BECOME A PATRON OF OPS FEST
Please support our efforts by making a monetary gift to WIL Festival. Our performers step into the shoes of 16th century professionals and walk miles in them all summer long, discovering how Original Practice succeeds in the 21st century. If you’re ready to give, check out the bottom of this post and find a level of giving that matches your means and your corresponding gift. If you want to learn more, read below!
HOW YOU CAN GIVE...
Our shows are always admission free. To pay our bills and our actors in this year's WIL Festival will cost approximately $22,000! We need your help to make that happen! Help us raise $2,000 - a substantial portion of our operating budget, symbolic of mounting the WIL Festival! Of course we don't expect all our supporters to be substantial contributors. When you join us in the park, we'll ask you to drop a small contribution into a post-show bucket (our version of passing the hat), and if you are able to give more than spare change or cash on hand, we gladly accept a check or credit card on site. THANK YOU to everyone who has given and continues to give. We simply cannot do it without you
....AND WHAT YOU WILL GET
Patrons of Shakespeare's company were known to favor individual actors, sometimes directly supporting them with personal tips or gifts or voting with their wallets in other ways: expanding an actor's wardrobe, perhaps in turn helping him win larger, more impressive roles.
We've taken some inspiration from the older economic structure in designing your perks:
SPONSOR AN ACTOR and you have the option to have a creative exchange over a role, perhaps inspiring the kind of character, costume, or behaviors you'll see on stage.
BUSINESS OWNER? Shakespeare's plays are notoriously referential - his audience was used to hearing jabs at rival playwrights, shout outs to favorite taverns, or send ups of contemporary political figures.
FIND A LEVEL OF SUPPORT THAT WORKS FOR YOU! (See the full list of perks and levels of giving below.)
Many of our performers have begun to master the combination of text analysis, vocal and physical athleticism, and improvisation skills that cue script performance demands. Through a combination of training and rigorous experience, impossible to recreate without a viable company.
With the help of Ronni Lacroute, as well as Starseed Foundation, Kinsman Foundation, Miller Foundation, and the Oregon Arts Commission, we've been able to hire professional actors at competitive rates and find a home in the local theatre community.
We keep costs low so we can expand the reach of our season into more neighborhoods. Relative to the modern tradition of massive set construction and architectural verisimilitude, our universal set is lightweight, compact, and reusable. Our tents, costumes, weapons, and minimal properties are available on-location via our spectacular trailer, so we are able travel the Portland metro area and beyond!
We need you! This GoFundMe campaign must earn $2,000. If you can help us meet our goal, we’ll be on track for next summer's festival, able to recruit and retain experienced actors, and staffing 10-hour production marathons. Come see for yourself why folks of all ages make our seasons an integral part of their summer!
OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP!
Attend a show!
Share This Campaign! (Use the Gofundme share tools to help us promote our goal for next season.)
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT, TIME AND GENEROSITY.
Just email us at email@example.com after you make your donation to claim your perk!
For giving at our mini-swag perk level you will receive an OPS Fest sticker, and button!
Deluxe Swag Pack
Get a T-Shirt, Button, 2 Stickers!
We will dedicate an show interruption to you! Have a product you want us to advertise? Want us to improvise a song about you? Want us to call your mother and sing to her for her birthday? You pick the show and we'll get your Personalized Interruption perk in front of the audience of your choice! (Limit one per show.) If you choose this perk, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the details of what you'd like to see!
Sponsor an Actor
Sponsor your favorite OPS Fest actor! Pick a show they are cast in that you want to sponsor! For that performance, your name will appear in the program as a sponsor for the actor you have adopted and you will receive a professional photo of them in action, and a personal thank you letter. If you choose this perk, email email@example.com to let us know which actor and we'll let you know what shows you can choose to sponsor them for.
Selling something? Own a business? Showing your art? Tell us know what you want inserted into the show, and we'll work it in with multiple mentions! Reach a wide audience at our shows with the Product Placement perk! Great for business sponsors!
Mega Super Ultra Swag Pack
All the Ops Swag! Sweatshirt, T-Shirt, Button, 2 Stickers! Show your Ops support wherever you go! If you choose this perk, email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know when you expect you.
Sponsor a Show!
Choose one of the 19 WIL Fest performances to sponsor! We will also reference you as many times as possible within the play, reserve your seating, and have up to 5 concession items for you. Your name will appear in all programs, be mentioned in pre and post show speeches, and we'll identify you in the audience (if you wish). If you choose this perk, email email@example.com and let us know which show!
We can't do what we do without you! Each year, we've added new titles to our calendar, and each year, we celebrate with WIL Festival, mounting each of the shows in our repertoire once, one after another. This year, to keep everyone safe in the time of COVID, all our WIL Fest performances will be taking place online - LIVE on Facebook and YouTube. Please give so that we can continue to bring admission-free Shakespeare to Portland!