Our Philosophy & Values (and goals for 2023)
Our Philosophy & Values (and goals for 2023)
To start the year we want to share the philosophy and values that drive our decisions from hiring and training, to producing and storytelling. No New Year resolutions here, just facts.
Here’s the breakdown:
- Mission & Values
- Producing Philosophy
- New Certifications
- Goals for 2023
Mission & Values
Radically innovate traditional production to inspire art that is accessible, inclusive, and economically sustainable.
We are a for-profit production company that caters mostly to the entertainment industry – from artists to organizations. Here’s how each part of our mission breaks down into tangible results:
radically – start with “what if” and not “what is”, and embrace failure in the pursuit of progress
innovate – there is no status quo
traditional production – if you can say, “but it’s always been done this way” then it’s traditional
to inspire art – the goal is supportive collaboration, new stories, new places to tell stories, and new ways of telling stories
that is accessible – we fundamentally do not believe in looking for “commercially-viable shows”, stories that “are theatrical”, or “belong onstage”, or “something our audiences will love”. There are people everywhere who lack access to the (general) luxury market of traditional production. It is our mission to reach those people by offering new ways to see art and entertainment, new ways to experience it, new places to present it, and new ways to distribute it.
inclusive – we demand environments that are safe, welcome people as themselves, provide physical and emotional access, meet people where they’re at and not where we want them to be, respect for everyone, an environment that invites and encourages all people to engage and be engaged.
and economically sustainable – small-scale shows and entertainment should have, and can have, economic stability. By innovating traditional production, and finding new ways to share and tell stories, there is a future where everyone gets paid, many price points are available, and nearly unlimited audiences, regardless of geographic location, disability, or other barrier to access, can participate.
Our producing philosophy is evolving, and will continue to do so. Here are some of the things we look for when engaging new storytellers and stories:
- Historically excluded and marginalized groups
- Unknown, undertold, and suppressed narratives
- Social justice narratives
- Desire for social impact beyond the stage or screen
- New, original works, that are not derivative
- Stories that mess around with history, mythology, language, and time
What are business certifications? The kinds of certifications we engaged in were to help us participate in the B2B and B2G (Business to Business, and Business to Government) procurement and RFP processes. For example, getting these certifications helps us engage with the NYC Department of Education, since we’re partially pre-vetted.
In 2022, Full Out Creative obtained two major certifications: LGBTBE® certification from the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce, and the NYS Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Business (NYS SDVOB) certification. Full Out Creative is majority LGBT and veteran-owned.
Goals for 2023
We’re working on an app for production communication (our lips are sealed about details) – stay tuned!
We didn’t start with The Kite Runner on Broadway, but it definitely opened some doors. For 2023, look out for updates on the following:
- The Insubordinates – a hybrid play about suicide by cop: a rarely discussed phenomenon that we believe deserves attention, and supports advocacy for more social work and counseling to be involved in the policing process. Our wonderfully-talented playwright, Michelle Kuchuk, a professional in the suicidology profession for over 15 years, and the Assistant Director to Stephen Karam for Roundabout’s Sons of the Prophet – has a wonderful lens through which this story is told.
- The Sunken Cathedral – while still in-the-works, we plan on hosting a small developmental reading for the duo who created this contemporary new musical, which we saw at New York Theater Barn’s New Work Series at the end of 2022.
- OUR FIRST FEATURE FILM! It’s in the works, but we don’t want to jinx it. Films spring 2023, likely premiering in late Spring 2024. More to come.
- Mikey’s Army, the little gay film with a big heart, is heading to festivals… again, don’t want to jinx it. When we have news to share, keep an eye out for that month’s newsletter announcement.
It has been a goal of ours to start offering FREE programming for artists and arts-adjacent peers. We are hoping to offer our first free class or workshop on Business 101 for Artists this year. Y’all are talented, and we want to offer you some tools to help you navigate the business part of ShowBiz. The more we collectively know, the better our change will be.