Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Writer's Stage

  • Nashville, TN
  • www.writersstage.com

Mission Statement

Writer’s Stage is a non-profit organization founded in 2007 to provide opportunities for literary and performing artists to create and develop new works in front of a live audience. Our mission to support and nurture the development of new work from diverse artists and to build new audiences for such work through the following objectives:-- to present and encourage new and experimental work in performance art, literature, dance, and music by providing opportunities for emerging and established artists to develop this new work in a safe, supportive environment.-- to discover the needs and interests of artists of color by providing a venue in which cultural, personal, and societal issues may be explored and addressed-- to give writers of poetry, prose, nonfiction and science fiction the chance to read and/or speak before an audience.All the work at the Writer’s Stage is selected and presented and the artists are remunerated. Writer’s Stage is committed to maintaining an intimate yet relaxed environment, while providing a serious laboratory for performing and literary artists.

Main Programs

  1. The STAND Project
Service Areas

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Tennessee

The STAND project will tour through all parts of Nashville; north, south, east and west. It will also make stops in Dickson and Clarksville, Tennessee.

ruling year

2007

Principal Officer since 2008

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Mr James Reyland

Keywords

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DAVIDSON, The STAND Project, HOMELESSNESS and ADDICTION, Room in the Inn,

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EIN

39-2056566

 Number

2059467224

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Theater (A65)

Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy N.E.C. (R99)

orming Arts (Aer)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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Writer's Stage values it’s collaboration with The Next Level Arts and Entertainment Midset. Together with Barry Scott we have been privileged to participate in numerous productions and workshops with the Room in theInnand Campus Odyssey program.

Programs

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Program 1

The STAND Project

The STAND Project is a twelve week tour of the play, STAND. The true story of John “JJ” Ellis, who died at age 45 after being relegated to a life of addiction from the age of four; it explores the relationship between Mr. Ellis (B Scott) and the activist (C Arnold) who paused to help him.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Adults

Substance Abusers (Drug/Alcohol Abusers)

Budget

85000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Tennessee

The STAND project will tour through all parts of Nashville; north, south, east and west. It will also make stops in Dickson and Clarksville, Tennessee.

Funding Needs

Our most imediate need is to fund the actor and director saleries for the STAND project.

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Writer's Stage

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr James Reyland

BIO

Artistic Director Writer’s Stage Theatre, Nashville-The writer of many poems, three one acts and a two hundred page musical,“I’ll Take the Crowd,”with twenty-one songs and fourteen characters; a play that is currently holding up the back corner of my deck. I’ve studied English at a small liberal arts college inNorth Carolina; hosted a national radio talk show and for the past twenty-five years I have owned a recording studio/production company, Audio Productions on Music Row inNashville. My writing career began with thirty-second commercials and evolved to longer form network radio shows for top country and pop artist like Garth, Vince, Reba, Hootie and Creed. 
 My playwrights’ portfolio includes the production of‘Stuff,’called by Kevin Nance of the Nashville Tennessean “Entertaining, fast-paced and emotionally fearless!” Work shopped in 1999 and world premiered in 2008. A musical with Addison Gore “21 Baker Road”voted best ofNashville. ‘Shelter’produced by ANPT at TSU in 2006.‘A Terrible Lie,’the story of Walker Maxwell, a hack fiction writer who discovers a story within a story; a lie within a lie and ‘Article IV’,work shopped at Writer’s Stage in November 2009 to great reviews. And,‘Further Than We’ve Ever Been,’received glowing reviews from powerful theatre companies like, Arena Stage, The Yale Rep and The Public.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Ever determined, I now draw on my own experiences as a dramatist to found Writer’s Stage, a new nonprofit theater company whose main goal is to serve as an advocacy organization for Tennessee-based playwrights. Writer’s Stage is about the playwright—an individual I totally understand. I understand the frustration, the bitterness, the politics of everything he or she runs into. I understand how they feel on a daily basis, because I have felt it for the last 10 years. I’m trying to take what I feel and say to playwrights, ‘Look, keep writing. Keep producing. Don’t let ‘em knock you down. Don’t let ‘em bowl you over. Don’t be mad, don’t be bitter—but instead write your best piece’."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. James Reyland

Audio Productions, Nashville

Term: Jan 2008 - Jan 2013

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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