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Moonbox Productions began in 2011, when we raised the curtain for a one-weekend run of Godspell at the historic Brattle Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts. As the band filed in each night, an unusual warm-up act took the stage – guests from a local non-profit called StreetSafe Boston, an anti-gang-violence program of the Boston Foundation. By sharing the spotlight for just a few minutes, Moonbox gave StreetSafe a chance to showcase the amazing work they were doing in our communities – earning them friends and funds from eager audiences moved by their story.  That production became the seed of our company and its unique dual mission – to create exceptional theater using local talent and to connect our audiences with the other non-profit organizations doing wonderful work in our area.  

Ten years and over twenty productions and non-profit partnerships later, Moonbox has continued creating and connecting, building an ever-widening circle of friends, partners and collaborators. Our mission has expanded, too, as we’ve broadened our desire and our ability to educate and include audiences, artists, and activists throughout Boston. 

In 2016 we launched the Moonbox “Shadowbox” Mentorship Program, which provides hands-on theater experiences to emerging creative artists and theater technicians, all at no cost to them. The following year saw our test workshops for “Moonbox U”, an initiative to provide low- and no-cost continuing education and professional development for Boston-area working artists. Moonbox U’s first programs included not only traditional audition workshops and complimentary yoga classes, but also offered interdisciplinary round-tables where theater professionals from all walks of life could connect and share wisdom, with panelists ranging from opera singers to audiobook narrators, video-game music directors to musical theater mavens. After a short hiatus, Moonbox U is picking up steam again in 2021, with more exciting opportunities ahead for artists in Boston and beyond. 

In 2018 we began Turning the Tide, a program designed with a two-part mission of accessibility. Turning the Tide’s first aim is to create more opportunities for theater professionals living with Deafness or disability, whether they’re working on or off the stage. Its second aim is to present  stories of Deafness and disability to a wider audience. We want to prove that not only is compelling theater accessible – but also that accessible theater is, in itself, compelling.   

As issues of social justice and racial inequality rise in our national consciousness, we at Moonbox have responded by broadening and deepening our commitment to anti-racism and community advocacy. Beginning in November of 2020, we have: hired a Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; assembled an Advisory Board of theater professionals representing BIPOC, Deaf, and disabled perspectives; and developed a comprehensive Anti-Racism Statement that commits us to increasing BIPOC representation at every level of our company.  

In response to the COVID-19 shut-downs, Moonbox has created opportunities for local artists and far-flung “Moonbox alumni” to earn both exposure and income through “Moonbox Homebrews”, pieces featured on our website and in our newsletter. Every Homebrew artist is compensated by Moonbox directly for their contributions, and every artist also has the opportunity to share links for personal fundraising or to request additional donations supporting causes they are passionate  about. 

We’re exceptionally grateful for – and proud of  – the opportunities we’ve had to connect with artists, advocates, and audiences throughout Greater Boston, and we’re also grateful for the recognition our artistic work has achieved on its independent merit. Since our founding, Moonbox has been honored by numerous laudatory reviews and raves from audiences and critics alike – garnering Moonbox numerous IRNE and Elliot Norton Awards ranging from Best Musical,  Best Actor & Actress, to Best Scenic and Costume Design recognitions.

As we’ve hunkered down over the past year, we’ve also found an extraordinary opportunity to focus on one of our long-deferred goals: developing new works by local playwrights.  As part of our Boston New Works Festival initiative, we received more than sixty-five play proposals, from which we have chosen eleven original theatrical pieces by local artists for a year-long intensive workshop process culminating in fully-staged productions. Catch them all at the first-annual Boston New Works Festival at the BCA and Calderwood Pavilion campus in 2022!

Antiracism Statement

#CreateCommunity 

At Moonbox, we believe that the stories we tell are important. They sustain and preserve our community, our history, and our values. Telling racially diverse stories allows us not only to reflect – but also to reflect on – the complexities of our past. When we join together in the act of storytelling, we are united in ways that transcend the everyday. Together, we can use the power of storytelling to honor our commonalities, celebrate our differences, and address historical discrimination and injustice. We pledge to take this power seriously, and to use our voices and the stories we tell to dismantle the systemic racism and white supremacy engulfing our culture, our country, and our industry.

We pledge to create an anti-racist culture that resonates not just on our stages, but throughout the communities they support.  We stand in solidarity with our BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color) community. We say with open hearts that Black lives more than matter – they are a crucial part of the fabric of our society and the work we do as artists. We pledge to raise up and interweave diverse voices in all of our endeavors, creating a vibrant tapestry in the art that we produce. 

