Flying Anvil Theatre - Derelict Building to Dynamite Theatre!

Help us transform this cool 1920's era car dealership in Knoxville, TN into a first-rate professional theatre. (Photo courtesy of East TN Historical Society)
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Jayne Morgan
Theater
Knoxville, Tennessee
United States
3 Team Members

THE PITCH

We're Flying Anvil Theatre - a 501(c)(3) non-profit professional theatre in Knoxville, Tennessee.  Founded by long-time friends and professional theatre artists, Jayne Morgan and Staci Swedeen (check out our full story at flyinganviltheatre.com) in 2011, Flying Anvil has produced first-rate shows in a variety of settings.  Our 2012 show, Pardon Me For Living was selected by Piccolo Spoleto Festival this past May!

Knoxville has a great audience - but it's lacking in viable performance spaces for theatre. We've produced shows or readings in a lecture hall, a museum gallery, a restaurant, a junior college theatre and a hotel ballroom - and that's a problem. None of these spaces are OURS. The expense and lack of technical capabilities seriously limit our ability to do the kinds of shows we're capable of and we know Knoxville will love! 

But we've found the solution! A very cool historic building in downtown Knoxville! We have a friendly landlord, a favorable lease, and the experience and vision to create a theatre that not only tells incredible stories, but pays for itself!

We need your help to make this happen. Your donation will be used to create the flexible performance space with 250 seats and underwrite our first season of edgy, explosive theatre.

Thanks for considering us. We appreciate any donation so much!

 

WHAT WE NEED AND WHAT YOU GET

Our goal is to raise $90,000.00. That amount (along with in-kind donations from our amazing partners) will allow Flying Anvil Theatre to fit out the theatre with lighting and sound systems, risers, a movable stage, and much more. Plus, you'll help pay our actors and designers. A big part of our mission is to help area theatre artists make a living from their hard work.

We've created a list of crazy good perks - to thank you for whatever you can give. You can choose to buy a seat ($350) or a lighting instrument ($250) or make our currently ink-less Artistic Director get a tattoo of our logo!  ($10,000.) We have posters, tee-shirts and naming rights (The Your Name Here Stage!) up for grabs.

Our landlord has kindly given us 90 days to raise the money to transform the theatre.  Six weeks after that, we'll open with our first show of the season - THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK MUSICAL - which has been called 'Southpark meets Desperate Housewives'!

Any amount over our goal will be used to fund our season and make sure our theatre designers and actors are well compensated!

If we don't reach our goal, all funds will be converted to production budgets for shows in rental venues. Your donations will be used for design and construction of the set, paying a great cast for rehearsals and performances and promotional materials. If you're one of our largest donors, (over $10,000) we'll contact you to discuss how you would like your donation to be used.

 

THE IMPACT OF YOUR DONATION

Flying Anvil Theatre is trying to create something that does not exist in Knoxville - an intimate performance space capable of producing professional-level productions with first-rate lighting and sound. We'll be small enough that there won't be a bad seat in the house and large enough that we can survive on our ticket sales.

But this space won't just benefit us - we'll make our stage available for other struggling companies to use at an attractive rental rate and provide technical and artistic mentoring to raise the standard of all live theatre in town. In addition, our space can be rented for concerts and events.

Our artistic team is guided by professionals with many years of experience as SAG and Equity performers. We have a hard-working Board that includes a wide variety of skills and expertise that includes architects, doctors, business owners, teachers, lawyers, event planners, film-makers and architects.

We've got a great reputation in town, but we're ready to fly higher. Please consider giving what you can to help Flying Anvil soar!

 

OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP

If your bank account is busted, we totally understand. But you can still contribute! Please help spread the word and make some noise for us!  Check out our perk list and see if there's something that fits someone you know. Use the Indiegogo share tools. Talk us up on facebook, twitter and other social media outlets. We appreciate anything you can do to ensure our campaign is a success!

 

 

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$7,605USD
raised by 61 people in 2 months
8% funded
No time left
Verified Nonprofit
$90,000 USD goal
Flexible Funding This campaign has ended and will receive all funds raised.
Campaign Closed
This campaign ended on September 13, 2013
Select a Perk
  • $10USD
    You rock!

    *We love and thank you!!

    5 out of 5000 claimed
  • $25USD
    PHOTOS OF FLYING ANVIL THEATRE

    * Before and After photos of our space! * Four digital photos, emailed straight to you. * Our love and thanks!

    6 out of 500 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $40USD
    FLYING ANVIL THEATRE T-SHIRT

    * High quality white cotton tee - logo on front, "Hey Y'all Watch This!" on the back. * Your FAT tee shirt. Wear it with pride! * Our eternal gratitude!

    10 out of 300 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $50USD
    SIGNED POSTER

    * Cool poster of GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK MUSICAL, suitable for framing, signed by cast and crew. * Our eternal thanks!

    2 out of 200 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $75USD
    SIGNED POSTER AND TEE SHIRT

    * Poster for THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK MUSICAL signed by the cast, suitable for framing. * One cool FAT tee shirt. * Our eternal gratitude.

    3 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $120USD
    POSTER/ TEE/COFFEE CUP!

    * Poster for THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK MUSICAL signed by the cast, suitable for framing. * One cool FAT tee shirt. * Lovely latte cup with our logo. * Our eternal gratitude!

