The Endangered Species theatre Project officially began on May 1, 2018, and presented our first summer programming with "Ten by Tennessee" - a production of ten short plays by Tennessee Williams which played at Sky Stage in July and August of that year.
ESPtheatre’s mission is to bring enjoyment and understanding through live theatre that proactively focuses on diverse representation. We do this by: a) giving voice to forgotten plays and playwrights; b) producing and sponsoring local artists who stage/promote/celebrate productions that increase representation of women over age 40 and other historically excluded artists on the stage; and c) making vital connections between people of all generations.
Our goal is to engage our artists and our community in the universal human experience.
We promise to:
a) Hire at least 50% cis or trans women both on our stages or backstage,
b) educate ourselves on anti-racism and be actively involved in color-aware and anti-racist casting, and
c) opening roles to actors of all genders, and to actively work and train to be as inclusive as possible.
At ESP, we believe that art can provide a way for engaged citizens to better understand and more competently navigate difficult times such as these. We will continue to tell the stories that need to be told as a part of an ongoing struggle to make this society all that it can and should be.
"Peace produced by suppression is neither natural nor desirable." -- Anna Julia Cooper 1919
Christine Mosere - Artistic Director
Deanna Kinzie - Associate Artistic Director