Hi! We've pulled together some of our favorite dance and theater campaign resources. These include best practices and tips to help you tackle everything from experiential rewards to outreach planning to how much time you should be spending on your video.
Before you hit that launch button, do one thing really quickly: take a deep breath and celebrate the work you've done so far. Remember that first spark that inspired your project and the many steps you've taken to bring it to life. You've got this!
- As a first step, we recommend checking out our Creator Handbook.
- Jessica, our Performance Outreach Lead, shares some tips and advice for how to run a Kickstarter project for your next performance.
- Additionally, these dance and theater creators share their tips on setting your funding goal, telling your story, planning your rewards, and building an audience.
- Theater artist Kaneza Schaal spoke with our colleagues at TCI about creating your own notion of what theater can be.
- Looking for some advice on writing a balanced project budget? Kay Takeda can help.
- Annie Bielski, a visual artist, writer, and performer, shares some advice for producing a creative event on a small budget.
- JJ Tiziou, a Kickstarter creator who photographs ‘Philadelphians who love to dance’ through his project How Philly Moves shares 10 project tips for creators.
- We also have these 5 tips for running a dance project, that we’re sure will be helpful for running a theater project, too!
- Take a look at how the London-based theater company, Improbable, launched their first Kickstarter campaign. Spoiler: Jim Broadbent narrated their video!
- Wondering how to run a campaign that highlights your artistic practice? Kickstarter creator, choreographer and performer, Raja Feather Kelly shares some advice.
- Bebe Miller, a choreographer, dancer and director from Brooklyn, discusses how your creative process can evolve over time.
- TCI spoke with playwright Max Posner about the wonderful problem of making theater, and playwright Christopher Shinn about the ephemeral pleasures of theater.
- Need help turning your performance project idea into a reality? Take a look at Jessica’s step-by-step instructions for getting ready to launch in 6 weeks.
If you’re looking for some inspiration, take a look at the Dance and Theater Explore pages. We’ve also shared some of our favorite projects below:
- Aleshea Harris’s What to Send Up When it Goes Down is a ‘play-pageant-ritual-homegoing celebration in response to the physical and spiritual deaths of Black Americans as a result of racialized violence’.
- A Dance for Dark Horses combined all the things we love to watch into 60 minutes of dance magic, using bold choreography and subtle humor.
- A bilingual nightmare play, Suicide Forest is a humorous and dark look in to Japan’s underbelly culture.
- Cherie Dre is an intimate history of the Jewish Borscht Belt told through Sacha’s maternal grandmother’s dramatic romance with a mysterious showgirl.
- Sadie Clark used Kickstarter to take her ‘bisexual Bridget Jones’ tragicomic one-woman play, Algorithms, to the Edinburgh Fringe.
And if you’re thinking about following in the footsteps of Phoebe Waller-Bridge (of Fleabag fame) and taking your performance to the Edinburgh Fringe, take a moment to explore all of the projects on the Kickstarter x Edinburgh Fringe page for inspiration.
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Ready to take the plunge and start your Dance or Theater project? Go ahead and begin building it now - we're excited to see your creative idea come to life!