Dated: April 2, 2021
It’s spring and although theatres remain shuttered nationwide, things are blossoming at NCTC. Hard to believe that more than a year has gone by since we have been able to gather at 25 Van Ness. To say we all miss you is a huge understatement.
I am happy to report that NCTC recently received a second Paycheck Protection Program loan and that our first loan has been forgiven by the US Small Business Administration. This coupled with the generosity of our donors has enabled us to keep 90% of the NCTC staff employed and to pay artisans for the virtual presentations we’ve been making for you since the onset of the pandemic.
We’ve just extended Interlude by Harrison David Rivers until April 14th and we are now in post-production for TransNational Cabaret which will begin airing on May 10th. I am also excited to share that our first foray into the world of serial podcasts, In Good Company, has found an international audience - currently 4000 strong and still growing. We are headed back into production for season two which will be released this summer.
During this hiatus of live productions, the Board and Staff have been hard at work on fortifying equity, diversity, and inclusivity here at NCTC. As a Queer & Allied arts organization, it has always been an essential part of NCTC’s values to be an anti-racist theatre and to support marginalized communities. We’ve recently updated our commitments in this regard which can be viewed here. The team continues to delve deeper still into this work and will continue to post our plans publicly.
Since the beginning of the international health crisis our work with youth has been nonstop. The NCTC Education Team continues to provide online classes, production experiences, and has even added a new mindful arts digital education program for grades K-2 being used in virtual classrooms throughout San Francisco. Not only that, but we’ve also introduced the Adult Drama Club with three exciting class options starting next week.
Typically, at this time of year we announce our new season. Rest assured that a new line-up of shows is indeed waiting in the wings. Before we roll them out, we are continuing to track the progress of the nationwide vaccination effort, keeping a close eye on COVID-19 infection statistics, and waiting for more information on safety protocols for live venues. It’s been a long haul for us all, but I think we are in the home stretch. If things continue to improve then it is our hope to announce new season plans in early summer and to begin our 40th birthday celebration by reopening NCTC in the fall.
My gratitude for your continued support and confidence in NCTC. We will be back stronger than ever. I look forward to many more good times together.
Ed Decker and your friends at NCTC
Dated: Sept 10, 2020
It is hard to believe that it has been about 6 months since we closed our theatre doors while in the midst of the world premiere of The Book of Mountains and Seas. This has been a tremendously powerful and transformative time as humans, art makers and activists.
While there is nothing quite like the energy of our little basement, we have kept busy producing programming to enlighten, enrich and entertain. This includes:
- Online classes for youth, teens and adults to learn acting, improv, read plays and so much more
- A new podcast for when life goes off-script: In Good Company
- NCTV: Live at Five series featuring playwrights, new plays, puppetry lessons, and legendary drag queens
- Behind-the-scenes videos from the Conservatory, monologues and thoughts from our actors, writers and creative team, plus mindfulness exercises
- Coming soon: The Law of Attraction radio play
We could not have done this all without the support of our NCTC family, so thank you! Recovery won’t be easy but with your help it will most certainly be possible. If you are able, please consider donating to support NCTC so that we may open our doors once again.
During this time, we are also exploring how we can enhance our ongoing work to be an antiracist organization. You can keep track of our progress and our future commitments here.
We hope you and yours stay well during this time and we look forward to seeing you again soon.
NCTC Founder & Artistic Director