Howard Taubman Playhouse

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    The Howard Taubman Studio

    Get in on the literal ground floor and help us forge this barn into an art space. #forgeourbarn

     Danbury, CT, United States
    This is a Fiscally-Sponsored Project

    Fiscally Sponsored by Fractured Atlas

    We Did It!!!

    YOU GUYS!!! WE MADE $10K THANKS TO YOU!!!

    We are thrilled to let you all know that--with a big push from all of you--we have successfully raised enough money to fully fund the brand new floor of the Howard Taubman Studio!

    Your donations, added to FORGE's own investment and substantial gifts from the Richenthal Foundation and Virginia Lincoln have raised over a combined $35,000--enough to fully cover the costs of clearing the barn and providing a new concrete floor.

    We cannot thank you all enough for the generosity and support you have poured into this dream. We can't wait to share the results with you, and introduce you to the projects that will be taking shape in the space you've made.

    If you missed this campaign and are still looking to contribute, don't worry. Our Sponsored Project page at Fractured Atlas is open (https://www.fracturedatlas.org/site/fiscal/profile?id=15341), and any funds we receive that way will continue to make their way into the Howard Taubman Studio.

    Together, we've made something truly special. Together, we will be enabling the artistic development of more projects than I can even wrap my head around at the moment. Together, we have proven that setting time and space aside to imagine different worlds and other ways of being still holds value. You, our community, have our deepest and continuing gratitude.

    Thank you for helping us #ForgeOurBarn. Ten thousand times: Thank you.

          Sincerely,
                     -Greg and Chie


    The Final Countdown!

    Hi Friends!

         I just gave the go-ahead to our contractor to set a date for the concrete pour! Thanks to your wonderful contributions, we are fast closing in on the ability to pay for our brand new floor. In just a few weeks the cement will be dry and the space will be almost ready to welcome its first residents.

         I had a wonderful preview of what it will be like during last week's FORGE Fuel, when one of our composers retreated to the barn to try out some new melodies. As I passed by, I imagined his lonely tunesmithing as a herald of the many voices that will be raised in that room over the years--singing and reciting, rehearsing and performing, discussing and debating. The work has already begun. Thanks to you, it will grow into much much more. 

         As we round the bend into our last 72 hours of fundraising with the initial ask of $25,000 still far in the distance, I want to share with you what success means to us. As many of you know, Chie and I budget quite conservatively--we didn't even start a crowdfund until we were halfway to our goal!--and we still left ourselves a float of 25% to cover things like the marley flooring that our contractor wouldn't be sourcing. That means that $10,000 will see us through to the completion of this project...and we're already over $7k! 

          Success is within reach! And with your help, I think we'll make it. Thank you for all the support you've already contributed; it has already made so much possible. If you have the chance to spread the word to friends and colleagues by Sunday, we think we can get to our number. So please let people know!

          Thanks again for building this resource for us, and for the artists of greater NY. I'll be back in touch after Sunday to let you know how we did, and one more time with pictures of our beautiful new floor!

           Many Thanks,
                            -Greg 

    What Progress Looks Like

    Hello Friends,

           As work continues in the barn, I thought I'd catch everyone up on how far we've come.

           My earliest memories of the barn are as a garage, where we would park the car during our visits to Grandma Lori and "Gumpa How." When the house changed hands down the generations, the barn became a storeroom for three families' worth of detritus. By the time FORGE was looking to work on it, the interior looked like this:

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            Bikes, pool covers, lawn furniture and leftover beams took up the floor, while old support posts had divided the back corner into a rusty toolshed. It still looked the part of a rustic barn on the outside--but the inside was nothing but clutter, some of it dangerous clutter at that!

             We took down the "toolshed" walls last year and managed to get a good amount of junk hauled away but the posts and spare beams still remained, making the space feel smaller and more constrained. On Saturday I had the chance to see the work that TK has been putting in over the past week or so, and I'm happy to share it with you here:


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          We're getting ever closer to the space I've been hoping for: open to work and inviting creativity. The main beams have been sistered to remove the need for the support posts, and everything that had crowded the floor has been cleared away. The canny-eyed carpenters among you will also notice the additional sill work around the foundation, keeping the columns fully raised out of the eventual concrete slab. And the windows are finally able to open to the air!

          Everything is set to pour the concrete, lay the marley, and get to work...everything except the final funding. With your help, we can put down the floor and pave the way for artmakers to build their dreams.

          Massive thanks again to everyone who's supported us so far: you're the one's who've gotten us here. For anyone looking to jump in: now's the moment! We're just a few more steps away from the Howard Taubman Studio!

           Best Wishes,
                            -Greg

    A solid foundation

    Hello Friends!

    We're were here in Danbury celebrating our first full year of FORGE Fuel (with a screenplay, a play, and two prose projects), and we're itching to tell you about our progress with the Howard Taubman Studio!

    Thanks to our generous donors (including those of you who have already given to the crowdfund), we have put in our downpayment for the renovation and work is beginning

    Our amazing carpenter and contractor, Ted Knapp III, has been here all week cutting and fitting sillwork for the foundation (to give a bit of buffer between the walls and the soon-to-be-poured floor). TK is a great craftsman who has put a lot of love and hard work into this corner of Danbury, helping fix up both neighboring farms' houses and barns. The Knapp family's roots in this community go back almost to it founding; we're proud to be building on such a great foundation.

