Our Vision: To advance the overall level of theatre arts in Colorado.
Our Mission: To provide student and professional theatre artists with training rooted in graduate-level curriculum, taught by theatre professionals; and to integrate this training into the development of new intermedia performance work that engages audiences in the social and human issues of our time.
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VISIONBOX STUDIO presents
Orpheus Descending by Tennessee Williams
directed by Jennifer McCray Rincon
This play explores what Tennessee Williams called - "the fugitive kind" - Men and women outside of dominant society who are, to him, the most fragile and the most beautiful. The play is set in a small Mississippi town in the 1950's defined by racism and bigotry. While the world of the play is often disturbing and violent, there is also an underlying need in the characters for connection and love.
Message from Artistic Director - Jennifer McCray Rincon
Dear friends, colleagues, teachers, and students,
Starting in March of 2020, we transferred all of our training and performance work to ZOOM and other virtual platforms. We did not cancel one class or performance from March 2020 through May 2021.
While nothing can replace live work, we’ve found that our training and approach to text analysis transferred very well to Zoom. Our particular approach to technique is rooted in table work and text analysis, which becomes even more specific as behavior and blocking are removed. Actors must make stronger vocal choices (almost like in radio work) to communicate the objectives and actions of each scene they work on.
Beginning May 10th, 2021, we are moving back to live rehearsals and performances! Season 11 begins August 23rd 2021 with rehearsals of The Orpheus Project based on the play Orpheus Descending by Tennessee Williams with performances October 1, 2, 8, and 9th. This play focuses on what Tennessee referred to as "the fugitive kind". He saw these broken men and women, outcasts of society, as the most beautiful and compasionate. This "low-friction" production is part of our fall certificate program replacing the usual American Classical Realism classes. There are still openings for actors of all ages, levels, and backgrounds. We will then continue our usual fall certificate program with Chekhov, Ibsen, and Strinberg for 5 weeks, and Shakespeare scene study also for 5 weeks. This sequence of classes and projects emulates graduate-level study, and we hope to meet many new students and professionals.
I came from a generation of theatre artists who used the word 'color-blind'. This was a way to see all people as equals and to cast actors in roles regardless of their skin color, ethnicity or sexual orientation. Today we do not use that word. We see actors as individuals and as themselves and we look to celebrate and explore our differences in order that we find what makes us the same. That is the power of theatre. By exploring and celebrating our differences we find the humanity that connects us all to each other. I would like to use the word 'color-full' not colorblind. And I see the theatre as the most powerful way we can explore what challenges us as human beings, while also finding healing and hope. We are a company made up of diverse artists who are passionate about theatre at every level, who want to study, grow and change, and who want to raise not only the level of theatre arts in Colorado, but also its content. We see ourselves as vehicles for growth and change and healing in our community."
Jennifer McCray Rincon
WHAT WE DO
We offer 5 week scene study classes for actors of all ages, levels and backgrounds that culminate in a performance. While the focus of the class is on acting technique, each sequence can also be taken as a playwright or director with assignments and work tailored to these disciplines. We also offer ongoing audition classes on Saturday mornings and a Directors Lab on Saturday afternoons.
As an extension of the training program, Visionbox Studio Theatre has produced workshops of new performance work by nationally and internationally acclaimed writers, directors, designers and actors. These public performances of new work featuring multi-media design have included The Othello Project by Visionbox, Commedia, a new play by British Actor Daniel Gerroll, The Wild Hunt by Bill Pullman, A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas with Broadway Actor Bill Youmans and most recently a world premiere of Seeking Charlie Russell written and performed by Bill Pullman. Visionbox is a Tier III project of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) and part of the McNichols Civic Center Cultural Partnership Program.
Jennifer McCray Rincon
Founding Artistic Director
Jennifer McCray Rincón received her BA in Theatre Studies from Yale University and an MFA in Directing from the Yale School of Drama. She was recipient of an NEA Directing Fellowship at Playwright’s Horizons in NYC and a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship in Bogota, Colombia. After many years in New York, Ms. Rincón came to Denver as the Head of Acting at the National Theatre Conservatory, where she remained from 1991 through 2008. At the DCPA Ms. Rincón taught acting in the 3-year MFA Acting program and directed over 100 productions including Equus, Othello, The Laramie Project, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, The 365 Project, Monte Carlo, and Expedition 6 by Bill Pullman. Locally, Ms. Rincon has directed for El Centro Su Teatro, Shadow Theatre, The Historic Old Elitches Theatre, and was Founding Artistic Director of the Lizard Head Theatre Company in Telluride.
Since founding Visionbox Studio Theatre in 2010 Jennifer McCray Rincon has taught acting to Denver student and professional actors in five week sequences culminating in performance. She has also developed and directed a number of workshops and productions for Visionbox including: The Wild Hunt by Bill Pullman, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea by John Patrick Shanley, Lydie Breeze by John Guare, After the Fall by Arthur Miller, 2xTENN by Tennessee Williams, A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas with William Youmans, The Othello Project, an adaptation of Shakespeare's Othello and My Two Sisters, an adaptation of Chekhov's Three Sisters.
The SCFD allows arts,cultural and scientific organizations to follow their missions. It provides funding to hundreds of organizations every year. Visionbox Studio Theatre is a Tier 3 organization funded in part by SCFD grants.
Visionbox is a proud member of the McNichols Civic Center Building Cultural Partner Program. We perform our Visionbox360 Festival of New Works in this extraordinary venue. We will also be developing new classes and projects thanks to this partnership.
Colorado Creative Industries believes in the power of creativity to inspire human connections, create social change and support economic vibrancy throughout Colorado. We believe in the practice of creation, the artists and entrepreneurs who contribute to our rich culture and the benefits of our creative economy.
We support and encourage the innovators, creators, change-makers and dreamers who improve our quality of life and make Colorado creative. We focus on strengthening the vitality of visual, performing and literary arts through promotion, resources and funding opportunities. We believe in bold innovation and the invaluable contributions the arts bring to this beautiful state.
Visionbox Studio Theatre is 501(c)3 non-profit and all donations are fully tax deductible to the extent allowable by law.