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December 28, 2020

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December 2020 

Dear Friends and NHTP Supporters,

As most of you know, our beloved black box theatre has been closed since March 15. On November 27 we opened our 2020-21 Season by hosting our first SoloStage artist for three audiences of 12 people, the most we can legally seat at this point. This has been a challenging year for everyone and the performing arts industry has not been spared.  With a 47% unemployment rate and most venues closed or operating with skeleton crews and extremely limited seating, the performing arts industry has been one of the hardest hit both locally and nationally. 

Thanks to support from many of you, along with a NERF grant from the state of New Hampshire, a federal CARES Act grant from NH Humanities, and a forgiven PPP loan from the SBA, New Hampshire Theatre project has managed to stay afloat and re-imagine many of our programs for the virtual world. In 2020 we:

  • Invested in video, audio and computer equipment for live-streaming; 
  • Hired CJ Lewis as our new Associate Producer for Media;
  • Continued to develop and deliver quality content by creating and hosting online webinars and workshops, filmed performances, and broadcast videos. 

We have also boldly commissioned new work with our SoloStage and Tiny Mayhem series of “experiments for the future of theatre,” and re-envisioned the Elephant-in-the-Room Series® to reach hundreds of new community members online. We are artists, after all, and thinking creatively in order to continue our mission of using the process of theatre to create revelatory experiences for our community is what we do.

But the future is deeply uncertain and our successes do not blind us from the realities that we face outside of theatre. With hunger and homelessness rising, nonprofit organizations like NHTP who tend to the soul may find ourselves in deep financial peril. We are holding on for now but even with the doors closed expenses like rent, utilities, and insurance do not go away.

Some of you have already given quite generously to NHTP this year, and for that we are extremely grateful. But if you haven’t donated yet – or even if you have given and want to give more – we hope you will consider supporting us with a donation during this annual giving season. As our 2020-21 season theme says: What are you waiting for? 

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Genevieve Aichele, Executive Director
Matt Saunders, President
Maria Carrasquillo, President-elect

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