Embolden workshop series
Teaching professional artists the business skills we never learned.
Discover various ways to effectively fundraise for your show or project including: digital, grants, individual giving, events, and community-centered fundraising.
Led by Simone Alexander of Ground Floor Theatre and New Manifest Theatre, Suhailah Waheed of Giving Geeks, and Heather Arnos of Armstrong Community Music School.
Thank you, Giving Geeks, for sponsoring this workshop!
COVID Update: We are requiring all in-person attendees to wear masks at all times, and encouraging all unvaccinated attendees to tune in virtually. As COVID restrictions evolve, we may need to move this event to an all virtual platform, and will notify all attendees accordingly.
Embolden is a three-part workshop series created by Salvage Vanguard Theater, Early Era Collective, and Ground Floor Theatre for artists to develop the business skills we were never taught. Experts in their fields will save you time, energy, and money in these donation-based workshops (suggested $8 to $25 per workshop). Attend one or all three of these 1.5 hour sessions, and meet other Austin artists who feel your pain!
This space is actively anti-racist, LGBTQIA+ friendly, and open to all artists seeking to grow and build community. If you have any accessibility questions or requests, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Black lives matter
Black Lives Matter
In light of the murders of George Floyd, Mike Ramos, and so many other Black Americans lost to police brutality, our company acknowledges and joins the fight for justice for our Black brothers and sisters.
In a country that claims to be one nation and touts justice for all, this tradition of violence is simply unacceptable. It is clear that the roots of racism need to be examined and swiftly removed. Our art form, local community, and company would not be what they are without the innovations and talents of Black dancers, musicians, and spoken word artists.
In one of the most segregated cities, we recognize the disparities young Black dancers face in accessing training, and the factors that hinder Black professionals from producing work. As part of this community we are advocating for change, and we welcome feedback from Austin’s artists and citizens of color.
Black lives matter. We see you, we stand with you, and we are in this ongoing and important fight for justice.
In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we have postponed our programming until further notice. Take a look at our Fall 2019 projects below!
Our last show of 2019 was on Tuesday, December 17th. This was our second year to perform as Austin Poetry Slam's feature, and it's one of our favorite audiences in Austin. If you haven't been to a slam, the high energy and community vibe is a must. Click on the picture above for more information about APS.
Thank you, Austin, for two incredible audiences at Louder Than Words on November 14th and 15th!! Our first enthusiastically braved the cold, and our second forced us to add seating for our largest audience to date! A huge thank you Carpenter Hotel for selecting us to be your first live show AND donating the space. Thank you The Creative Fund for your Q Grant to cover all rehearsal space rentals.
On November 8th and 9th we debuted "Bite The Bullet" at Seam East, the last show of Seam Project's season. Addy Allred's words and Jaylin Lane's movement used this popular phrase to name America's people of color as a target for mass shootings, and to show that these communities are often silenced after their losses. We so enjoyed sharing this impactful piece with Seam audiences.
Click on the picture above for more information about Seam Project.
Photograph by Earl McGehee. Piece directed by Stephanie Patrick.
Hip Hop Hooray
KOOP Radio Interview
Director Stephanie Patrick and Dancer Jaylin Lane talked about Of Thee I Swing on Hip Hop Hooray! Miss Manners asked questions about dance, hip-hop, the history of segregation in Austin, and how we spread awareness through art.
Click the picture to hear our interview on SoundCloud!
A Bit About Us....
We're an Austin-based 501(c)3 nonprofit creating performance for stage and film. EEC makes multi-form art showcasing diverse perspectives for diverse audiences. Our languages include dance - contemporary, tap, hip-hop, ballet - spoken word, music, acting, and any other medium we'd like to tackle. We're a collaborative entity always working toward pushing our own artistic boundaries!
Concepts and direction are provided by Stephanie Patrick, the founder and former director of Stephanie Patrick Dance of San Francisco, Asheville, and Austin. SPD was founded in 2012 and awarded the following honors:
-Q Grant from The Creative Fund, August 2017
-2016 Dance Artist Development Award from Arcos Dance
-2015 Starving Artists Award from Principal Creative and Performing Arts
-Recipient of Resident Artist Workshop (RAW) at SAFE House Arts June and December 2015
Stephanie brings those artistic successes and her strong vision to EEC, which premiered in the fall of 2018 with three productions in Austin. Early Era Collective is organized as a nonprofit organization to best support its collaborating artists.
© Early Era Collective 2019