EDITOR'S NOTE: This edition of Square One is by Joe Messina.
WOW! Season Two already?!
Reflecting back, we would be remiss not to acknowledge the countless individuals that believed in creating and further cultivating a community of artists to tell these (and more) stories. DFW is full of artists and opportunities, and we truly believe we’re in the midst of something special.
When Ashley, Jessie, and I first conceived of IMPRINT, we knew it would be a daunting challenge, one that would test our limits and challenge our conceptions of art, each other, and the world around us. Every step of the way was forged through the blood, sweat, and tears of a dedicated team that included Billy Betsill, Benjamin Bratcher, Stephanie Felton, and our indomitable Board President, Shane Beeson. When they joined us on this wild ride, I’m sure none of us knew quite what to expect, but through the countless hours and sleepless nights something magical emerged. IMPRINT’s growth, in just one year, is an inspiration to us all and we owe it to the nearly 200 artists, directors, designers, actors, playwrights, technicians, and musicians that came together to populate our stage with stories that kept us on the edge of our seats. We will never be able to fully thank you.
Season One, entitled "Built for Longing," was built and based on dreams... dreams of creating art, dreams of making connections, dreams of taking risks, and most importantly dreams of building a community. Each show in our first season challenged our thoughts on class struggle, gender perceptions, racial divides, fidelity, and the consequences of being human. IMPRINT's new season, "Mercury Rising," builds upon that foundation with a season of exploration, featuring characters pushed to the brink of what they thought was possible.
Throughout this year of personal and professional growth, our little baby of an idea has taken flight and Ashley and I discovered the rise of a new synergy between us, one that has already led to exciting opportunities that we can’t wait for you to see (we’re looking at you First Impressions Festival!). It is with this spirit of pushing ourselves further that I have elected to step into a new leadership position alongside Board President Shane Beeson to serve as Vice President to IMPRINT’s Board of Directors. With our vision aligned in expanding IMPRINT’s scope of possibility and in telling stories we feel need to be told in our community, it is exciting to think about what will become possible by diversifying our efforts to further realize our shared vision.
We learned so much in our first season and are pleased to be filling some other administrative needs. In addition to my transition to Vice President, I am proud to announce that IMPRINT has also added two more members to its team!
Kyle Igneczi, whom many of you know as an actor from many stages around DFW (and who scared the bejeezus out of us with a baseball bat in our production of Murder Ballad), will be joining IMPRINT leadership to serve in the role of Managing Director. With an eye for development and expansion, he is stepping into an important position that will help to ensure IMPRINT’s sustainability for many seasons to come.
Another new(ish) face to the IMPRINT team is Taylor Mercado Owen, who actually worked his way up from being our intern during Season One! His infectious ambition and creativity are an invaluable asset to the marketing team and you’ve probably already seen him in the lobby of one of our recent shows!
IMPRINT has always been focused on creating a cohesive ensemble, onstage and off, and we all look forward to continuing that mission. Although titles may be changing, our responsibilities and importance to IMPRINT are steadfast. We continue to be one team with one goal… and what a team!
Ashley will be taking the lead on this column from here on out. I look forward following her coverage of the rest of Season Two and the future of IMPRINT with all of you.
Everything starts with a dream, and ours is coming true, but it has truly taken a village (or, more aptly, a Metroplex) to create something this meaningful. Whether you joined us in the audience, onstage, backstage, or anywhere between, your support means the world to us. We would not be here without every single one of you. Thank you for supporting our dream—and thank you for dreaming with us.
I am beyond excited at the growth of this company and this dream and for each of the new roles and my transition. We are going into Season Two energized and inspired.
Get ready, 2019, IMPRINT is coming for you!
PREVIOUSLY IN SQUARE ONE
- Septempber: Should We Start a Theater?
- October: Taking the Next Steps
- November: Planning the Season
- December: Finding the Right Space, Part 1
- January: The Importance of Team
- February: Lessons Learned
- March: Curtain Up
- April: About the Company Manager
- May: Another Closing, Another Show
- June: Finding Clarity in Chaos
- July: Theatre Directing Life Hacks
- August & September: On hiatus
- October: Finding Comfort through Creativity
- November: Season One and Done
- December: no column