Innovator Incubator

The PlayGround Innovator Incubator is a multi-year intensive incubation program to support theatrical innovation and the launch of new innovative theatrical production companies. Each year, PlayGround will competitively select up to 6 projects/teams, providing each with access to a suite of services and resources in support of their initial development, first production, and strategic plan for post-incubation sustainability. In August each year, PlayGround will present the Innovators Showcase, a four-week new works showcase, featuring two world premiere productions and numerous other new play developmental activities and staged readings highlighting the work of Innovator Incubator participants. The 2019 Innovator Incubator cohort was announced on January 28, 2019. Guidelines for the 2020 cohort are now available and applications are due by December 1, 2019.

2019 INNOVATOR INCUBATOR PARTICIPANTS

Congrats to our Innovator Incubator Class of 2019. Read below to learn about the selected companies, leadership teams, missions, initial projects, and how you can follow them and support their work. All Innovator Incubator projects are fiscally sponsored by PlayGround (Federal ID 94-3336399) and contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Moonrisers Theater Company
Poltergeist Theatre Project
Queer Cat Productions

Same Boat Theater Collective
Theatre Cultura
The Epic Party Theatre

MOONRISERS THEATER COMPANY
Leadership Team: Christopher Magee, Michael Magee, Angel Hertslet

Mission: Moonrisers is dedicated to creating new works featuring the bizarre, the magical, and the surreal, that joyously celebrate escapism and embrace comedy of the absurd. To never linger overlong on a success but hurtle forward with new, exciting projects. To plant a seed of levity in our audience that can be carried and shared with others, in abundance.

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POLTERGEIST THEATRE PROJECT
Leadership Team: Britt Lauer, Chris Steele

Mission: Theatre that follows you home. Honoring San Francisco’s strong tradition of revolutionary art that ignites the flame of cultural and societal progress, Poltergeist creates radically queer, feminist, intrinsically participatory theatre. Whether  highlighting work by new artists or subverting and reframing a problematic public domain play to create a brand new adaptation, Poltergeist seeks to normalize and centralize Other narratives. Focusing on the tenets of inclusivity, representation, and accessibility, Poltergeist seeks to remind this city of its deep roots in queer art.

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QUEER CAT PRODUCTIONS
Leadership Team: Carson Beker, Nara Dahlbacka, Nicole Jost

Queer Cat Productions creates playful, perspective-queering, boundary-pushing theater and immersive experiences at the intersection of theater, games, and storytelling. We are committed to to curiosity about evolving forms; haunting : memory, resilience, genre-fluidity; and to the spirit of play , as interactive and consensual, as a space for risk and spectacular failure, as stories that we co-create, storytellers and audience, and that create us in return.

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SAME BOAT THEATER COLLECTIVE
Leadership Team: Lisa Kang, Ellen Koivisto, Bridgette Dutta Portman

Same Boat Collective’s purpose is to raise awareness about and inspire action against the pervasive environmental degradation that threatens our quality of life and community welfare. The collective aims to embody the diversity of our region’s voices, telling stories about, for, and with minority and lower-income communities who are the first affected by toxins and worsening environmental conditions, but who have the least say in what is done in their neighborhoods. We want to educate and to connect: to help people find their places in a complex and fragile ecosystem, to link communities with one another, and to show individuals their ability to take responsibility and to take action.

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THEATRE CULTURA
Leadership Team: Linda Amayo-Hassan, Janelle Aguirre, Dov Hassan

The mission of Theatre Cultura is, first and foremost, to provide the opportunity for local and national Latina theater artists to have a place for their voices to be heard in high quality, deeply invested productions. TC’s intention is create theater that will inspire, inform, challenge, empower, embrace and reflect the lives and communities of Latinas of the SF Bay Area and around the country. Themes of immigration, Latinx and women’s issues will provide the main focus for content. Plays will mostly be original and selected from active, working Latina playwrights from around the country.

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THE EPIC PARTY THEATRE
Leadership Team: Richard A. Mosqueda, Nikki Meñez, Alejandro Emmanuel Torres

The Epic Party Theatre is committed to producing new, wildly ambitious theatrical explorations of varying genres created by and for communities of color. We strive to showcase, celebrate, and support uniquely gifted local and nationally recognized artists of color.

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