    8 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $250USD
    BUY US A FRESNEL!

    * This basic lighting instrument is the workhorse of any lighting system. We need a lot of them! * Thank you on our donor wall. * Our eternal gratitude!

    3 out of 40 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $350USD
    BUY A SEAT, ANY SEAT!

    * Help us create our comfortable and welcoming space for audiences. While they last! * Name plaque on seat for 5 years. * Digital photo of your plaque. * Thank you on our donor wall. * Our eternal gratitude!

    1 out of 200 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $400USD
    BUY US A DRAPE!

    * A theater needs black drapes...and they're not cheap. Your donation buys a drape and the hardware to hang it. * Thank you on our donor wall. * A backstage trip to visit your drape. * Our eternal gratitude!

    0 out of 12 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $500USD
    COSTUME OUR ACTORS!

    * Underwrite the costumes for one of our shows. * Get photos of costumes, suitable for framing. * Two tickets to Opening Night, with a visit backstage to see the costumes. * Mention in the program. * Listing on our donor wall. * Our eternal thanks!

    0 out of 8 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • SOLD OUT

    $750USD
    BUY US A SCRIM!

    * Buy a scrim (a fabric curtain that lighting designers can light for cool effects, from sunrises and sunsets to forest shadows and lightning) and see what we do with it. * 2 tickets to the show of your choice. * Thank you on our donor wall. * A backstage trip to visit your scrim. * Our eternal gratitude!

    1 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $1,000USD
    CREATE A DRINK FOR OUR BAR!

    * Budding mixologists can create a signature drink and name it! (No blender drinks, please!) * Listing on our donor wall. * Your photo behind our bar for one year. * Digital photo with cast at the bar. * Our eternal gratitude!

    1 out of 4 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $2,500USD
    PAY OUR RENT FOR A MONTH!

    * For the practical type who wants to help us meet our ongoing obligations. We'll happily declare one month yours! * Listing on our donor wall. * Declaration of "Your Name Month" during our nightly curtain speech. * 4 free tickets to our show during your month. * Meet and mingle with the cast after the show. * 2 cool Flying Anvil Theatre tee shirts. * Our eternal gratitude!

    0 out of 12 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $3,000USD
    NAME A DRESSING ROOM!

    * Honor an actor or theatre lover in your family by naming one (or both) of these hard working spaces, where actors transform themselves before every show, after them! * Naming plaque on the door to the Dressing Room. * Featured Billing on our Donors Wall. * 2 Season tickets for our first season. * Invites to our Opening Night parties with cast and crew. * Photo of the Dressing Room, suitable for framing. * Backstage tour. * Our eternal gratitude!

    0 out of 2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $5,000USD
    PICK A PLAY, ANY PLAY!

    * Flying Anvil Theatre will do a first-rate staged reading of your chosen play with up to 6 professional actors. * Sit in on casting session and rehearsals. * Producers credit in program and promo materials. * 8 tickets to the reading and 2 Season tickets for 1 year. * Our eternal gratitude!

    0 out of 2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $7,500USD
    NAME OUR BAR!

    * Naming rights for the bar with plaque for 5 years. * Featured Billing on our Donors Wall. * 2 Season tickets for 2 years. * Invites to our Opening Night parties with cast and crew. * Photo of the Bar area, suitable for framing. * Thank you in our programs. * Our eternal gratitude!

    0 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $10,000USD
    TATTOO OUR ARTISTIC DIRECTOR!

    * Thanks to you, Jayne Morgan (currently ink free) will have our logo permanently etched on her skin! * Featured thank you on our donor wall. * 2 Season tickets. * A consultation with Jayne about location and colors. * Video with live commentary of the tattooing. * Photo, suitable for framing, of tattooed Jayne. * Featured story on our webpage, plus media coverage. * Matching tattoo for yourself, should you choose to do so. * Our indelible gratitude!

    0 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $15,000USD
    LIGHT UP OUR THEATRE!

    *Your donation will pay for a first-rate dimmer system and environmentally friendly LED instruments! * Featured thank you on donors wall. * Featured story on our webpage. * 4 Season tickets for 3 years. * VIP Invite to our Donor Event. * Sit in on a Production meeting of your choice and take a backstage tour. * Two production lighting photos, suitable for framing. * Free valet parking. * Our eternal gratitude!

    0 out of 3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $25,000USD
    NAME OUR RETRO LOBBY!

    * Naming rights for the lobby with plaque. * Acknowledgement on printed material and curtain speeches. * Co-Star Billing on our Donors Wall. * Featured story on our webpage. * VIP Guest at our Donor Event. * 4 Season tickets for 5 years. * Invites to our First Read-throughs, Opening Night and Closing Parties with cast and crew. * Free use of the lobby once a year. * Free valet parking. * Our eternal gratitude!

    0 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $50,000USD
    NAME OUR STAGE!

    *Your Name and/or logo on plaque in theatre to honor your donation! * Acknowledgement on all printed material and curtain speeches. * Featured story on our web page and media packages. * Top Billing on our Donors Wall. * Guest of Honor at our Donor Event. * 6 Season tickets for 5 years. * Free use of the theatre - one event once a year for 5 years. * Invites to our First Read-throughs, Opening Night and Closing Parties w/ cast and crew. * Free valet parking. * Our eternal gratitude!

    0 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
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