Rich Dietz

Founder, Nonprofit R+D

Rich began his nonprofit career when he was the director of a mentoring organization in college. He has spent the last 20+ years working both in and with a wide variety of nonprofit, political, and government organizations as well as technology companies focused on the nonprofit sector, including Convio, KIMBIA and Sage Nonprofit.

It is this unique background and experience – working directly in nonprofit organizations AND working on the technology side – that allows him to better understand and assist nonprofit organizations with their technology needs.

Richard holds a M.S.W. from the University of California – Berkeley as well as a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA.

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Session 3

Writing Powerful Grants

4:00 PM

Want to know how to produce a successful grant proposal?  Join two grant professionals, Jesus Pantel, from the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division and Tonya Pennie, from the Bullock Texas State History Museum as they discuss what makes grant proposals stand out and receive funding.  Collectively, Tonya and Jesus possess over 30 years of grantwriting experience.

The session will cover:

  • Writing a narrative or project plan (defining outcomes)
  • Proving a need for service
  • Developing and presenting a budget
  • Evaluation and performance measures
  • Determining the funding request
  • Supporting documentation and materials

Takeaways:

  • Tips on how to create template documents that can be adjusted for various grant proposals
  • Budgeting hints for staffing, marketing, dministrative costs, and more
  • What items usually do and do not get funded

About the Presenters

Jesus Pantel

Grants Coordinator, City of Austin Cultural Arts Division

Through his work with the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division, Jesus has reviewed thousands of grant proposals during his 9 years with the department.  He is the administrator of $4-$6 million in award funding to over 200 contractors per year.

As a theatre artist turned arts administrator with experience on both sides of the grant writing process, Jesus has successfully written grants that have resulted in awards at the local, state, and national levels. He has also been a grant reviewer for the Cities of Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, and Houston as well as the Texas Commission on the Arts.

Jesus received a Masters Degree in Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon University and a BA in Theatre Arts and History from Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

 

Tonya Pennie

Grant Writer, Bullock Texas State History Museum

Company Manager, former Interim Artistic Director Lannaya African Drum & Dance Ensemble

Tonya is a grants professional with 20 plus years experience in successfully shepherding grants from inception to procurement of funds. Her expertise includes helping nonprofit entities in all aspects of the grants process including grant writing, prospect research, needs assessment, record-keeping, grant reports, invoicing, and contract compliance.

As a dancer and administrator with Lannaya African Drum and Dance Ensemble, Tonya has managed all aspects of the nonprofit’s grant process as well as worked on the artistic side as a performer and director.  Previous experience also includes 10 years with the Cultural Arts Council of Houston and Harris County as a Grants & Technical Assistance Coordinator, where she managed nearly $8 Million in grants annually to concurrent, multiple grant programs to 100+ local artists and 150+ nonprofits.

Tonya currently serves as a grant reviewer for the cities of Houston, Austin, and the Texas Commission on the Arts.  She received a BA in Telecommunication from Texas Southern University.

The Art of Taxes: Individual Tax Seminar for Artists with Jewel Arrington

March 14th, 2013

The Art of Taxes: Individual Tax Seminar for Artists with Jewel Arrington presented by Austin Creative Alliance with AmeriCorps Vista and Texas Accountants & Lawyers for the Arts

Monday, March 25

6:30pm-8:30pm

AT&T Conference Room in The Long Center

Structured with artists in mind, this seminar is designed to walk you through your tax return, addressing common concerns artists have about hobby loss, expenses that can and cannot be deducted, and other important IRS regulations pertaining to creative practices.

