Can You Keep The Secret

We have a Secret.. can you keep it?
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Long Island City, New York
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Can You Keep The Secret?


  • We are The Secret Theatre in LIC, NY.  We promote new works through our New Voices Project, our two annual short play festivals, we produce both Classical and Contemporary in-house shows, we are the only theatre in the borough of Queens producing weekly children's theatre shows, we also work with a range of great theatre companies like Gideon Productions, Flux Theatre Ensemble, Boomerang, Caps Lock, Anti Matter, Going to Tahiti and many more, we produce musicals such as our critically lauded Steampuk Oliver!, Urinetown, & Parade, we hold classes for students from 6 to 16 and provide coaching services to many. In addition we have become a center for great improv with over 5 improv shows a week & classes taught by Face Off Unlimited, we have hosted many contemporary dance shows and specialty music events like the Queens New Music festival, our hugely popular Johnny Cash festival alongside special tribute shows for Alex Chilton and Bill Withers.
  • After a tough year when we discovered that the building we were in was not compliant we were hit with Dept of Buildings fines, architect fees and we had to move the Little Theatre to a different location with all the attendant moving and construction costs. Our budgets are tiny and with no real reserve to speak of we are dealing with a cash hole that threatens our existence.  The Secret has become a major contributor to the cultural life of Western Queens and LIC and has been responsible for creating a theatre scene in LIC where none previously existed.  With your help we can continue to win  plaudits from The New York Times [multiple critics pick awards] also many shows and artists have won or been nominated for the New York Innovative Theatre Awards, we can continue to support awesome artists and to push the envelope of what can be achieved in a borough that needs us.
  • So many people in this community and in the general NY theatre and arts community think of us as an Institution and yet we receive no money from either the city council, the New York Foundation for the Arts nor from the Dept of Cultural Affairs.  If you help us you will keep a truly grassroots supported organization alive. And Kicking.

What We Need & What You Get

Let's break down what we need and what for...

  • We need around $10,000 + to help us close our funding gap and to enable us to make crucial upgrades.
  • If you donate to this campaign you can get really cool perks such as sponsoring a chair [your name or business on the back of the chair], at a higher level we will make you a sponsor of one of our annual festivals with full credit above the title line, logos on all our publicity, sponsor our Children's theatre programs - just $300 gets you 6 months with a full page advertisement on the back of either Pirate Pete's or Princess Particular's programs. Or get a full semester's tuition for 22 weeks for an aspiring actor [ages 6 - 16], get free tickets + a custom designed T-Shirt and much more...

The Impact

We are making essential changes to how we run the business and your contribution can help us transition to a much healthier place where we can imagine existing for another 10 years and beyond.

  • The Secret Theatre doesn't receive tax dollar money nor does it get capital or project grants. If you contribute you will help a theatre that has survived in a difficult market, on mostly ticket income only, to carry on providing the entire community of NY theatre lovers a a vibrant performance space for theatre, dance, improv, comedy, music and more. There is no Queens Art Center but the Secret Theatre has been giving artists the kind of platform including gallery space for years.  Help us keep it going!
  • Our successful track record includes hit in house productions such as our Steampunk inspired Oliver! the Musical [5 glowing reviews, sold out crowds every night], Richard III [all reviews over the top positive, sold out crowds] as well as outside productions such as Flux's Hearts Like Fists [New York Times critics pick], Gideon Productions Advance Man, Blast Radius and Sovereign [all three NYT Critic's Picks]
  • All contributors will be invited to a free Ball if we reach our fundraising target. If you want any more information about the work of the theatre or how we intend to keep the wheels on our wagon please email our Artistic Director Richard Mazda - richard@secrettheatre.com

Risks & Challenges

  • We thank you for your support. Be assured that the team at the Secret Theatre is committed to keeping our theatre alive with your help. We have done wonders in the last 7 years, what can we achieve with the support of our community? Miracles?  Why not!
  • Our plan for surviving this challenging period is already been put into action. Bookings until Spring 2015 are coming in and we have many new ideas to encourage growth including an expansion of our Children's Theatre programming, increased daytime classes to offset 'dark' hours which currently produce no income, we have also instigated a 'SECRET LOVES' campaign to identify and collaborate with local businesses. The Local NYC. Uncle Jimmy's Pizza [Sunnyside], Court Square Diner. Tiny You [LIC & Sunnyside] have already signed up. We expect to have collaborative cross-marketing stragegies with up to 20 local businesses by early September with no limit to the number of partners.

