One of the largest goals for any non-profit organization is to continually retain donors and increase fundraising on a yearly basis. Fundraisers and auctions have been reliable methods for financial stability, but as more nonprofit organizations look to a shrinking pool of donors, non-profits must change the way they ask for support. To stand out in a competitive market, theatre practitioners have the opportunity to create content that connects donors to non-profits through theatrical means. As a new performing arts hire for a non-profit, Seacrest Country Day School, our artistic team was approached by the school development team to find new ways to increase donations for their annual fundraising event. To accomplish this goal, our artistic staff developed a theatrical performance whose leading purpose was to raise funds for this non-profit organization. Inspired by the research in Curtains? The Future of the Arts In America by Michael M. Kaiser and The Art of Play by Gary Izzo, the objective was to create an interactive theatrical piece that not only provided entertainment and kept audiences engaged artistically, but simultaneously gathered donations to help provide financial support for our non-profit. This thesis is based on the creation and execution of the flagship production. The discoveries found during the reflection of this process have led to a working model which can be applied to future productions of Audience Participatory Theatre for Non-profit Fundraising
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Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
College of Arts and Humanities
Theatre; Theatre for Young Audiences Track
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Masters Thesis (Open Access)
Krumins, Ralph, "Bridging a Need: Audience Participatory Theatre for Non-Profit Fundraising" (2022). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2020-. 1400.