Topics Covered:
What it means to be self-employed/independent contractor
What the self-employment tax is and how it is paid
Working solo vs. being in a partnership
Keeping records of income and expenses
Which expenses are deductible
What to bring to prepare your taxes
Estimated tax payments

About Jewel Arrington, J.D., Financial Advisor

Jewel received a B.A in English from Centenary College of Louisiana in 1975 and then a J.D., with High Honors from The University of Texas School of Law in 1981. After law school, Jewel practiced tax and securities law for several years in Austin, taught tax law as an adjunct professor at the UT law school, and served as the executive director of a non-profit organization. She left the workforce to be a stay-at-home mom when her children were young. During that time, she experienced the wide array of financial issues facing all families, including dealing with aging parents, children’s schooling and retirement planning. As she considered returning to work, her interest in personal finance led her to the Financial Planning Certificate Program at the University of Texas, which she completed in 2008. After having her own financial planning firm, Jewel joined Per Stirling in 2012.

Jewel is 2013 president of the Austin chapter of the Financial Planning Association, and she previously served as the chapter’s Pro Bono Director. Jewel is a candidate for certification by the CFP Board. She is a volunteer financial coach and tax return preparer for Foundation Communities (www.foundcom.org), a local non-profit organization that provides affordable housing to low and moderate income individuals and families, and she will be happy to tell you about the good work of that organization. Jewel enjoys reading, running at Lady Bird Lake, and spending time with her husband, Paul Van Osselaer, and their adult children.

Austin Creatives’ Day!

March 14th, 2013

Join Foundation Communities on March 20th as we prepare taxes for free for Austin’s creative community! We will have a live band and plenty of resources available for musicians, filmmakers, dancers, artists, and anyone else who Keeps Austin Weird. Make sure to bring a photo ID, your Social Security card, documentation of your income and any documentation of expenses from your creative career. Our IRS-certified volunteer tax preparers can help families and individuals making up to $50,000 annually, so stop by for festivities, fun and filing taxes! More about our free tax prep services at http://CommunityTaxCenters.org/.

Raising Creative

October 2nd, 2012

Austin Creative Alliance has been helping build strong arts organizations and empowering creatives in Austin since 1981.

We all enjoy a vital, creative Austin full of arts, music, food trailers and festivals. We live here for the thriving scenes and incredible number of experiences available. Visitors flock here for our music, scenery and festivals throughout the year.

Right now, Austin Creative Alliance (ACA) is focused on raising that level of creative collaboration for everyone. Our Board of Directors has announced a $15K Match to support the development of an online community space for creative collaboration.  Raising Creative is our campaign to raise $30K by October 30th in support of this goal.

Help us support the Austin we all want to live in. Join the Austin Creative Alliance’s Legion of Givers for Raising Creative.

ACA is always listening to the community and bringing groups together to resolve issues. As Austin grows, finding ways to work together to create what makes Austin special becomes increasingly difficult. ACA has identified three barriers: time, knowledge, and connection. An online community built specifically for Austin’s creatives will increase the quality, quantity, and economic impact of the sector, and everyone benefits!

The creative industries in Austin generate over $4.35 billion each year for the local economy. ACA wants to protect and grow this cornerstone of our economy with an online collaborative tool. Raising Creative will help ACA foster deeper levels of local creative collaboration, building even more social and economic transactions within our creative community. We’ll keep that number strong and help it grow with this exciting new initiative, as well as provide the tools and connections for our creative community.

Austin Creative Alliance’s mission is to advance, connect and advocate for all Austin’s creative communities to promote the quality of life and economic prosperity of Central Texas.

Join the Austin Creative Alliance’s Legion of Givers for Raising Creative

Mayoral & City Council Candidate Forum

April 13th, 2012

Austin Creative Alliance,  Austin Music People, and Texas Accountant and Lawyers for the Arts of Central Texas

Invite you to attend a conversation with the City of Austin Mayoral and Council Candidates on the evening of April 30th, focusing on the issues related to Austin’s Creative Sector.

Agenda:

5:30-6pm Happy Hour: Mix, Mingle, and share a beverage with your community and candidates

6:00-7:30 Candidate Forum

7:30– Decamp to Discuss, Location TBA

Please post any questions or topics you would like to have considered at the forum on the event wall on our Facebook Page. We’d like to know what current arts and cultural issues you are interested in having addressed!

