My name is Greg Fiebig, executive director of Hoosier Shakes. I’ve taught theatre in Higher Education for the past 20 years, usually at small universities like those in Grant and Wabash counties in Indiana. Part of me always felt a little guilty about teaching and directing students passionate about the performing arts knowing that the chances for them to succeed in the business were slim at best. I know how important contacts are in the performing arts. The adage, “It’s not what you know, but WHO you know,” applies to most any business, but for the theatre practitioner it is absolutely essential to know folks like directors, actors, casting agents, etc.
Hoosier Shakes is, in part, an effort to provide local college students with an opportunity to get their first real break in show business and to develop a network for success by appearing alongside professional artists and directors from across the country. Last season, one of our local actors later auditioned for one of the professional director’s home company and subsequently landed a two-month gig as an actor in Romeo & JuliLIT. So, the networking aspect of our plan paid dividends as well.
Would you help us give a hand up to the young artists-in-training? Your gift of $500.00 would cover the stipend of one of our student actors during our summer season, or you could sponsor them for a week with a gift of $83.00, or $11.90 per day. I cannot begin to tell you what it means to a young artist to get paid, even a modest amount, for their work. It validates their calling, their work, and their passion. And you gift today will begin to build a network in the business that will pay dividends for years to come.
Here’s how YOU can HELP —> https://www.gofundme.com/hoosier-shakes-summer-2017