(This post is a part of the Audience (R)Evolution grant program and blog salon.)
Cape Fear Regional Theatre’s Audience (R)Evolution (RE)Modeling program aims to change the way we do outreach to Fayetteville’s vast underserved military population at Fort Bragg by putting the military at the center of the artmaking experience.
The first phase of our project was working with our partner organization, Hidden Voices, to define the questions we should be asking as a community and then to meet with military families and draw stories out in a supportive, productive atmosphere.
This video talks about where we are in the process now, turning those stories into a piece of documentary theatre. Playwright Mike Wiley sat in on those Hidden Voices sessions and took the summer working on a draft of the play. We are working on developing a repeatable process that can be used in military communities across the country.
Tom Quaintance joined Cape Fear Regional Theatre (CFRT) as Artistic Director in 2011 at the top of the theatre’s 50th anniversary season. Tom created the board level Community Engagement Committee and started the Community Engagement Initiative. The first project in that initiative was The Parchman Hour, Songs and Stories of the 1961 Freedom Riders. CFRT received the first NEA grant in its history in support of The Parchman Hour, and the production was one of the most successful shows in the history of the theatre. Voices from the Homefront is the second project in the Community Engagement Initiative. CFRT has been invited to participate in the NEA’s 2014 Arts Engagement in American Communities initiative, an unsolicited grant program for organizations focused on “widening and deepening the engagement impact of exposure to the arts.” Tom is a graduate the University of California, San Diego MFA directing program. He and his wife Wallis are the proud parents of Mireille Julia.
Audience (R)Evolution is a four-stage program to study, promote and support successful audience engagement and community development models across the country. The Audience (R)Evolution grant program was designed by TCG and is funded by Doris Duke.