What ART THOU bardfly?
Bardfly is a Los Angeles-based, site-specific theatre company.
We do Shakespeare, and sometimes other stuff. We do it in bars, in parks, in places you can drink a beer and stop and smell the audience. We try not to run longer than 90 minutes, we don't feel like English class, and we won't let you miss the dirty jokes.
Shakespeare's either rolling in his grave or toasting us.
WHEREFORE ART THOU?
Bardfly Theatre Co. envisions a Los Angeles where watching a play or other theatrical performance feels as obvious a choice on a night out as seeking out live music. We believe theatre, including Shakespeare, should feel fun and accessible and double as a social experience.
We want to:
- Appeal to audience members from all walks of life, not just “theatre people.”
- Bring people together, not in a dark room where they sit quietly and absorb art, but where they laugh, drink, eat, and socialize while watching the production.
- Help bring visibility and business to the restaurants, bars, and other spaces we partner with.
- Fairly compensate the professional artists involved & fight against a culture where artists can’t support their livelihoods with their art.
- Educate young artists, sharing the valuable artistic and personal development skills theatre offers.
We are thrilled and grateful to say Bardfly’s first year has gone very well! Every performance has had a full house, we’ve worked with 24 professional artists, and we’ve been taken on by Mockingbird Incubator for a two-year fiscal sponsorship program that is allowing us to rapidly grow and solidify. Here’s how we want to level up/what we’re raising money for?
- Purchasing a Lavalier Microphone setup for performances
- Paying our artists & administrators
- Operating & Marketing costs
- Production costs - by design, however, we keep these very low.
You can also donate to us via our fiscal sponsor, Mockingbird Incubator, a registered 501(c)(3) organization in California, EIN 83-1987515, ATTN: Bardfly Theatre Co. And in case you need it, their email is email@example.com.
We are also eligible for gifts from many Donor Advised Funds and donation matching programs. Thank you!
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Bardfly Theatre Co is a fiscally sponsored project of Mockingbird Incubator, a registered 501(c)(3) organization in California, EIN 83-1987515. Learn More Here