Black Box in The Strand

Tory Bullock
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Strand Theatre Black Box
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After spending my entire life interacting with the Boston theater scene, Something that has always stood out to me is that there are absolutely no places to perform in our inner-city communities. While Hibernian Hall, Strand Theater, and a bunch of other community spaces are all well and good they don't take into consideration that an artist may not always have between 400-1,300 audience members waiting to see their work.

Which often leads to half empty performances and broken spirits.

There is a need and an audience for a small professional multifunction performance space. In the theater world we call it a Black Box.

The Strand Theatre Black Box can be rented for rehearsals, private lessons, auditions, photo & video shoots, workshops / master classes, jam sessions, performances, and events. The black box will be a multi function space that will be able to house and accommodate a variety of performance styles ranging from performing to visual. This will be a hub for talent who want a space to create and perform in but aren’t in a position to break the bank to do so.

Staffing:
Director of Programs: This position will handle contracts, bookings, and scheduling. As well as being a visible presence in the Boston arts scene as to scout acts, build partnerships, and create a steady flow of activity inside of the black box.

House Manager: This person will be responsible for everything inside of the black box from a technical perspective. Any questions regarding lights, sound, tech needs, etc will be handled by this person. Ideally with the right candidate this can be one position.

Programming/Rental Information and Rates:

Theatre/Dance/Music Performance: All Performances require a contract; in order to book the theatre for a performance it is mandatory that you contact the Director of Programs via email. A cleaning / security deposit of $100 is due when the space is booked. Total rent is due at signing of contract. The Strand Theatre does not provide house, stage, or technical crew, however, references are available. A Strand Theatre liaison is required to attend each performance.

Audience capacity is approximately 40 seats. Alcohol, open flames, and the sale of anything are prohibited. • Use of Theatre per night: $200.00 • Use of stage lights/sound board: add $100.00 • Four performances, lights, and 6 hours of rehearsal time: $600 Rehearsals / Auditions / Jam sessions : Weekdays before 5pm: $10.00/hour ( 3 Hour Minimum ) Weekdays after 5pm: $20.00/hour ( 3 Hour Minimum ) Weekends: $30.00/hour ( No Minimum )


Video / Photo Shoots: The Black Box rental fees for a photo or video shoot are greater than our normal rehearsal rates and vary depending on usage, time, and equipment. It is possible to rent the black box with use of the stage lights for a video shoot with the approval of the theater manager (rent is dependent on usage, $150 flat rate fee applies for use of the lights and/or sound equipment for two hours, $25 each additional hour).






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