Use these guidelines when posting your questions:

~Be concise
~Be respectful
~Speak from experience
~Do your research

Let us know that you are coming. We hope to see you there!

And the 2011 B. Iden Award goes to…

October 31st, 2011

2011 Austin Creative Alliance Special Honoree

Outstanding Contribution to Austin Theatre

Latifah Taormina

Latifah Taormina, 2011 Outstanding Contribution to Austin Theatre

PLAYS FOR YOUTH

Outstanding Production of a Play for Youth

A Year With Frog and Toad Summer Stock Austin

Outstanding Direction of a Play for Youth

Rudy Ramirez The Physicists

Outstanding Performer in a Play for Youth

David Meissner (Momo, Henry, Man, Watch Seller, Jean-Paul) The Adventures of Iris and Momo

MUSIC THEATRE

Outstanding Production of Music Theatre

I’ve Never Been So Happy Rude Mechanicals and Center Theatre Group

Outstanding Direction of Music Theatre

Thomas Graves and Lana Lesley I’ve Never Been So Happy

Outstanding Lead Actor in Music Theatre

Andrew Cannata (Austin) I Love You Because

Outstanding Lead Actress in Music Theatre

Haley Smith (Marcy) I Love You Because

Outstanding Featured Actor in Music Theatre

Brian Coughlin (Edna Turnblad) Hairspray

Outstanding Featured Actress in Music Theatre

Janis Stinson (Motormouth Maybelle) Hairspray

COMEDIES

Outstanding Production of a Comedy

The Dudleys!: A Family Game TUTTO Theatre Company

Outstanding Direction of a Comedy

Gary Jaffe The Dudleys!: A Family Game

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy

Shelby Davenport (Jack Tanner) Man and Superman

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy

Lauren Lane (Barbara Fordham) August: Osage County

Outstanding Featured

Actor in a Comedy

Michael Stuart (Charlie Aiken) August: Osage County

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Comedy

Chris Humphrey (Nanna) MilkMilkLemonade

DRAMAS

Outstanding Production of a Drama

Frankenstein: The Trouble Puppet Show Trouble Puppet Theater Company

Outstanding Direction of a Drama

Connor Hopkins Frankenstein: The Trouble Puppet Show

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama

Justin Scalise (Hamlet) Hamlet [Scottish Rite Theatre and Black Swan Events]

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama

Babs George (Martha) Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Drama

Travis Dean (Baylor) A Lie o

f the Mind

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Drama

Rebecca Robinson (Beth) A Lie of the Mind

GENERAL CATEGORIES

Outstanding Set Design

Ia Ensterä Here Comes Gosling!

Outstanding Light Design

Natalie George Baal

Outstanding Sound Design

Leegrid Stevens The Dudleys!: A Family Game

Outstanding Costume Design

Susan Branch Towne Hairspray

Outstanding Music Direction

Chris Humphrey The Elementals: AIR

Outstanding Dance Choreography

Melinda Rebman and Zenobia Taylor The Dudleys!: A Family Game

Outstanding Fight Choreography

Travis Dean Hunter Gatherers

Outstanding Original Script

Leegrid Stevens The Dudleys!: A Family Game

Outstanding Original Score

Leegrid Stevens The Dudleys!: A Family Game

Outstanding Media Design

Dan Monceaux, Angela Hill, David Bengali, Jordan Rein, Josh Lampman, David Mauro, Camilo Munar and Jake Witlen The Dudleys!: A Family Game

Outstanding Puppetry

Frankenstein: The Trouble Puppet Show Trouble Puppet Theater Company

Outstanding Cast Performance

The Dudleys!: A Family Game TUTTO Theatre Company

Outstanding Ensemble Performance

Roderick Sanford and Joshua Denning (Tom Collins and Angel Dumont Schunard) RENT

Outstanding Young Performer

Joshua Michael Braun (Newton) The Physicists

Rudy Kloptik Award for Outstanding Work in Improvisational Theatre

Confidence Men The Institution Theater

Special Certificates

Biography of Physical Sensation – Rubber Repertory, Salvage Vanguard Theater, Rude Mechanicals and Fusebox Festival

