Save The Secret Theatre

$13,917 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 164 people in 2 months

For ten years The Secret Theatre has brought incredible theatre, dance, music to an appreciative audience. Time Out named the theatre as one of NYC top 50 theatres, Playbill called The Secret Theatre the best theatre in Queens comparing us to BAM in Brooklyn, The St George's Theatre in Staten Island and the Lehman Center for the Arts in the Bronx.  All three of these organizations dwarf the 99 seat Secret Theatre.  

The Secret Theatre is in danger of shutting its doors due to the vicissitudes of the economy, fear about ongoing funding for the arts, and general 2017 malaise. This could happen as soon as February unless the LIC and Queens community, and everyone who cares about local theater and the arts, comes together to signal their desire to keep our treasured Secret Theatre alive.

For the past decade, the Secret Theatre has brought exciting, edgy, and sometimes beloved off-off Broadway shows to Long Island City with affordable ticket prices. It has hosted the Queens New Music Festival, Queens World Film Festival, Queensboro Dance Festival, and many others. It has nurtured the talents and dreams of Queens young people--children--who want to sing, dance, act, and make films. When people who value culture think of Long Island City, they think of the Secret Theatre.

We need your help to keep providing this incredible range of activities.

If we are a succesful the funds will be used to secure the immediate and mid-term future of The Secret while we re-organize  to maintain a venue that has been a cultural institution that has enriched the lives  of not only the theatre loving community but has been the platform for so many new plays, directors, actors and writers.

It's hard to put in words how grateful we will be for your support but we hope everyone we realise that you are supporting not only our dreams but the aspriations and hopes of thousands of artists.  Thank you very much.
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Save The Secret Theatre has reached 58% of its goal. Thanks to Court Square Diner, Brigitte and ALEX and many others.

It's extremely humbling to have everyone's support, today we surpassed our 50% goal and then some!!! The Diner has been and incredible supporter of many community projects and we love them for it!

Thank you for all the love. We intend to pay it forward.
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Hi Everyone,

Thank you very much for your support. Since you came aboard many others have joined and combined with donations that went directly to Fractured Atlas we are probably 50% of the way to the $20k goal.

BroadwayWorld featured our campaign:

I still need to raise the other $10K privately if I can and we are in the process of organizing and exciting Save The Secret Gala for Friday March 16th. Please Save The Date we have the beginnings of a great line up including latin jazz combo Willie Martinez who blew people away in 2015 when they played the opening of the LIC Arts Open. We will have other live music, incredible live flamenco dance America Bolero, a traditional/retro burlesque artist, live cabaret from Broadway performers and Secret Theatre alums, food, drinks, a silent auction including exclusive tickets to shows and other great prizes.
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Hi Everyone,
I've been frantic not only with pushing this campaign but obviously while we are open, we are open and there are many things to do!

I was on NY1 yesterday and here is the piece:

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Thanks everyone for the incredible support so far. We have a long way to go but the positive feeling of the action and support so far is very heartwarming and it fills our hearts with pride to know how the theatre is so loved. Here's a pic from this year's production of King Lear featuring the iconic character actor Austin Pendleton who described doing Lear [Dir. Alberto Bonilla] and 2016's City Girls & Desperadoes [Dir. R Mazda] as two of the best moments he has ever had onstage. Coming from a veteran of Broadway and Film like Austin. This is high praise. You have already done your part but perhaps you would consider sending our fundraising link to your network? Thanks again for everything, here is the link and Happy New Year [we hope!] : https://www.gofundme.com/SaveTheSecret
The incredible Austin Pendleton as Lear
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