Schkapf Performing Arts Incubator

submission by Schkapf

About Your Organization

Organization name(s):

Schkapf

Organization website:

www.schkapf.com

Organization Twitter handle:

@schkapf

Organization Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/schkapf

Organization Instagram:

http://instagram.com/schkapf

Describe your organization (check only one):

Nonprofit organization

For-profit organization

Government

Individual

Please Describe Yourself (check only one):

Solo actor (just us on this project!)

Proposed collaboration (we want to work with partners!)

Collaboration (partners are signed up and ready to hit the ground running!)

IN ONE SENTENCE, PLEASE DESCRIBE WHAT YOUR ORGANIZATION DOES.

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Schkapf incubates Los Angeles performing artists and culturemakers through mentorship, shared resources and networking.

In one sentence, please describe your idea or project.

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Schkapf aims to create a permanent performing arts incubator that provides a support system and career development for LA artists.

Please write a sample tweet to describe your submission.

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@Schkapf wants to #create a #LA2050 cultural incubator that supports a village of self-determined artists working FOR Los Angeles

DOES YOUR PROJECT IMPACT LOS ANGELES COUNTY? Check only one.

Yes (benefits all of LA County)

Yes (benefits a region of LA County)

Yes (benefits a population of LA County)

No

Which area(s) of LA does your project benefit? Check all that apply.

Central LA

East LA

South LA

San Gabriel Valley

San Fernando Valley

South Bay

Westside

Other:

WHAT IS YOUR IDEA/PROJECT IN MORE DETAIL?

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Schkapf recently completed the pilot stage of its LA Performing Arts Incubator, a local space that incubates individual artists as well as ensembles through mentorship, project support, resource sharing and networking. We now need to develop our infrastructure further to better serve as an organizational hub able to bridge artists and resources, art and community, academia and practice. In so doing we will be more appropriately placed to fulfill our mission as a leader in developing quality live performance that raises the industry standard as well as the status of Los Angeles’s performing arts on national and international stages, and to advocate with government officials for a robust pipeline capable of supporting artists's livelihood.

WHAT WILL YOU DO TO IMPLEMENT THIS IDEA/PROJECT?

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Building upon our 10-year track record as a presenting theatre and home to a resident theatre laboratory, Schkapf will expand its pilot programming capacity to increase our functionality as an incubation house for artists as entrepreneurs. In order to achieve this goal, Schkapf will:

(1) Cultivate its current intern team into sustainable staff positions, including Development, Programming and Education Directors, as well as a Cultural Liaison to engage with neighborhood, academic, and business partners.

(2) Select five ensembles or individuals to incubate projects. Recipients will be guided through their creation process with resource-sharing, space-sharing, professional development classes, and expert feedback. They will hold consistent public showings of work-in-progress, and will serve as case studies in the further development of the incubation model.

(3) Expand the School of Embodied Acting to hold regular fee-based classes with established local, national and international teachers in order to improve the caliber of work created in Los Angeles and make it competitive in a wider market.

(4) Secure partnerships with at least three new partners, including a local vendor, school, and other nonprofit, to cross-promote and support, creating a positive feedback loop within cultural and economic ecosystems. The areas we are focused on are:
(a) the creation of our research library and commissary as a neighborhood hangout that serves the Theatre Row Association and Central Hollywood, and acts as a hub for artists within the wider LA County area to exchange ideas, do research, and be inspired by installations, video and audio recordings situated throughout the space;

(b) the building of stable foundations for a wider alternative touring network on the West Coast specifically for, but not limited to, physical, collectively created, visually ambitious, and cross-disciplinary live performance that will serve as a viable way for LA artists to bring their work to other communities and generate more income;

(c) the development of a more vibrant educational interface bridging students and faculty of LA’s rich universities with local practitioners, thus generating more research networks and potential funding revenue for the universities, a clearer understanding of the current artistic field for students, and a more robust pool of patrons and artists at Schkapf.

HOW WILL YOUR IDEA/PROJECT HELP MAKE LA THE BEST PLACE TO CREATE TODAY? IN 2050?