    We'll be sure to keep you looped and things come together. Let's keep it going!

    #forgeourbarn

       Much Love,
                -Greg & Chie
    Friends -

    After years of scheming, planning, talking, and dreaming, FORGE (Greg Taubman and Chie Morita) has hit the metaphorical giant green "GO" button on the barn renovation project (The Howard Taubman Studio), and we need your help to make it all come together. Many of you have been on this journey with us for a long time, and we can't wait to bring you the next step.

    20 years ago, when Greg was a kid, he would fill the big red barn by his grandparents' farmhouse with imaginary adventures. Returning there after college, he envisioned a home for others' imaginations, a space where art could live.

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    5 years ago, Greg and Chie were brought together by kismet, and have kept exploring, arguing, scheming, and dreaming about why art helps us thrive. Their shared passion and decades of combined experience inspired Chie and Greg to create FORGE, a company dedicated to helping artists achieve their own aims.
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    2 summers ago, Chie, Greg and a group of eager young artists entered the barn with gusto (and a sledgehammer or two) and pulled years of detritus, dust, and croquet mallets into a dumpster. Some of you were there with us.
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    What emerged from this musty spring cleaning was a blank slate, and a possibility. We have since learned more than we ever imagined about the weight of concrete, and continued to dream about space.
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    And now, after a year of successful FORGE Fuel Writing Retreats, client development, and project planning (and a lot more time spent staring at rafters), FORGE is thrilled to start renovation on the-little-barn-that-could, to turn a rustic red box into an artistic home. Between FORGE's own investment and a few generous donations we are already half way to our goal!

    Once completed, the barn will begin offering week-long residency opportunities as the Howard Taubman Studio: a 1000-square-foot open art space, surrounded by farmland, still in easy reach of New York City, dedicated to giving a chance for artists to let their work breathe.

    Check out our awesome rewards to learn more about what we have imagined, and leave your mark on our new art home.

    Get in on the literal ground floor and help us forge this barn into a studio.

    #forgeourbarn

    Love,
         Greg and Chie

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    Howard Taubman Playhouse is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non­profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of Howard Taubman Playhouse must be made payable to “Fractured Atlas” only. Any contribution above the value of the goods and services received by the donor is tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

    Rewards

    Featured

    A square foot! A square chair!

    Donate $50.00 or more

    Amount is fully tax-deductible.

    You've covered one square foot of floor space in this barn! As we welcome audiences, they'll learn about your support by sitting in a folding chair bearing your name!

    It takes a village!

    Donate $25.00 or more

    Amount is fully tax-deductible.

    As a thank you, we will give you a shout out on our social media feeds (Facebook, Instagram, and in our blog, Sparks from the Forge) and list your name on the donor page of our website! 
    Let us help you spread the word! 

    Fancy a seat?

    Donate $100.00 or more

    Amount is fully tax-deductible.

    A fancy, reserved seat with your name on it! Get your name affixed to a durable wooden or prop chair which will be specially reserved for you (along with exclusive advance notice) at any performance you wish to attend.

    A window on the process!

    Donate $250.00 or more

    Amount is fully tax-deductible.

    Your name attached to one of our shiny new windows! Shed light
    on all the new work coming to life in the barn and give the hardworking
    artists inside a peek at their beautiful surroundings.

    Artist's Patron

    Donate $500.00 or more

    Amount is fully tax-deductible.

    Sponsor an artist for a FORGE FUEL Writing Retreat! Clue us in to your favorite budding author, poet, or playwright and we will curate them into a weekend of quiet writing time, talkback sessions with other writers, and the best cohort in (or just outside of) town. 

    Company Sponsor

    Donate $1,000.00 or more

    Amount is fully tax-deductible.

    Sponsor a FORGE FOSTER Residency! Support the growth of your favorite theater company, young writer, or new musical, by granting them a week-long developmental residency on their next project in the newly-refurbished Howard Taubman Studio, complete with FORGE's hospitality and professional support.  

    Power Behind the Scenes

    Donate $2,500.00 or more

    Amount over $100.00 is tax-deductible.

    Backstage at the barn! Join FORGE for exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the Howard Taubman Studio. We'll host you for an overnight during a FORGE FUEL or FORGE FOSTER to tour the space, share a meal with the artists, discuss their projects or FORGE's work, and experience the amazing collaborative space you've helped to create.

    Inaugural Impresario

    Donate $5,000.00 or more

    Amount is fully tax-deductible.

    A Named Residency Season! Link your name to the Howard Taubman Studio and the FORGE FOSTER Residency Program by sponsoring an entire season of four residencies named in your honor. The 2017 Your Name Here INAUGURAL SEASON could be yours!

    Fully Claimed!

    Table (or bench) for three!

    A whole bench for your friends! Get your name affixed to one of our hand-made, lovingly crafted benches (by Brandon Tyler Harris!) which will be specially reserved for you and up to 2 friends at any performance you wish to attend (along with exclusive advance notice).