project leader
Charlita A
location
Lorain County
(In the community of Lorain County)
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Molly McFadden Wins OCTP Playwriting Contest

the project

The Outside Circle Theater Project (OCTP) will encourage, nurture, and champion works focused on history, social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion discussions. OCTP gives women and girls an opportunity to express themselves in their own words in a safe, non-judgmental, and inclusive space

OCTP endeavors to educate and generate discussions by producing and casting live theater works that reflect the community's diverse voices. Participation is open to women and girls and community members of all ages, ethnic, social, and cultural backgrounds, genders, and national identities.

the steps

OCPT’s vision is to direct and stage a one or two-act work per year, commencing 2023. Theatrical productions will primarily consist of solicited new and adapted, royalty-free works and those existing in the public domain.

CONTEST: On March 27, 2023, OCTP will host a playwriting contest for unpublished local playwrights to commemorate World Theater Day. The winner of the contest will be awarded a prize of $250. The deadline to enter is April 17, 2023. OCTP will produce and stage the winning play at its annual production on October 27th, 28th, and 29th, 2023.

OCTP will market, stage, direct, and provide all technical support for the winning play. For contest rules and guidelines, email outsidecircletheaterproject@gmail.com 

why we're doing it

Outside Circle Theater Project (OCTP) is dedicated to supporting the art of storytelling by producing live theater works for and by under-represented voices in the community. We endeavor to educate and generate discussion amongst the community by producing and casting live theater works that reflect the community's diverse voices. Participation is open to women and girls and community members of all ages, ethnic, social, and cultural backgrounds, genders, and national identities. 

Currently, a forum such as ours, specific to the vision of OCTP  does not exist in Lorain County. We can lend a hand in redirecting the shift away from ignorance and silence. In an open letter to American and community theaters on inclusion, the non-profit group “Black Theater Girl Magic” wrote the following: “In light of the recent injustices towards black people at the hands of police, a large number of theatres around the country have published statements in support of Black, Indigenous, and Non-Black People of Color (BIPOC).”

OCTP agrees! At a time when Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion programs are under attack, and the teaching of revisionist history has become the focus of legislators across the country, OCTP believes community theater goals can push the trend toward diversity, equity, and inclusion, one small theater project at a time.

budget



TOTAL PROJECT FUNDING NEEDED $3,000
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $163
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)
$98
TOTAL TO RAISE= $3,261

Budget Breakdown

  • Administrative - Award winnings, Meet The Author venue rental, Theater venue rental - Est. $955.00
  • Marketing - Advertisements, Programs, Flyers, Photography, Invites, and Stationary - Est. $500.00
  • Lighting/Sound/Misc. - If Paid Service - Est. $1000.00
  • Costume/Props - Set Design, Costumes, Sundry, Make-up, Furniture (donations or rental transportation) - Est. $500

updates

Molly McFadden Wins OCTP Playwriting Contest

OCTP is honored to announce our 2023 playwriting contest winner, Molly McFadden. 

Molly is an accomplished actress and 

playwright. She holds an MFA from Florida State University at the Asolo Repertory 

Theater. Her winning play, "The Downside," will be showcased later this year! Please 

help us celebrate her accomplishment and 

discuss her work on Thursday, April 27th at 5 pm at Elyria Women's Club, 218 East 

Avenue, Elyria. 

Reservations are strongly suggested. Email OutsideCircleTheaterProject@gmail.com or call 440-258-0704

photos

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donors

  • Jennifer Ashburn
  • Jennifer W.
  • Dee
  • June R.
  • C. White
  • Regan L. Phillips
  • Anonymous
  • Dee O'Hair
  • Stephanie Alexander-Johnson
  • Anonymous
  • Christopher R.
  • Lora G.
  • Ann M Francis
  • Anonymous
  • JEANINE D.
  • Christopher Anderson
  • Jody B.
  • Inez J.