Studio A Theater

$8,415 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 61 people in 20 months

Studio A Acting Company was born in 2010 from the Movie Makers Master Acting Program. Melissa Lozoff, the creative director, wanted to create a space where teens could get serious about their acting. Studio A Acting Company is for teens who have a passion for the arts and need a professional classroom to further their skills. But we need your help...

We have lost our theater space and need a place to perform!

Studio A Acting Company has many classes, ranging from beginning acting classes to the Intermediate/Advanced Classes to the Master Class where they produce 2-3 full shows a year. Hundreds of students pass through Movie Makers and Studio A's classes each year. 

Passions have been ingnited, life skills are instilled, and lives have changed through the teachings and direction of Melissa Lozoff. Melissa has worked for over 25 years in film, television and theater. She attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and worked for years in Hollywood as a professional actress, before moving to North Carolina. Melissa is also the host of the PBS Television series BABY MAKES THREE, which is currently in its third season. 

Securing a theater for our showcases and performances has always been very difficult. There are very few performance spaces in the area, and the few that exist are very expensive to rent. Studio A is desperate for its own theater space, where we can showcase the talent of all of our students as well as put on full productions. The theater we rented the most, Common Ground Theater in Durham, just closed its doors this year. We now have no other option other than to create our own space. 

We have very little time left to get our theater up and running and WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Our first showcase is set to take place in our new space on Sunday, April 30th! And ARSENIC AND OLD LACE, our inaugural production by our Master Class, is set to open Friday, May 12th!

Our new space is under construction NOW!

Everything donated will go straight to our theater space! Check out what we need: 

Portable Risers - $5, 000

Theater Chairs - $2, 000

Lighting System - $1, 500

Sound System - $700

Sound/Lighting Board - $500

Projector  &  Screen - $1, 500

Sound Proofing materials - $500

Lobby Furniture - $1, 000

Backstage Furniture & Props - $2, 000

Storage System for risers/chairs/props - $1, 000

Paint for walls / backdrops - $500

General Supplies - $500

Construction / Man power - $5, 000

*As you can see we actually need more than $15,000! 

Melissa has dedicated her life to working with kids, helping them grow into artistic adults, who have a stronger sense of self and the world around them. And Studio A is dedicated to bringing you GREAT theater! We thank you for being a part of our campaign and bringing joy to more people's lives!
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We are working on the stage manager booth and will get out pictures soon. I am going dark for just a week, because I will be in Canada. Then I will be back with more updates :) Hopefully, by then we will get our $1500 match to add to our donations!
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Arsenic And Old Lace was a HIT!!! 4 sold out shows and everyone loved the theater! Here are a few pics from the show. All we need is a few more things: Sound System, Projector & Screen, theater chairs, and some sound proofing!
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This is our last day of Arsenic and Old Lace. We sold out every show but one! Everyone loves what we have done with the theater so far! Keep the donations coming and we can do so much more :)
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Our first show is AMAZING! We have sold out every show so far and people are laughing their heads off! And everyone loves the theater! We still need a sound system, chairs, a projector, and so much more - but what we have so far is AMAZING! More pictures to come :)
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Dave Seidman
20 months ago

Can you use any assorted house paints or is it easier to keep what's in storage to a limit and buy on an as-needed basis. Currently leaving a house and have various stores of paints with no destination in mind.

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$8,415 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 61 people in 20 months
Created March 27, 2017
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Charlie Monroe
19 months ago

So proud of you guys. <3

gadio meir
19 months ago

go dorian!!!

Kevin Abraham
19 months ago

Don't need tickets, just trying to maximize the pie to face ratio!!!! :)

Kathy and Andy Therber
19 months ago

Can't wait to see the new theater! Thank you Melissa and all of Studio A for your hard work. From the parents and family of Cora Therber.

Stacy Rose
19 months ago

Movie Makers and you, Melissa Lo Zoff, have been such a positive influence in my son's life over the years. A huge thank you!

Cathryn Rich
19 months ago

Thank you Melissa for all you do! Pie my child!

Dave Seidman
20 months ago

Can you use any assorted house paints or is it easier to keep what's in storage to a limit and buy on an as-needed basis. Currently leaving a house and have various stores of paints with no destination in mind.

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