Our Mission

 

A Work In Progress Theatre Company is a Baltimore based theatre ensemble, designed to assist in the advancement of playwrights by creating and maintaining a safe place where playwrights can develop new work, by offering a welcoming environment where the community can have a hand in the development of new material, and to act as a trusted resource for theatre companies, as they seek recommendations for new plays. 

 

The Us

Alisa L Brock

Founder & Artistic Director

I’ve always been fascinated with what we don’t say and how we choose not to say it. No matter how big or small subtext is embedded in every form of human communication, and lives in the writings of every great playwright’s work, every great actor’s performance, and even in the vision of every great director. However, while this indirect communication might be the foundation of every great work created since the beginning of human existence, it doesn’t serve us when requesting feedback in the early stages of developing new work. In other words, we need direct, open and honest perspectives to fuel our advancement; and we need a safe community to receive it. A Work in Progress Theatre Company is that safe place.  

Growing up in New Orleans, I started my theatre career at the age of 15, competing in the Speech Forensic League and excelling in the category of Dramatic Interpretation. There, I placed first in the city of New Orleans and top in the nation in Milwaukee Wisconsin. In 2005 I evacuated my hometown and found myself in Baltimore with very little in my pocket, holding one duffel bag that contained everything I owned. While struggling to build a new foundation after hurricane Katrina, I went on to study Urban Arts Production/ Theatre at Coppin State University and throughout the years I’ve performed in several theatres throughout Baltimore, such as, Center Stage, the 14 Karat Cabaret, Fells Point corner Theater, Arena Players,  The Strand Theatre and others.  

I’ve always been a writer. My mother is a journal writer and she has recorded over 50 years of her life this way and she taught me to do the same. I went on to develop this inherited skill for writing in different ways, but it wasn’t until March 2012 that I took my own words to the stage and premiered my solo play, "Make HERstory" (currently "So She Writes")at the Eubie Blake National Jazz and Cultural Center in Baltimore, MD, under the umbrella of A Work in Progress Theatre Company.  After much success with this production, a fire for organizing and producing was sparked within me and I went on to produce Make HERstory at various venues throughout Baltimore, MD, at DCBTF in Washington, DC, at various BCS supported organizations in Brooklyn, NY and at the La Mama Experimental Theatre in New York, NY. 

Along my journey I’ve crossed paths with some of the most phenomenal, talented and genuine theatre professionals / human beings in the industry and they have gifted me with what I've found to be the most invaluable reward; their feedback. It is my goal to create a space for other playwrights to have the same invaluable experience. 

Kyle A. Jackson

Assistant Artistic Director & Dramaturge

To me, the world is literally one big stage. I remember being young and watching people on the bus, on the playground, or at school thinking to myself, "Why do people act this way?"... As an actor, I have challenged myself to understand all types of people, and to find that center - that core- where we both meet. As a playwright and director, I have created worlds of my own, and characters that help bring to the world my vision of love, life and humanity. Being from New Orleans, the arts were literally on every corner. After receiving my Bachelor's degree in Theatre Arts from Morgan State University in 2011, my main objective was to bring my love of acting and writing with me wherever I go, whether it be New Orleans, Baltimore, D.C., New York City or London. I've performed in numerous productions back at home in New Orleans, and even more productions in Baltimore, most recently at Everyman Theatre and Centerstage. I have understudied in D.C. at Studio Theatre, and I have written and performed in my own work which was presented Off-Off Broadway in the summer of 2014. Pursuing a Master's degree in Arts Administration from Drexel University has recently fed my desire to not only create my own works, but to be a part of an evolving company whose goal is to grow to it's absolute greatest potential. I believe I've found that by becominga part of A Work in Progress Theatre Company. Our company's whole mission is about growth and development, and I'm definitely about that life

Casting Notice

A Work In Progress Theatre Company will be holding auditions for various actors who may be interested in joining our team as a Company Player.

 

Company Players will perform staged readings as part of our monthly play reading series starting in September 2016. Our first season will begin in 2016/2017, and, at that point, company members will also be given the opportunity to perform in our season selected production.

 

When? Monday, November 16, 2015
Where? The Bun Shop, 239 W Read St, Baltimore, MD 21201
Time? 6:00 p.m to 8:00 p.m.

 

Actors of various ages, racial backgrounds, nationalities, genders, sexual identities, religions and creeds are welcomed to audition.

 

Please send us your headshot and resume as well as a brief cover letter to aworkinprogresstc@gmail.com 

 

*Be sure to title the email subject RAA and your name. Example: RAA John Smith