I’ve Never Been So Happy: A Western Musical & Transmedia Shindig – Rude Mechanicals

B. Iden Payne Awards – Changes and Nominees Announced

September 30th, 2011

The B. Iden Payne Awards organizers and Austin Creative Alliance Monday evening jointly announced that—after 37 years as a special event of the Alliance—the B. Iden Payne Awards Council (BIPAC), has become a separate, sponsored nonprofit project of the Austin Creative Alliance.

The Council is comprised of a group of volunteers who remain focused on recognizing artistic excellence within the Austin theatre community, and will continue with creation and distribution of the nomination ballot for voting community members.

Marcy Hoen, Interim Executive Director of Austin Creative Alliance says, “We are so proud that this venerable Austin tradition, which has been woven into our own history as an organization, has now grown to the point where it can spin off into its own, distinct organization.” She adds, “We look forward to many years of collaboration with the Council.”

BIPAC on Monday also announced the nominees and details for the October 24th Awards ceremony, which will be held at the State Theatre. List of nominees—on which members of the newly formed BIPAC can vote—are listed in full below.

Voting members will pay a small membership fee to BIPAC.  100% of membership fees will be used to fund the annual B. Iden Payne Awards ceremony, as well as cover administrative costs associated with creation and distribution of the nomination ballot each season.

To purchase tickets click here or  call 512.474.1221

The Nominees Are:

PLAYS FOR YOUTH

Outstanding Production

Here Comes Gosling! Pollyanna Theatre Company

Just So ZACH Performing Arts School

Monsters! kidsActing

The Physicists VORTEX Summer Youth Theatre

A Year With Frog and Toad Summer Stock Austin

Outstanding Direction

Dede Clark            Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Judy Matetzschk-Campbell            Here Comes Gosling!

Michael McKelvey            A Year With Frog and Toad

Rudy Ramirez            The Physicists

Adam Roberts            Just So

Outstanding Performer

Sophia Franzella (Mouse, Young Frog, Squirrel, Stumpy Tree)            A Year With Frog and Toad

Dylan Kittleman (Maurice)            Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Julie Linnard (Chunk, Admiral Pekin Duck)            Ducks vs. Squirrels: Battle for the Park

David Meissner (Momo, Henry, Man, Watch Seller, Jean-Paul)

