What is Theatre Unchecked?
Theatre Unchecked, is an emerging artist cooperative that seeks to create and produce original work by POC, queer and female identifying artists. Marisa B. Tejeda and Ben Swenson-Klatt created Theatre Unchecked after breaking into the professional performing arts world and discovering that the kind of art we wanted to create isn’t always available. Theatre Unchecked seeks to produce and create new work that is real, diverse, and unapologetic.
Furthermore, as emerging artists, we are often asked to only participate in the creating of productions rather than doing the creating ourselves. We don’t want to wait around for someone else to give us the opportunity. We believe in action and making opportunities for ourselves.
We believe we have something to share. We believe and seek to create art that isn't about checking off boxes. What boxes do you see unchecked in the Twin Cities artistic community? We refuse to be put in a box. We aim to create art that defies categorization.
We seek to build community - which is why we identify as a cooperative. Cooperatives go beyond their own wants and serve their community and we will do this by creating a space for emerging artists. We hope to build resources and provide a foundation to support one another. Our goal is to build a community that relies on and believes in one another.
We of Theatre Unchecked, are the emerging artists of today.
What is "Hand-Picked"?
Theatre Unchecked will be producing its first production in the 6th Twin Cities Horror Festival which runs October 26th-November 5th at the Southern Theater. The new theater cooperative is creating "Hand-Picked", the story of a secluded women's leadership camp where several campers have been brought along for more than just their talent. This dark comedy centers around women of color and those who identify as queer. It is about the real horrors of racism, appropriation, privilege and systemic oppression. The piece is being devised by 11 female-identifying artists along with co-directors Marisa B. Tejeda and Sulia Rose Altenberg.
Why these topics? The time is now. We were inspired by the film "Get Out," by its humor, its style and its portrayal of the horrors of living in a black body. However, we saw a gap in what was being presented: intersectional representations of women. We are also inspired by using comedy and satire to address serious topics. This show is going to be hard to make. We are talking about creating graphic images and we know the only way to cope with that for us is to have laughter. Laughter opens you up, and when you are able to listen closely through comedy, we can begin to unpack the racist and heteronormative society we are surrounded by.
Estimated Fund Usage:
$1100 for the cast ($100 each)
$350 Twin Cities Horror Fest Fee
$45 MN Playlist Advertisement
$800 for Stage Management/Admin/Directing/
$200 for website building on SquareSpace
$300 for space rental and materials such as programs, scripts, postcards, costumes and props.
Estimated Total: $2795
Anything that goes above the $2500 mark will also go to these needs along with laying the groundwork for future productions, support for emerging artists.
We cannot begin to thank you and we hope that you will join us on this journey.
Marisa B. Tejeda, Ben Swenson-Klatt, and Sulia Altenberg.
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