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Awesome Theatre is raising $18,500 for its 2023 lineup.

Clearly, we need your help.


Our Goal: $18,500
Amount Raised: $5895
Amount to Go: $12,605
Days Left: 23 (give or take)


What. A. Year. 2022 was pretty incredible for Awesome Theatre. Like many companies, it meant a return to the stage. This year we were lucky enough to produce three mainstage shows; Coffee Lady by Bridgette Dutta Portman, The Path by Marc Abrigo, and the Horror-Theatre Double-Feature TERROR-RAMA IV: IN SPACE! which featured new plays by Jess Thomas and Alandra Hileman. We forged new partnerships with groups like Bindlestiff Studios and said goodbye to The Exit Theatre, We also screened our movie Them all over the Bay Area, and will be presenting our Artist-In-Residence showcase, It’s My Party written and performed by Nora Fernandez Doane McCurdy. But the glory didn’t come easy, costs for everything have increased, the economy in SF still isn’t great, and audiences are still slowly coming back. But, there is reason to rejoice. We have received a $14,000 matching grant from the California Arts Council. But that means we gotta raise $14,000, more than that actually. Of course, that’s where you come in.

And now we are presenting our 2023 lineup, our sixth year of Awesomeness. Two world premieres by local artists, a film premiere, and some exciting new partnerships. Last year, we raised $15,000 which was part of a $70,000 budget. And that was…difficult. There were unforeseen expenses, everything cost more and as always, we increased all of our payouts by 25%. Looking at 2023, the notion of doing three mainstage shows, losing two key company members, and still increasing our budgets is a pretty heavy lift. So in order to keep our promises, have the breathing room to bring in new company members, and to see just how things look in the San Francisco theatre world the next year, we will be presenting two main stage shows next with the intent of returning to three in 2024. Additionally, we will reduce our operating budget to $62,000 with a fundraising goal of $18,500. $14,000 to make the matching grant from CAC and another $4500 to cover our play development fund (which covers things like paying readers for developmental reads, dramaturgy, and paying writers more for their scripts.) This allows us to still increase stipends, increase production quality and do what we’ve always done. And that’s creating fun, new and accessible theatre. Theatre that appeals to people who never thought they’d like theatre (Or that they’d feel welcomed.), and to be a breath of fresh air to even the most regular theatre-goer. We do it by finding the coolest local artists (real live bay area residents) and then we let them write whatever their sick little minds come up with. Awesome Theatre strives to be the home of misfit plays, a place where plays no other company in their right mind get produced. Because people not in their right minds are our kinda people.

So if you love what we do, and want to keep weird theatre alive in the Bay Area, check out our giving levels and make a donation of any size. Your gift is fully tax-deductible and there are (as always ) some really great perks available, for God’s sake, we even have a tote bag,


Click HERE to read our Mission Statement and Corporate Values.


Where does the money go?

Per our pledge to increase stipends by 25% every year (until everyone is an employee making an hourly wage) our projected budget for 2022 is $6,000, a $20K increase from last year. The majority of which goes to our artists. Fundraising efforts annually cover about 25% of our annual budget. The rest will come from grants, private donations, and ticket sales. So if you’re like us, and believe that adapting and continuing to create is a brazen act of hope, if you want us to not just survive, but to continue to grow and create, show your support and give to Awesome Theatre.


GIVING LEVELS

We are a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Arts Organization, which makes your donation tax-deductible. We have a variety of levels and some incredible perks, but if you don’t see an amount that works for you, just hit this button and give whatever you feel comfortable with. If you love weird theatre and believe in giving opportunities to local artists to tell their stories, show your support!


A warm embrace, a heartfelt thank you, and your name appears in the closing credits of all our productions.


A ding dang Awesome Theatre tote bag (yes, really. LIVE THAT PBS LIFE), an invite to our annual Holiday Party, The Warm Embrace, the thank yous, and your name in our credits


The 2023 Awesome Theatre “Support Weird Theatre” T-Shirt, the warm embrace, the thank yous, and your name listed in our credits


The t-shirt, the tote bag, 2 tickets to the 2022 Awesome theatre production of your choice, the holiday party invite, the warm embrace, the thank yous, and your name listed in our credits


The official, limited edition Awesome Theatre Hoodie, the t-shirt, the tote bag, 2 tickets to the 2023 Awesome theatre production of your choice, the holiday party invite, the warm embrace, the thank yous, and your name listed in our credits.


Free admission to all 2023 Awesome Theatre Productions, the Tote Bag, the T-shirt, the Hoodie, an invite to our Holiday Party, the warm embrace, the thank yous, and your name listed in our credits.


Free admission to all 2022 Awesome Theatre productions for you and a guest. Invites to dress rehearsals and script reading, the Tote Bag, the t-shirt, the Hoodie, an invite to our Holiday Party, the sticker, the warm embrace, the thank yous, and your name listed with prominence in our credits.


Don’t see an amount that works for you? hit this button and give whatever you feel comfortable with.


Want to support us all year long?

Join the FRIENDS OF AWESOME

For $10 a month, not only are you committing to helping us year-round, but you will get to see all of our 2022 online and live content FREE. That’s right, free, and you can watch or attend as many times as you want. You also receive discounts for additional tickets, exclusive access to developmental readings, special updates, and all sorts of cool swag. Cancel Anytime, we’re not clingy.