The Adventures of Iris and Momo

MUSIC THEATER

Outstanding Production

Hairspray ZACH Theatre

Hillcountry Underbelly: A Pilgrimage on the Outskirts paper chairs

I Love You Because Penfold Theatre Company

I’ve Never Been So Happy Rude Mechanicals and Center Theatre Group

Urinetown: The Musical Summer Stock Austin

Outstanding Direction

Bonnie Cullum            The Elementals: AIR

Thomas Graves and Lana Lesley            I’ve Never Been So Happy

Michael McKelvey            I Love You Because

Michael McKelvey            Urinetown: The Musical

Dustin Wills            Baal

Outstanding Lead Actor

Andrew Cannata (Austin)            I Love You Because

Arthur DiBianca (Ko-Ko)            The Mikado

Zach Green (Leo Bloom)            The Producers

Tyler King (Officer Lockstock)            Urinetown: The Musical

Trevor McGinnis (Max Bialystock)            The Producers

Outstanding Lead Actress

Kylie Baker (Housewife)            di[verge]: an original play with songs

Elizabeth Newchurch (Julie Jordan)            Carousel

Brooke Shapiro (Tracy Turnblad)            Hairspray

Haley Smith (Marcy)            I Love You Because

Outstanding Featured Actor

Aaron D. Alexander (FunkBot)            Mighty Five’s Infinite Funk Odyssey

Brian Coughlin (Edna Turnblad)            Hairspray

Joey Hood (Ekart)            Baal

Tyler Mount (Roger Debris)            The Producers

Alejandro Rodriguez (Woof)            Hair

Outstanding Featured Actress

Chase Crossno (Svettka, Luise, Older Sister, Young Lady)            Baal

Amy Downing (Velma Von Tussle) [June 29-Aug. 28]            Hairspray

Amy Downing (Diana)            I Love You Because

Sophia Franzella (Little Sally)            Urinetown: The Musical

Janis Stinson (Motormouth Maybelle)            Hairspray

COMEDIES

Outstanding Production

August: Osage County ZACH Theatre

The Dudleys!: A Family Game TUTTO Theatre Company

Hunter Gatherers Capital T Theatre

An Englishwoman Abroad: Tea in Tripoli Austin Phoenix Productions & Bernadette Nason

Vigil Hyde Park Theatre

Outstanding Direction

Gary Jaffe            The Dudleys!: A Family Game

Mark Pickell            Hunter Gatherers

Dave Steakley            August: Osage County

Don Toner            Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps

Estevan J. “Chuy” Zarate            Dos Pocitos

Outstanding Lead Actor

Shelby Davenport (Jack Tanner)            Man and Superman

Owen Egerton (everyone)            The Other Side of Sleep

Robert Pierson (Ibsen)            Heddatron

Charles P. Stites (Kerr)            Chesapeake

Xaq Webb (Emory)            MilkMilkLemonade

Outstanding Lead Actress

Elizabeth Bigger (Janice)            Crumble (Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake)

Lana Dieterich (Violet Weston)            August: Osage County

Lauren Lane (Barbara Fordham)            August: Osage County

Bernadette Nason (herself)            An Englishwoman Abroad: Tea in Tripoli

Martina Ohlhauser (Victoria)            Too Many Husbands

Outstanding Featured Actor

Jon Wayne Martin (the men)            On the Verge

Rupert Reyes (Uile)            Dos Pocitos

Michael Stuart (Charlie Aiken)            August: Osage County

Jericho Thorp (Elliot)            MilkMilkLemonade

Mical Trejo (Mervyn)            A Behanding in Spokane

Outstanding Featured Actress

Jennifer Coy (Mary)            Cardigan

Jenny Gravenstein (Mac)            “The Thief of Tears”, Three Viewings

Chris Humphrey (Nanna)            MilkMilkLemonade

Breanna Stogner (women)            Down the Drain

Irene White (Ivy Weston)            August: Osage County

DRAMAS

Outstanding Production

Frankenstein: The Trouble Puppet Show Trouble Puppet Theater Company

Hedda Gabler Palindrome Theatre

A Lie of the Mind Capital T Theatre

Paradise Key a chick and a dude productions

Topdog/Underdog City Theatre Company

Outstanding Direction

Connor Hopkins            Frankenstein: The Trouble Puppet Show

Lisa Jordan            Topdog/Underdog

Melissa Livingston            Paradise Key

Christina J. Moore            Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Don Toner            The Trip to Bountiful

Outstanding Lead Actor

Collin Bjork (Equality 7-2521)            Anthem

Tom Green (Dr. Halb)            Paradise Key

Joey Hood (Jerry)            The Zoo Story

Ev Lunning, Jr. (George)            Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Justin Scalise (Hamlet)            Hamlet [Scottish Rite Theatre and Black Swan Events]

Outstanding Lead Actress

Mary Agen Cox (Carrie Watts)            The Trip to Bountiful

Dawn Erin (Ann Martin)            Defiant

Babs George (Martha)            Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Meredith McCall (Linda Waterman)            Fiction

Rebecca Robinson (Hannah Jelkes)            The Night of the Iguana

Outstanding Featured Actor

Aaron D. Alexander (Papi)            Fight

Travis Dean (Baylor)            A Lie of the Mind

Micah Goodding (Aaron McKinney, Stephen Belber)            The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later