We pledge not just to acknowledge the crucial nature of this work, but to act on it. At Moonbox, we will:

  • Implement anti-racist practices in both our internal policies and our external initiatives;
  • Intentionally create an anti-racist culture among our staff, advisory panel, and artists;
  • Produce works that truthfully reflect the community around us – both as it has been and as we hope it will become; and
  • Actively monitor what works and what doesn’t, convening at least quarterly to make sure we continue our progress along an anti-racist path. 

We recognize that this will be hard work, and that it is long overdue. We are only beginning to unravel decades of injustice, and we must be steadfast in our commitment to positive change. We will work tenaciously and tirelessly to make sure that everyone – at every level of our organization, and throughout the communities we support – feels that they belong.

 

Land Acknowledgment

We recognize that the land we live, work, and thrive upon is not our own.  We acknowledge that this land was taken from Indigenous communities that have endured a painful history of genocide and colonization. We will with every production and in every printed program pause to honor the legacy of these people and our shared responsibilities in reconciliation. We invite you to join us as we consider our roles in decolonization and co-conspiratorship.  

This plan is a working document and will be updated often and as necessary. 

This plan is in response to the list if demands by the anti-racism organization #WSYWAT (We See You White American Theatre).

 

Our Action Plan:

By January 2021, Moonbox will have completed a comprehensive anti-racism policy that we will share widely with our community to affirm our position in dismantling racist practices within our shared theater community. This policy will be a work in progress and will be adjusted accordingly to fit our ever-changing atmosphere.

By February 2021, Moonbox will create a community-member advisory panel whose membership contains at least three to four artists who identify as members of the BIPOC community. This panel will serve as a resource to Moonbox staff, artists and community partners who enter into open dialogues on how we are engaging with all communities and be a voice in helping us implement better practices.  

Initially, we envision panel members serving a one-year term with the option to renew for a second year based on mutual agreement. Ultimately, we will aim for a panel of four to six advisers, made up either of two cohorts of two with staggered two-year terms, or two cohorts of three with staggered two-year terms. 

Each year, Moonbox’s staff and advisory panel will partner with BIPOC community leaders and Non-Profit Partners and engage in dialogue to determine how we can deepen our support in these communities.

At present Moonbox is engaged in bi-weekly courses guided by CELC (Cultural Equity Learning Center) with goals to:

  • Reduce harm towards Black, Indigenous, queer, and trans persons of color (BIPOC | QTPOC), and well as persons of color with disabilities.
  • Increase the skill sets and accountability of white arts and culture sector leaders.
  • Delve into what it means to build anti-racist co-conspiratorship within the sector. 
  • Deeply examine what it means to build anti-racist arts and culture organizations.

By Spring 2021, Moonbox staff will engage in quarterly training including but not limited to implicit bias training, anti-racism in theater training, bystander intervention training, conflict de-escalation training, and harassment prevention training.

By April 2021, Moonbox will implement an orientation and onboarding process for all staff, artists, advisory panel members, contractors and volunteers that includes anti-racism awareness and a zero-tolerance harassment policy. Upon completion, all personnel will be required to sign an anti-racism pledge and zero-tolerance harassment agreement.

As Moonbox grows and opportunities to increase our staff develop, we will intentionally seek out BIPOC applicants and cast our nets in BIPOC-specific networks in the quest to keep our staff diverse and inclusive. 

Moonbox will engage with culturally accurate directors and design staff when producing BIPOC-centered stories. Equally, we will engage with BIPOC directors and designers when producing non-BIPOC-centered stories.

Moonbox will be intentional in selecting and producing BIPOC-centered shows – not only those of the struggle, but those rich in the accomplishments and success of the BIPOC community. These productions will make up 50% of our season.

Historically, we acknowledge that we have fallen short in the following and we commit to changing that by:

  • Increasing our BIPOC artists by 25% in 2021, with the goal of at least 50% BIPOC artist representation in each production by December 2022.
  • Increasing our BIPOC musicians by 25% in 2021 with the goal of at least 50% BIPOC musician representation in each production by December 2022.
  • Increase our BIPOC design/production staff by 25% in 2021 with the goal of at least 50% BIPOC design/production representation by December 2022.

Moonbox will be intentional in our marketing.  We will commit to seeking ways to share our productions with the broader community.  We will increase our BIPOC audience attendance by 25% in 2021 with the ultimate goal that everyone is welcomed.

Moonbox will deepen our engagement with BIPOC Non-Profit Partners; these BIPOC partnerships will make up 50% of the Non-Profit Partners for each season.

Staff

Regina Norfolk

Regina Norfolk

Publicist

Regina Norfolk founded RNCommunication, LLC, a public relations and special events company, in 2006 and has been the Publicist for Moonbox Productions since 2015. Throughout her career, she has worked extensively with public and private companies to spearhead successful launches and ongoing campaigns...

