Monday, September 13, 2004

In Other News

I mentioned a while ago that I wanted to start a not-for-profit organization that would sponsor a playwriting competition for gay and lesbian youth.

Well, I met with the attorneys last week. Soon, if the fates smile and I somehow come up with about $600, I will be the director of an as yet to be named playwriting competition. Thanks to the words of support from my friends (Rob, David, Faustus, et al), I am less freaked out and more excited than I have been about anything I've ever done.

I think that's a good sign.

Here are the steps I have to take. Name the bleeding thing. Come up with the various filing fees (thus wiping out my savings). File the documents. Get a bank account and post office box. File with the IRS. Start raising money like a fiend. Set up a web site. Open the competition.

Then the fun begins.

I know that several of you who read my site have backgrounds in theater. If any of you would like to make helpful suggestions, or better yet, get involved with this project, send me an e-mail and let me know. I'd love the feedback and extra help.

I imagine I'll be posting about this again soon.


11 comments:

Hot Toddy said...

Congratulations - this is exciting news. Can't wait to hear more as it develops!

Nicole said...

That's awesome! Are you making this regional or national? I'm also wondering if you're getting your alma mater in on this (or at least keeping them abreast of your good works! :))

Cheers!
Nicole

Anonymous said...

An admirable undertaking! Are you setting it up as a private foundation or a public charity? There are pros and cons for either option. I know this because I volunteer with a small public non-profit here in NYC and some of the hoops we need to jump through are a pain in the arse.
An Avid Reader

palochi said...

Ahem...

Where's your PayPal link or something else like it for contributions?

Jeff said...

Wow, awesome! My background is not in writing for theatre, but I've done some writing here and there, so if I can help with reading submissions or something, please let me know. You're a good egg for doing this.

Zenchick said...

YAY!!! {shakes pom poms}
And...whatever I can do that you need, you know the #!

zeitzeuge said...

I think this is great Crash! Good luck!

ruggerjohnnyd said...

Good luck with your venture... let me know if you need my help with anything.

ModFab said...

My theatre company recently began a playwriting competition, too...albeit for adults. If you want to discuss the joys and struggles sometime that we've faced, I'd be happy to. Good luck with it!

Crash said...

Gabriel, I would love to pick your brain about this. My e-mail is on the right at the bottom. Drop me a line and we can chat.

Brian, the 646 Guy said...

How about the Brian the 646 Guy How Gay Can It Get Playwriting Festival