Thoughts. Musings. Philosophies. Regrets. Other.
Alternate Title: Stomping Ground Comedy finally STOMPS on Dallas.
I promise I'll never do that again.
Over the past year and a half I've been taking the advice of Carrie Fisher:
I've had struggles since returning to the Dallas comedy community that have lead to struggles in my personal life and enduring bouts of depression over the past 5 years. It all really pushed me to become a person I didn't recognize, and didn't necessarily like.
But over the past year and a half I've been working to take those struggles and hopefully make them into something positive for the comedy community.
And now here we are. Myself, along with an incredible team of friends and colleagues have launched Stomping Ground Comedy Theater & Training Center.
We felt in our collective guts that the Dallas comedy community was ready for a new space, but we couldn't have prepared ourselves for the love and support we have felt. We have been so floored by the response from people donating, reaching out to ask how they can help, and saying the nicest things...
...which is difficult for me because here is footage of me both accepting a compliment AND accepting help from others:
I'm working on it, okay?
Anywho, we are so thrilled by the response so far. And we are busting our butts to get our dedicated space open. Until then we are teaching workshops at the incredible Arts Mission Oak Cliff. We encourage you to join us at a workshop and get a sampling of the training we will offer. I'll be there. I'll be teaching some, but I'll also be taking some and continuing my own comedy education *insert fist bump* (do the kids still fist bump? No? Cool, cool cool...*starts dabbing furiously*).
We are also already out in the community sharing our Improv for Life Program. And let me talk about this for a moment because I have a lot of feelings.
Using improv techniques to help those with special needs is not unprecedented. There are already programs throughout the country like the ones at Second City and Hideout Theater in Austin. But it is unique to Dallas. And we are lead by an incredible Program Director, Andrea K Baum, who even 10 years ago recognized the benefits of improv when counseling her patients. She is so knowledgeable and passionate. And her passion for using improv to care for those with brain injuries partially came from caring for her own father, who has a brain injury.
Our dream is that we can show Dallas the benefits of Improv for Life and grow the Program to include other groups. As new research is done, the sky is the limit as to whose lives can be improved through improv.
Have I asked for money yet? This seems like a good time.
We are currently working to open our space, and we are fundraising in order to do so. If you've registered for a workshop you're already helping us fundraise. So from the bottom of our collective hearts, THANK YOU.
But, if you share our mission of bringing professional comedy shows and comedy training taught by veteran performers and teachers that provide you a pathway to becoming a performer yourself OR you feel passionate about our Improv for Life Program and its benefits- please consider donating. And then ask your friends to donate. And then ask their friends. You get it. We are a pending 501(c)(3) and once our tax-exempt status is approved your donations will be retroactively tax deductible. AND, your name will be displayed at our theater.
Or, tell us about your favorite organization that serves a special needs community and we can reach out to them about participating in our Improv for Life Program.
Or, if you have a business and you would like to partner with us, please reach out.
Or, let us know about another idea you have to get involved. We know there are other ways to help out, and we are game. Just reach out.
We encourage you to get involved and join our comedy family. Let's take our broken hearts and make them art because LAUGHING MATTERS.
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