Daniel Sawtelle (Slim)            Of Mice and Men

Jacob Trussell (DJ Snowstorm)            Flying

Outstanding Featured Actress

Shannon Grounds (Fool)            Lear

Sadé Jones (Lady in Green)

for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf

Julia Lorenz-Olsen (Ophelia)            Hamlet [Scottish Rite Theatre and Black Swan Events]

Rebecca Robinson (Beth)            A Lie of the Mind

Gricelda Silva (Bushy Tail)            Flying

GENERAL CATEGORIES

Outstanding Set Design

Ia Ensterä            Here Comes Gosling!

Lisa Laratta            Baal

Lisa Laratta            Heddatron

Anne McMeeking            Fight

Michael Raiford            August: Osage County

Outstanding Lighting Design

Kathryn Eader            Eurydice

Natalie George            Baal

Stephen Pruitt            Frankenstein: The Trouble Puppet Show

Stephen Pruitt            I’ve Never Been So Happy

Steven Shirey            Flying

Steven Shirey            Uncle Vanya

Outstanding Sound Design

the company            Baal

the Gunn Brothers            Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps

Buzz Moran            Heddatron

Justin Sherburn            Flying

Leegrid Stevens            The Dudleys!: A Family Game

Outstanding Costume Design

Dawn Allee, Pam Martin and Jennifer Davis

A Midsummer Night’s Dream [The Baron’s Men]

Glenda Barnes            Urinetown: The Musical

Ia Ensterä             Here Comes Gosling!

Pam Friday            MilkMilkLemonade

Susan Branch Towne            Hairspray

Outstanding Music Direction

Chris Humphrey            The Elementals: AIR

Michael McKelvey            I Love You Because

Michael McKelvey            Urinetown: The Musical

Allen Robertson            Hairspray

Michael “Thuso” Stevens            Ti-Jean and His Brothers

Outstanding Dance Choreography

Danny Herman and Rocker Verastique            Carousel

Robin Lewis            Hairspray

Ananda Mayi Moss and Sadé Jones

for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf

Melinda Rebman and Zenobia Taylor            The Dudleys!: A Family Game

Adam Roberts and Jennifer Young            Just So

Outstanding Fight Choreography

Travis Dean            Hunter Gatherers

Toby Minor            Lear

Outstanding Original Script

Trey Deason            Cardigan

Raul Garza            Dos Pocitos

Kirk Lynn            I’ve Never Been So Happy

Bernadette Nason            An Englishwoman Abroad: Tea in Tripoli

Leegrid Stevens            The Dudleys!: A Family Game

Outstanding Original Score

Adam Glasseye Beckley and Reverend Glasseye            Woyzeck

Rob Greenfield and Andy Tindall            Baal

Jerry Hagins, Jesse Gregg and Chris Peterson            A Lie of the Mind

Chris Humphrey            The Elementals: AIR

Peter Stopschinski            I’ve Never Been So Happy

Leegrid Stevens            The Dudleys!: A Family Game

Outstanding Media Design

Owen Egerton and Les McGehee            The Other Side of Sleep

Lettuce Turnip Media and Robert Jacques            Frankenstein: The Trouble Puppet Show

Miwa Matreyek            I’ve Never Been So Happy

Dan Monceaux, Angela Hill, David Bengali, Jordan Rein, Josh Lampman,

David Mauro, Camilo Munar and Jake Witlen            The Dudleys!: A Family Game

Will Hollis Snider            di[verge]: an original play with songs

Outstanding Puppetry

Frankenstein: The Trouble Puppet Show Trouble Puppet Theater Company

Heddatron Salvage Vanguard Theater

Outstanding Cast Performance

The Dudleys!: A Family Game TUTTO Theatre Company

Hunter Gatherers Capital T Theatre

I’ve Never Been So Happy Rude Mechanicals

Morning’s at Seven Different Stages

Topdog/Underdog City Theatre Company

Outstanding Ensemble Performance

David Stahl and Michael Stuart (Clown 1 and Clown 2)            Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps

Angelica Faye Davis, Kia Dawn Fulton and Tiffany Mann (the Dynamites)            Hairspray

David Meissner and Toby Minor (Rabbit and Froggie)            Here Comes Gosling!

