Single Carrot Theatre

About Single Carrot Theatre

We believe theatre is an essential part of being a citizen.  We want to make work that is more meaningful for and more deeply connected and relevant to Baltimore and its residents, work that challenges and invites people to look at each other, the city, and the role they play in it with a fresh perspective. Single Carrot is as committed as ever to sharing daring, innovative, and artistically excellent work with Baltimore. Mission Statement: Single Carrot Theatre creates socially relevant theatre as a form of civic engagement in Baltimore by producing vibrant, experiential performances in traditional and non-traditional theatre venues; building cross-sector partnerships; and facilitating empowering education programs. Believing that art should be urgent and have significance for the community, we are honing in on and looking to underscore the social relevance of each piece we produce. And we will do so in the following ways:   1. Producing vibrant, experiential performances in traditional and non-traditional theatre venues We make work that implicates and intentionally frames the audience. This may be through pre-show engagement, where the audience sits, how they enter the space, or even actual participation during the production—whatever form it takes, patrons will be invited to give more than passive attention, and we hope they will leave with more because of that. SCT is embracing a site-specific model of performance: choosing a venue for every show that augments the social relevance of the piece and enhances the experience of the audience. For Promenade: Baltimore, we took our audience all over Baltimore City, glimpsing locations both familiar and new, and we intend to fully embrace the spirit of ambition and adventure that helped us to create the most successful show in our history. We are taking art out into the city into various neighborhoods, spaces and locations to activate and inspire the city. 2. Building cross-sector partnerships We partner with non-theatre and non-arts organizations on every production. These partnerships can vary from deep integral partnerships on the co-creation of a community-based piece of theatre to bringing in organizations for round-table discussions or post-show talk backs. Through these partnerships, we strive to deepen and expand the experience and meaning of our plays beyond the theatre; to reach a broader audience; to erase the sharp divides between artistic programming and community-engagement; and to create new opportunities for theatre to serve Baltimore City and its citizens directly. Over the last three years, we have woven these often-distinct areas together. With productions like Promenade: Baltimore, A Short Reunion, and Peter Pan, we partnered with local businesses, neighborhood associations, and LGBT service organizations and advocates to foster deep and meaningful connections between artists and members of the communities with whom we worked. Not every partnership will result in a full-scale production, but they will all create new pathways for advocacy, understanding, and community conversations. 3. Facilitating empowering education programs We believe access to the arts is a right, not a privilege. Single Carrot Theatre’s (SCT) work onstage and in the community, grows from the conviction that participatory cultural experiences facilitate learning and that artistic expression is a form of civic engagement. SCT is committed to creating 21st century learners and fostering desire for learning through theatre. Over 10,000 young people have participated in education programs offered by SCT, with over 3,500 reached annually. Each year, Single Carrot provides multiple in-school teaching artists at Baltimore City schools, after-school programs across the city, and workshops at partner organizations, local schools, and colleges for youth and adults.

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Baltimore, MD 21218

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