CORE VALUES

Intimate Community

Both in the creative process, as well as in the actual performance offering, we are committed to creating spaces where authentic and vulnerable exchange can happen between people.  The company itself- however it forms according to each project’s scope- is a close family that nurtures deep love and respect for each other.   



Age, Ethnic & Economic Diversity
We strive to encourage a diverse age, ethnic and economic range in our ensembles and audiences.  Reaching out to actors, dancers and musicians who are not strictly ‘professional’ but rather engaged in other livelihoods, we are continually widening the creative pool from which the company creates its work. The majority of theaters in Berkshire county serve white, upper middle class audiences aged 60 and above. One of the reasons for this, we believe, is that ‘theatre’ in America has become irrelevant to the struggles and needs of many, particularly younger people in their 20’s and 30’s, people of color, and working-class people.  Many of us have not grown up with a culture of the performing arts. Therefore, we aim to make work that reflects the experiences of these audiences, and is economically accessible to all. 

 

 

Deep Need, Inquiry & Risk-Taking
Our work speaks directly to our deepest needs and concerns as artists and individuals, as well to the deeper needs of our local community and our humanity at large, in hopes to offer us, along with our audiences, fresh inspiration for living.  Each ensemble member must have a real and personal need to be part of a project.  The unique perspective and energy each one offers to the work is what makes it  both transformative and meaningful.  Taking risks by continually reinventing our creative process, along with the willingness to trust uncertainty, revitalizes our desire to create theatre.  The heart of our work is an inquiry into presence and vulnerability (which is of course is what all alive theatre is about).  It is an inquiry into authentic presence which uses movement, relationship and text as its language.  From the rather unsafe feeling space of not- knowing, questions or answers may come- about the themes or the work itself.  The goal is not to create some polished smooth thing, but rather something that remains raw, vital and unassuming- like a baby just being born, or any of us on the edge of our death.

Site-Specificity
The bulk of our offerings happen in- and are inspired by- alternative locations for theatre that are often outside in nature or in unique human structures, in order to further transport ourselves and our audiences into spaces of liminality. 

In addition, we seek to reclaim theatre and the performative arts as part of the world of the living and the everyday.

 


Cultivate Flexibility, Transparency & Trust
in all stages of the creative process for all involved, including: Fallow or Rest Period, Gestational or Visioning Period, Fundraising, Active Creation, Refining & Finalizing, Performance-Offering, & Archiving. Communication remains open and transparent within the company and with everyone involved in each project.  



Replenish & Evolve
Our creative process must renew and replenish all persons involved in a project- creatively, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually- as well as support us personally and collectively, to evolve into more of who they are.



Financial Abundance & Integrity

We believe artists deserve to make a livelihood.  Their service has inherent value in the world, just as much as that of any competent doctor, teacher, engineer, or crafts-person. We aim to pay generous ‘gratitude’ stipends for each of our ensemble actors, musicians, and technicians to the best of our ability, and thus to encourage a thriving local creative economy.  To this end, we welcome (tax-deductable) donations freely given by our many generous patrons, as well as foundations, providing the company with an abundant fiscal platform from which to create.  If you are interested in joining our circle of patrons, please contact Pooja. 

 

Some RT offerings have a ticket price, while some are by donation or free.  No one will be turned away for lack of funds.  We are committed to keeping ticket prices affordable and accessible to the widest range of people, while simultaneously upholding the value of our work.