Here are a few goals of The Open Source Theatre Project:
And...here are some wacky ideas to get your creative energy flowing:
The Open Source Theatre Project takes its name from the technology term “Open Source.” According to Wikipedia, here are a few main points that characterize “Open Source.”
In production and development, open source as a philosophy promotes a) universal access via free license to a product's design or blueprint, and b) universal redistribution of that design or blueprint, including subsequent improvements to it by anyone.
A main principle and practice of open-source software development is peer production by bartering and collaboration, with the end-product, source-material, "blueprints", and documentation available at no cost to the public.
Your first question might be “so what’s wrong with theatre today and why try to start another new program?” The answer: absolutely nothing. The theatre arts community across the country, and in the Washington DC area, has never been stronger. So many theatre companies, non-profits, schools, student groups, individuals, and families are creating and supporting so much great work from education programs and summer camps, to experimental theatre, community theatre, professional theatre, and national touring productions. But, with so many different organizations, so many different leaders, and so many people trying to take part in the process, we miss out on the ideas and input of many members of our community in our effort to be competitive and financially successful. Taking the basic concepts of “Open Source” and applying them to theatre, and to the creative process behind it, could enable us to involve even more people in the theatre community, give everyone the chance to exchange ideas, to benefit each other, and create the most exciting and out-of-the-box theatre together.
Why do we support theatre? Why will we continue to support theatre in the future? What is the next generation of theatre? How do we ensure theatre remains sustainable? And, how can we give everyone the chance to share their ideas and participate in the development of theatre arts?
These are all huge questions that we don’t immediately have the answer to. But, we do know that the most important part of theatre is all of YOU -- the audience, supporters, actors, leaders, and many more. Let’s start the conversation now so that we can all continue to express ourselves and ideas through theatre arts. Let’s start to talk about how we can make theatre more environmentally friendly and sustainable. Let’s start to talk about how we can all work together, support each other, and involve each other. Let’s start to talk about how we can continue to make fully participatory theatre accessible and successful for YOU. And then, let’s share those ideas.
The Highwood Theatre is supported in part by funding from the Montgomery County government and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, the S. Kann Sons Company Foundation, the William and Karen Tell Foundation, the Robert N. Alfandre Foundation, Wenger Corporation, and West Wing Writers.
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