Other Ways You Can Help

If you can't afford to contribute please consider helping us by getting the word out.   Please email links on your friends facebook pages or merely email any interested parties that you think would be receptive to helpin out?

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$10,915USD
raised by 137 people in 1 month
109% funded
0 time left
$10,000 USD goal
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This campaign ended on September 4, 2014
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  • $10USD
    Give us a tenner

    For this we offer undying thanks, a permanent shout-out on our Secret website thankyou page

    17 claimed

  • $20USD
    Plenty for Twenty

    A For Ever Shout-out on our Funders/Supporters page on our website An "I Kept The Secret" custom 1 1/2"button 1 free drink on us! [Value $5]

    14 claimed

  • $25USD
    25 Miles to Go!

    A 'For Ever' Shoutout on our Funders/Supporters page on the website An "I Kept The Secret" 1 1/2" button A custom limited edition " I Kept The Secret" T-Shirt

    17 claimed

  • $35USD
    Words, words, words

    3 Titles from the Top Secret Books collection. 1x LIC One Act Festival Vol 1 1x LIC One Act Festival Vol 2 1x Act One:One Act Vol 1 A For Ever Shout-out on our Funders/Supporters page on our website An "I Kept The Secret" custom 1 1/2"button

    3 out of 10 claimed

  • SOLD OUT

    $40USD
    3 Chairs for You!HipHipHooray!

    A chair with your name, memorial dedication or business on the back A 'For Ever' Shoutout on our Funders/Supporters page on the website An "I Kept The Secret" 1 1/2" button A custom limited edition " I Kept The Secret" T-Shirt

    20 out of 20 claimed

  • $50USD
    2 Tickets to Paradise

    2 tickets to any Secret Theatre or Queens Players show [Value approx $36] A 'For Ever' Shoutout on our Funders/Supporters page on the website An "I Kept The Secret" 1 1/2" button A custom limited edition " I Kept The Secret" T-Shirt

    12 out of 20 claimed

  • $100USD
    100 ways to keep a Secret

    2 tickets to any Secret Theatre or Queens Players show [Value approx $36] A 'For Ever' Shoutout on our Funders/Supporters page on the website An "I Kept The Secret" 1 1/2" button A custom limited edition " I Kept The Secret" T-Shirt A chair with your name, memorial dedication or business on the back

    11 claimed

  • $150USD
    Dinner and a show!

    Dinner for 2 at Manducatis Rustica 2 tickets to any Secret Theatre or Queens Players show [Value approx $36] A 'For Ever' Shoutout on our Funders/Supporters page on the website An "I Kept The Secret" 1 1/2" button A custom limited edition " I Kept The Secret" T-Shirt A chair with your name, memorial dedication or business on the back

    2 out of 4 claimed

  • $200USD
    Big Time Producer!

    4 Tickets to any Secret Theatre/Queens Players show Associate Producer credit on any ST/QP inhouse production A chair with your name, memorial dedication or business on the back A 'For Ever' Shoutout on our Funders/Supporters page on the website An "I Kept The Secret" 1 1/2" button A custom limited edition " I Kept The Secret" T-Shirt

    6 claimed

  • $1,000USD
    A Thousand Thanks [to you]

    Back page advert on all mainstage ST/QP Productions in Big Theatre [Value approx $600] 10 tickets to any Secret Theatre or Queens Players show [Value approx $36] A 'For Ever' Shoutout on our Funders/Supporters page on the website An "I Kept The Secret" 1 1/2" button A custom limited edition " I Kept The Secret" T-Shirt A chair with your name, memorial dedication or business on the back

    2 claimed

  • $5,000USD
    Master of the Universe

    100 tickets to any Secret Theatre or Queens Players show [Value approx $1800] Or an entire private performance of any show Sung email birthday greeting for 10 of your friends or family A 'For Ever' Shoutout on our Funders/Supporters page on the website An "I Kept The Secret" 1 1/2" button A custom limited edition " I Kept The Secret" T-Shirt 10 chairs with your name, memorial dedication or business on the back

    0 claimed

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