Kailey Bennett

Kailey Bennett

Covid Compliance Officer (21'-22' Season)

Originally from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, graduated from Bowdoin College in 2014 where she studied Visual Arts and Earth and Oceanographic Sciences. Since moving to Boston, she has worked professionally as a stage manager and properties designer with Boston area opera and theatre companies including, Moonbox Productions, Company One, Guerilla Opera, Odyssey Opera, the North End Music and Performing Arts Center, Boston Baroque, and Wheelock Family Theatre. As a person with epilepsy...

Elmer Martinez

Elmer Martinez

Collaborative Arts Coordinator

Founder of Soul Stew and an interdisciplinary working theater artist, poet and dancer. Born in Lowell, MA he developed in the spoken word and street dance communities before completing his BFA in Theater Studies focused on Lighting Design with a minor in Dance.  Post grad Elmer went on to work between Boston and New York as a freelance lighting designer and technician in local theaters, off Broadway and...

Davron S. Monroe

Davron S. Monroe

Director of Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion

Davron S. Monroe is a Boston based award winning singer and actor with vocal talents that run the gamut from Opera to Musical Theatre, gospel to jazz and everything else in between. Davron is the 2019 recipient of The Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Musical performance in Breath and Imagination...

Sharman Altshuler

Sharman Altshuler

Producing Artistic Director

Sharman Altshuler is Producing Artistic Director and founder of Moonbox Productions. A practicing veterinarian for 15 years, she had a serendipitous collision with the world of theater in 2011 which led to the founding of Moonbox and, in time, the hanging up of the stethoscope.

Phil Tayler

Phil Tayler

Director of Marketing and Communications

After years of artistic collaboration, Phil Tayler (He/Him/His) has been named Director of Marketing and Communications for Moonbox Productions. Phil is grateful for the opportunity to #CreateCommunity with this unbelievable organization...

Kara Crumrine

Kara Crumrine

Director of Community & Accessibility Initiatives

Kara, a DeafBlind Intervenor for Northeast Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, came to Moonbox six years go to help implement and coordinate the company's Community Initiatives.

Allison Olivia Choat

Allison Olivia Choat

Associate Artistic Director and Founding Partner

Allison Olivia Choat (she, her, hers/ they, them, theirs) is an IRNE and Elliot Norton award-winning theater artist whose work lies at the intersection of direction, design, and physical storytelling. She is honored to be Associate Artistic Director of Moonbox Productions and Founding Partner of the company...

Jo Williams

Jo Williams

Production Manager

Jo Williams is a full-time lecturer at Tufts University in the Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies department where she teaches and mentors the stage management and production management students. In the summer she enjoys working with all the young students in the Children’s Theatre program at Tufts...

Advisory Council

Elizabeth Yvette Ramirez

Elizabeth Yvette Ramirez

Elizabeth Yvette Ramirez (she/her) is a professional Stage Manager and small theater director. She was the Artistic Director of the Calliope Project Theatre (2011- 2014) and got involved in local arts activism after their regular venue, the Factory Theatre was closed...

Damon Singletary

Damon Singletary

Damon Singletary is a Boston-area-based actor/playwright. He previously appeared in Moonbox's production of Target Practice as part of the 2015 Boston Theater Marathon.

Arthur Gomez

Arthur Gomez

Arthur is a Boston raised and based Actor, Director, and Collaborator. As a creative, he’s worked with a wide range of theatre’s in the New England area and as a collaborator he’s been lending ideas and assisting a multitude of companies and groups...

Kira Troilo

Kira Troilo

Kira Troilo has been working as a choreographer and performer in the Boston area since she graduated from Emerson College in 2008. She recently received an Elliott Norton nomination for her choreography for Moonbox Productions' recent production of Parade...

Patrick “Pax” McCarthy

Patrick “Pax” McCarthy

Patrick “Pax” McCarthy has quite extensive experience coaching theatre interpreters in American Sign Language since 1985 at various Boston theatres....

Employment

Moonbox Productions is seeking actors for 

‘Jonathan.’ A world premiere

Jonathan was developed as part of Moonbox’s Turning the Tide initiative- learn more about Turning the Tide HERE

 

Performing February 19 – March 5, 2022 in the Roberts Studio Theatre at the Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont St., Boston, MA.

Mary ElizaBeth Peters, playwright; Brad Reinking, director; Betsy S. Goldman, dramaturg; Sharman Altshuler, prod. artistic dir.

