GIVING TUESDAY 2020
What is Giving Tuesday?
Giving Tuesday is an annual worldwide, online giving campaign through Amplify Austin, dedicated to assist 501c3 Non-Profit Organizations.
Why your gift is so IMPORTANT?
Spectrum Theatre Company has much to do:
We need finances to hire much needed administrative support staff such as an artistic director, marketing director, and web designer.
Your gift helps us raise the capital needed to continue to mount outstanding productions featuring local African-American talent.
A donation helps us maintain our storage facility on a monthly basis.
Your donations will help fund rental fees for auditions, rehearsals, and performance space.
Is that it?
No, Spectrum’s goals in 2020 are to increase our viewership, relaunch our educational programs and expand our show budget. A Broadway-style musical can cost up to $30,000 to produce, more than twice Spectrum’s current production budget.
So what's all this have to do with me?
Glad you asked! For six years Spectrum has operated on a modest annual cultural contract from the City of Austin, Amplify Austin Campaign and audience support. We need your tax-deductible gift to insure that our endeavors and contributions go even further.
December 3rd is “Giving Tuesday” and the best opportunity for you to invest in a theatre company with a proud past and a promising future.
With your help, we can increase artist fees for actors, director, designers and musicians. We would reach more audience with higher quality productions as well as re-launch our August Wilson Monologue Competition and Spectrum’s Master Class With The Stars program.
Spectrum Theatre Company is asking you to help us reach our goal of $5,000 on #GivingTuesday, December 3rd. Whether it’s $5 or $500, every dollar helps. We cannot do it without YOU!
Please make a financial gift to Spectrum Theatre Company today? We thank you for your support.
Who is Spectrum Theatre Company (STC) and what do we stand for?
Spectrum was founded in 2013 with one simple mission: Telling African American stories though the African American perspective. We produce thought provoking performances and proudly hire local talent. Under the direction of its founders, Dr. Billy F. Harden (deceased), Jacqui Cross and Janis Stinson, STC has collaborated with local black artists and arts organizations to promote diversity in the community and help ensure the legacy of Austin’s Black community is not lost in our ever-evolving city.
Who’s The Spectrum Executive Team?
Jacqui Cross - Interim Executive Director
Jacqui is co-founder of STC and the primary organizer of company charity events. A veteran on the Austin stages for 24 years including Spectrum’s own productions. Jacqui is a member of Actors Equity. Her local theatre accolades include four B. Iden Payne Awards, an Austin Critics Table Award and the Texas Legislative Black Caucus Outstanding Texan Award in Entertainment. She is a recording artist, voiceover artist and commercial actor.
Cassandra Knobloch - Board Member
Cassandra has been a member of Spectrum’s Board of Directors from June 2014 until the present, serving as vice-president from 2016 – 2019. Cassandra has two Masters and a Doctorate degree in Education and Communications, taught drama for 25+ years in higher education, and has extensive experience with board management of non-profit arts organizations.
Marilyn Harden - Board Member
Sister of Billy Harden and Executive Assistant 2013 to 2018, she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and is the organizer of The Luminaries, STC fundraising committee. Along with Spectrum acting credits, Marilyn has served as box-office manager for several Spectrum productions.
Wanda Rochelle Holland and Charles Gates joined Spectrum’s board of directors in October 2019.
What has Spectrum done?
Even without a permanent home, Spectrum produces at least one mainstage show a year. Past productions include Pipeline, Rosetta, Once On This Island, Spunk and Crowns. STC’s Play Reading Series feature readings of scripts by African American playwrights, followed by an audience talkback focused on the relevance and impact of the play. Spectrum has collaborated with Vortex Repertory Company, Dougherty Arts Center, Austin Playhouse, and Robert King Productions, along with other local non-profit organizations like Six Square Historical Society, Austin Historical Society and Capital City Black Film Festival. In the past STC’s produced Spectrum’s Master Class with the Stars, a workshop in conjunction with Google, that featured theatre professionals teaching performance technique for students aged 12-18.