Alejandro McDonald-Villarreal, Aaron Niemuth, Eva McQuade, Heath Thompson,

Gene Storie and Samantha Smith (the mechanicals)

A Midsummer Night’s Dream [The Baron’s Men]

Roderick Sanford and Joshua Denning (Tom Collins and Angel Dumont Schunard)            RENT

Outstanding Young Performer

Ryan Borses (Toad)            A Year With Frog and Toad

Joshua Michael Braun (Newton)            The Physicists

Keith Gruber (Kolokolo Bird)            Just So

Ben Roberts (Bobby Lazenbee)            Monsters!

Xander Slay-Tamkin (Möbius)            The Physicists

Rudy Kloptik Award for Outstanding Work in Improvisational Theatre

Austin Secrets            The Hideout Theatre

Confidence Men            The Institution Theater

Get Up            Gnap! Theater Projects

The Megaphone Show            The New Movement Theater

Midnight Society            ColdTowne Theater

Crisis and Opportunity 2.0 Update!

July 20th, 2011

UPDATE!

As I’m sure you know, we had our second installment of the Crisis and Opportunity discussion forum last week. Unfortunately, we realize not all interested parties could attend the event with keynote speaker Matt Lehrman of Arizona’s Alliance for Audience and ShowUp.com.

Do not fear, however, we have his notes from the discussion including tons of information, discussion points, and more. Think of it as if Matt Lehrman was a rock star and we snagged his set list and we’re now are posting it up for all of you to enjoy. You can find those notes right here.

As always, if you have any thoughts/comments/concerns about Crisis and Opportunity 2.0, please share them on the Facebook Crisis and Opportunity Community page.

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Thank you to all who attended the Crisis & Opportunity open meeting on June 7th. We were pleased that so many of you took the time to gather with us for discussion. On July 28th, from 6-8:30pm, we will be back at the MACC for a follow-up-forum.

After conversations with attendees, and review of comments and suggestions, we felt we had a clear direction for the next gathering. We heard from most of you that innovation and collaboration were among the foremost topics on our minds, and so we are very excited to be bringing Matt Lehrman of Arizona’s Alliance for Audience and ShowUp.com to present his customized seminar–and upcoming book–Audiences Everywhere!

With Audiences Everywhere, Lehrman offers original, thought-provoking and highly impactful strategies by which individual organizations – as well as entire arts cultural communities – can work to broaden, deepen and revitalize audience and member engagement.

This will be an interactive session where your thoughts and ideas can be expressed and developed, with the aim of gaining clear actionable goals.

We’d love for you to join us to continue this conversation.

For more information, stay tuned to AustinCreativeAlliance.org , Nowplayingaustin.wordpress​.com, @AustinCreativeA on Twitter, and of course, right there on Facebook.

Here is a review of Lehrman’s most recent seminar for Arts Orange County:
“ Anyone who knows Matt or has seen one of his presentations knows that this is one enthusiastic and dynamic arts marketer. But this presentation demonstrated quite clearly that there is enormous substance behind what Matt is advocating. It was a well-thought out, clear-headed workshop, peppered with Matt’ s unique brand of humor, and with ample opportunities for interaction with the attendees.” – Rick Stein, Executive Director, Arts Orange County

On who should attend, Lehrman has this to say: ” …this is not just a discussion for Marketing Directors. This discussion has to involve Artistic Directors, Curators, artists, Education directors, CEO’s, Board members and your organization’s leadership team – and because we are talking about new paradigms and new technologies – I very much recommend that you involve some of your organization’s emerging leaders and rising stars in this discussion. Their fresh perspective is really valuable to this discussion.”