 

Production Description

Synopsis: It is 10:55 on a Sunday night during the Holiday season at a big box store. Jonathan is a young man with autism trying to learn how to succeed at his first job. The play begins with Jonathan facing the same difficulties as any other retail worker at the end of a long day during the Holidays, only the pressures of this environment have a bigger impact on Jonathan and he is at a breaking point. Wanting to conform to his mother’s hopes, and within the backdrop of family and societal expectations, Jonathan continues to fight for his job – but as the holiday season heats up, his personal aspirations are at odds with the reality of how he is treated. Jonathan must make a choice – can he fight to keep his job or should he move on? Will his employer help him succeed, or get rid of him? Jonathan confronts what Americans really think: about adults with disabilities, about employment, and about the creature comforts of a retail economy.

Roles
We strongly encourage performers of all ethnic/ racial/ cultural backgrounds, age ranges, gender identities and expressions, sexualities, and abilities to audition for any role (or roles) that interest them.

Characters
JONATHAN GIBBS – A nineteen year old young man with autism. He has overcome
many of his behavioral and verbal disabilities, but he still struggles with some aspects of social interaction. He has a slight “s” stutter that is more pronounced when he is under stress. We are looking to cast an actor with a neurodiverse background who identifies as a person living with Autism Spectrum Disorder. However, all actors will be considered.

ALICE GIBBS – Jonathan’s mother. She is middle aged, conservative in dress and
manner, and she works very hard to portray a positive attitude towards the world. She is always modeling behavior for her son. Despite his struggles, she is very proud of him.

STEWART SAMUELS – Jonathan’s boss at the Target, the store manager. When
approached about hiring an employee with special needs, he was very supportive. The reality of his job and the demands on productivity, however, make the task of working with Jonathan more difficult than he bargained for. Samuels is a large, physically dominant man.

KARA POWERS – A long-time Target employee. 23 years old. Kara has dreams of
becoming a special education teacher. She knows Jonathan from town. Her little sister is the same age as Jonathan.

PHYLLIS SIMPSON – Appearing in the first and last scene, this woman is over sixty
years old. She has a demanding presence.

ENSEMBLE – Three cast members to play Customers, workers, etc. It is important that these three individuals are culturally diverse representations of a big box store’s population in terms of race, gender and sexuality and the expressions thereof. Each Ensemble member will play many characters.

Rehearsal and Production Dates & Locations
We will have a Zoom reading following casting in either November or December. In person rehearsals begin in early January. Tech begins Feb. 9, 2022; previews begin Feb. 19; runs Feb. 24-March 5 at the Roberts Studio Theater in the BCA Calderwood Pavilion in Cambridge, MA.

Compensation
All roles are paid. AEA (Guest Artist Tier 2) and Non-Union actors will be considered.
Video Submissions Requested. Either one (1) 90 second monologue or two (2) short contrasting monologues, with a personal introduction which tells us what interests you in the piece.

How to Submit

Please email a link to your video submission (on a platform like YouTube or Vimeo) to Submissions@moonbox.org. Call backs will be in-person in Cambridge, MA on November 1, 2021.
It is Moonbox policy that all actors and staff are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to the first rehearsal.

Submission Deadline: 10/9/21

Key Details
Seeking talent from:
Boston, MA; Cambridge, MA. We are unable to provide housing or transportation for this production.

IMPORTANT ACCESSIBILITY NOTE:

For Deaf or HOH artists, if you’d like ASL interpretation, English captioning of your video or have any further questions, please email community@moonbox.org and we’ll be happy to assist. If you have any other accessibility requests for your audition, please let us know at the same email address. We are eager to make it possible for everyone to share their talent with us.

Moonbox is asking all staff on this production to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Full vaccination must be completed at least 2 weeks prior to any in-person work on this show, and all employees will be asked to provide proof of vaccination.

ANTI-RACISM STATEMENT:

At Moonbox, we believe that the stories we tell are important. They sustain and preserve our community, our history, and our values. Telling racially diverse stories allows us not only to reflect – but also to reflect on – the complexities of our past. When we join together in the act of storytelling, we are united in ways that transcend the everyday. Together, we can use the power of storytelling to honor our commonalities, celebrate our differences, and address historical discrimination and injustice. We pledge to take this power seriously, and to use our voices and the stories we tell to dismantle the systemic racism and white supremacy engulfing our culture, our country, and our industry.

We believe in creating spaces that reflect the diversity of our shared community, both on and off the stage, where under-represented voices, including BIPOC, LGBTQIA2S+, and people living with disabilities feel valued and important. We believe that accessibility is a human right. We are devoted to providing performances and work spaces that can be experienced and enjoyed universally, and to incorporating accessibility planning into our production, design, staffing, and budgeting processes from day one. View more on our antiracism plan here:

https://moonboxproductions.org/about/#antiracism

#CreateCommunity

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