Dingbat Theatre Project, founded in 2020, is a collective of theatre artists dedicated to the creation and development of dynamic and boldly imaginative theatrical productions. Dingbat Theatre Project is currently based on the Florida Suncoast and is in-residence at the Loveland Performing Arts Theatre. Dingbat’s belief is that great storytelling and, by extension, theatre comes from imagination and a desire to play. Each production Dingbat Theatre Project brings to the stage, from newly imagined classics to original pieces, will reflect this urge to engage in theatre in a creative and surprising way.
WHY DINGBAT? - The title Dingbat Theatre Project, highlights our eccentricity as a theatre company. We strive to be Sarasota's quirky arts organization looking for new stories to tell, new ways to present classic and contemporary works of theatre, and new ways to engage audience in the arts.
ARTIST DRIVEN STORYTELLING
Dingbat Theatre Project is an artist-driven collective of theatre-makers. A key element of the organization is giving opportunities and uplifting the voices of local actors, directors, choreographers, designers, technicians, etc. in order to create a truly communal storytelling experience. We value the unique individuality of every artist and tailor each project to match the strengths of the group telling the story. This creates a people-first experience for those involved in telling Dingbat stories. We acknowledge that theatre is a profession that takes lots of work, time, focus, and commitment.
COMMITMENT TO ACCESSIBILITY
In an increasingly community experience-starved world, Dingbat Theatre Project is committed to making its stories accessible. Dingbat is partnered with The Loveland Center to provide opportunities to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, assisting in teaching life skills and theatre skills. Loveland individuals have access to Dingbat's professional artists and can come see professional Dingbat productions for free. Dingbat is also committed to making its shows economically accessible to its audiences by offering tiered ticket pricing, free schooltime performances to accredited schools, and other audience development programs.
Creating and workshopping original works is an extremely important way to keep theatrical storytelling fresh and relevant to modern audiences. Dingbat is committed to workshopping and presenting new works, especially new works geared toward family audiences and/or adapted from literary classics. Dingbat has produced original works such as Brian & Luke's Live Holiday Jamboree and Dingbat's Peter Pan. In the 2024 season Dingbat is workshopping and presenting Lady Bugg's Garden and DIngbat's Hercules.
THE DINGBAT EXPERIENCE
Dingbat Theatre Project is committed to bringing an uplifting and unique experience to its artists and audiences. Dingbat strives to bring a sense of "play" and joy to its shows, and is inspired by childhood imagination, story theatre, puppetry, Brechtian theatre, and immersive storytelling. Theatre is communication between artists and audiences, Dingbat strengthens this communication by establishing a relationship between the audience and the artists from the moment audiences enter the theatre. Dingbat's productions are immersive and invite the audiences into the storytelling experience from an interactive comic book store for It's a Bird... It's a Plane... It's Superman, to a 1920s Speakeasy for Chicago: A Musical Vaudeville, to the blanket fort of Dingbat's Peter Pan, and the underwater world of The SpongeBob Musical.