Check out Matt’s Invitation here:

The Creative Fund

June 29th, 2011

The Creative Fund provides funding to Austin emerging artists enabling them
to further their creative endeavors. Through generous member and donor
support, The Creative Fund supports works that are interesting, cutting edge,
enlightening, life-changing and deserve to be seen by the Austin community.
Our goal is to elevate Austin arts by providing the funding needed to take local
artists and their audiences to the next level.

For more information about the program and details about the types of performances we seek, please visit The Creative Fund’s website.

To become a member of The Creative Fund, click here.

Frameworks E.A.S.T.

June 9th, 2011

Due to state and federal regulatory issues, some artists on E.A.S.T.’s unique tour need upgrades to their studios. FRAMEWORKS E.A.S.T. gives us an opportunity to give them a hand by raising the seed money to fund a microlending program to provide these great artists quick, low-interest loans with forgiving plans to help with specific issues involving their studios. This will allow them to comply with code in time for the East Austin Studio Tour this fall. With your support, the ACA will provide micro-lending, consulting and a resource center to help artists and their studios comply with Federal and State standards.

FRAMEWORKS E.A.S.T. provides a way for you to show your support for E.A.S.T.’s artists, as well as a chance to bid on specially selected works from those artists. Join us for live music by The Pons and the Ron Titter Band, refreshments, good times, and more, June 29th, 7:30 at ND.

Individual tickets are $20, available at AusTIX, also, we invite you to sponsor the event to provide a strong foundation for the lending program. Sponsorship levels are as follows:

$250 – Apprentice
$500 – Journeyman
$1,000 – Master

For more information about becoming a Sponsor of Frameworks:E.A.S.T. please visit http://austincreativealliance.roundtablelive.org/east or call at (512) 247-2531.

Thanks so much to our sponsors!

And to our donating artists!

Thanks so much for all the help from:

Our Glorious Sponsors:
Austin Creative Alliance http://www.austincreativealliance.org/
Big Medium http://www.bigmedium.org/
ND at 501 Studios http://ndvenue.com/
The Pons http://theponsmusic.com/
Ron Titter Band http://www.therontitterband.com/
Moxie Realty Group http://www.http/://moxierealtygroup.info/
Tito’s Vodka http://titosvodka.com/
Zoltan David Atelier http://www.zoltandavid.com/
Premier Residential Mortgage of Texas http://www.prmtx.com/

In-Kind Donators:
Blue Starlite Urban Drive-In
Austin Shakespeare
Zach Theater
Long Center
Austin Symphony
Esther’s Follies
The Vortex
Austin Chamber Music Center
Advanced Watch Group
Hotel St. Ceclia
Farmhouse Delivery
Spartan & Bows + Arrows
FaceKandy
Ann Marie Skincare
Art on 5th
Kendra Scott Earrings
Justine’s
Elements Laser Spa
Retro Chanel

Contributing Artists:

Anna Gieselman
Mike Merritt
Olin Roth
Cari Washburn
Scott Westover
Jason Archer
Gerardo Arellano
Eya Floyd
Christa Mares
Ryan McKerley
John Mulvany
Rene Norman
Joseph Phillips
Lacy Richter
Jan Middleton Roset
Kenny Trice
Jacob Villanueva
Jess Wade
Jamie Wade
Jason Webb
Caroline Wright

Individual tickets are $20, available at
http://nowplayingaustin.tix.com/Schedule.asp?ActCode=65425, also, we invite
you to sponsor the event to provide a strong foundation for the lending program.

Sponsorship levels are as follows:
$250 – Apprentice
$500 – Journeyman
$1,000 – Master

For more information about becoming a Sponsor of Frameworks:E.A.S.T. please
visit http://austincreativealliance.roundtablelive.org/east or call at (512) 247-2531