DEAR FRIENDS, FANS, & FAMILY | WE NEED YOUR HELP
THERE’S BIG NEWS FROM YESFINLAND
This was certainly not the way we envisioned announcing this… but: We’re building an improv theatre!! (Timing, am I right?)
On March 1st we moved into a new 200m2 space that will become our new 55-seat YesFinland Improv Theatre. We’ll have a stage, a bar, and a classroom to boot! We have been working with architects, designers, and bureaucrats to get everything ready to build our new space.
In the past few months our team of awesome improvisers and volunteers (and interns) have been working day and night (literally). We’ve filed for our liquor license, applied for building permits, and prepped our business plans, all in preparation to announce our Crowdfunding campaign, which was set to launch in 2 weeks. (Timing, am I right?)
THE SITUATION IN FINLAND
Finland just announced that they are closing National borders. School has been cancelled through the middle of May. And social distancing has been encouraged by the government, including any and all hobbies and sports (though we have moved our classes online). Now we, as so many other art-based businesses around the globe, face an incredible financial setback that could leave us filing for bankruptcy before we hang a single light.
As the founding owner of the business, I’ve already invested most of my savings into this new space. Without outside funding, we won’t be able to pay rent past May, and we may be forced to vacate. I also have been working with architects and designers who I will likely not be able to pay if I don’t get any funding. And, of course, without building the space, we can’t hold shows or classes at all in the future.
This is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do (asking for money I mean, though starting the business certainly ranks up there). While I may be the owner, I am not asking for me, but for our growing community of international improvisers who deserve a place to explore and play together. That’s why we are committed to doing whatever we can to keep ourselves above water. It will take some work, but we’re okay with that.
Because when this is all over, and people are in need of laughter and connection, we want to be here for them. (Timing, am I right?)
With Love and Well-Washed Hands,
– Trent & The YesFinland Community
THE CROWDFUNDING VIDEO WE NEVER GOT TO RELEASE
We would like to ask you for your support to help us try and hold on to our new space. To be sure, we don’t want something for nothing, so here’s a few different ways you can help:
BUY A TICKET
We’ve adapted our hit show REALM for the internet! It’s free to stream, but you can buy a ticket if you want!
TICKET | The Online Adventures of REALM
Watch videos from our zoom interviews with improvisers from around the world!
PODCAST VIDEO INTERVIEWS
BUY A SUPPLEMENTWorkshop supplements from Trent’s most popular workshops! Use them to study, rehearse, and play!
FREESTYLE IMPROV | Workshop Supplement
THE SLOW TRAIN TO WEIRDVILLE | Workshop Supplement
BUY A GIFT CARD
You can use it for yourself. Use for a friend. Or don’t use it at all. Either way, we feel the support.
WATCH AND LISTEN
THE ONLINE ADVENTURES OF REALM
THE YESFINLAND PODCAST
203 | Chris Mead (UK) Talks About His Journey To Becoming A Full-Time Improviser
ABOUT CHRIS Chris Mead is a UK-based performer and theatre-maker who teaches and coaches improvisation in London and around the world. He studied theatre at Royal Holloway College, University of London and improvisation at iO and The Annoyance Theatre in Chicago. Chris is co-artistic director of The Nursery Theatre, a space in London dedicated to improv as a theatrical art form. He is a member of the internationally-renown ensemble The Maydays, one third of sci-fi collective Project2 and recently co-founded Unmade Theatre Co to pursue new projects as a director and performer. Chris is also the host of YesBot, a podcast about the theory and craft of improv.