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Today, independent artists interested in live performance in Los Angeles contend with the mega-industry that is film and television while receiving minimal support from government and local nonprofits. While many theatres have ‘new works’ series, few incubate projects from inception to completion. University settings are fertile breeding grounds for experimentation, but too often do not communicate with local practitioner groups. The result is a broken pipeline in which much of the city’s best talent does not have a venue to hone their craft, connect with fellow artists, and key into the communities that they exist to serve.
Schkapf’s project challenges the production status quo, creating new environments for industry professionals to develop and expand their artistry, raise the culture of live performance in LA to a competitive standard on the national and international scenes and generate more economic viability for artists seeking community engagement and experimenting with new work.
By 2050 we envision Schkapf to be a vibrant artist live/work village providing onsite livelihood for hundreds of artists. This means easily accessible work and rehearsal space, a state-of-the-art flexible performing arts centre capable of meeting a wide variety of performance demands, and a robust and unique School of Embodied Acting with its own pedagogical paradigm that serves as a node in an international training scheme. It also means a performance research library and bookstore, artisan retail shops, a cafe/restaurant, and rotating interfaces (galleries, installations, screenings, hands-on learning opportunities) for the wider education and recruitment of audiences. This village will not only directly change the ways in which performance is created in Los Angeles, dramatically increasing access to the means of production, but will also add to a more educated and interactive audience support base for live performance in LA County. Schkapf will not only be incubating world class homegrown LA performance, but, unlike the majority of presenting houses currently in LA, Schkapf will directly collaborate with international artists to incubate work that impacts and serves the residents of LA County.

WHOM WILL YOUR PROJECT BENEFIT? PLEASE BE SPECIFIC.

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Our project benefits the performing arts communities of Los Angeles and their audiences, specifically but not limited to, those interested in physical, visual, ensemble and cross-disciplinary work. It will also benefit the surrounding neighborhood of Schkapf by creating a Cultural Liaison with the intent of bridging the artist-driven work at Schkapf with local residents, creating more dialogue around the use and value of live performance as well as developing mutual bonds that will cultivate respect, care, and pride in the neighborhood itself. Our project also aims to benefit our partner organizations: the local vendor, school, and nonprofit that we engage with in order to mutually grow, or further sustain, our respective organizations.

How will your project impact the LA2050 "CREATE" metrics?

Employment in creative industries

Arts establishments per capita

Concentration of manufacturing activity in LA

Federal research grant funding

Patents per capita

Jobs per capita

Minority- and women-owned firms

Gini coefficient

Number of high-growth startups

Venture capital investment

Measures of cultural and global economic influence (“soft power”) (Dream Metric)

Recruiting and retention rates at local higher education institutions (Dream Metric)

Percentage of graduates from local higher education institutions that remain in LA County 5 years after graduating (Dream Metric)

Unemployment rates (and opportunities) for the formerly incarcerated (Dream Metric)

Other:

Please elaborate on how your project will impact the above metrics.:

Through the creation of an incubation hub for entrepreneurial artists, Schkapf will create opportunities for both new employment and the creation of new artistic companies within a stimulating and empowering space. Schkapf has a history of cultivating a diverse array of artists and supporting women-led projects, and it intends to continue to do so. (Schkapf won The Most Wanted venue award from Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative at the Hollywood Fringe Festival 2014). By improving the university-to-industry pipeline and engaging students, Schkapf will influence the Dream Metrics of improving recruitment and retention at universities, and at nurturing students’ local investment to retain them after graduation. Finally, due to its international ties and commitment to an international face and preparing artists for touring, Schkapf will increase the cultural influence of the performing arts in Los Angeles, typically viewed as a film town, worldwide.

PLEASE IDENTIFY ANY PARTNERS OR COLLABORATORS WHO WILL WORK WITH YOU ON THIS PROJECT.

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Schkapf has a robust network of sustained partners that it has been collaborating and consulting with to create the first stage of its development. In the performing arts context these include The Clown School (local), the Network of Ensemble Theaters and Celebration Barn (national), Slava Polunin, Au Brana, Awake Projects, the Grotowski Institute and the London School of Performing Arts Practices (international). In a local government context, Schkapf is an active participant in the Central Hollywood Neighborhood Council, Media Business Improvement District, and the Theatre Row Association as well as seeks regular consultation from Arts for LA and the Department of Cultural Affairs. In an academic context, Schkapf has partners at USC, CalArts, CSU/LA (local), Naropa, Emerson and Brown University (national), the Laboratory Theatre Network, the University of Leeds, the University of Huddersfield, and the University of Kent (international), as well as notable independent scholars, such as Kathryn Mederos Syssoyeva and John Britton. We will continue to work extensively with these partners in the visioning and implementation of Stage 2 of this project. Schkapf will also reach out to local theatres that have successfully created multi-faceted neighborhood hubs, such as the Bootleg Theatre (which is also a bar and music venue) and Greenway Arts Alliance (which partners with its local school and vendors) and international organizations such as the National Theatre Studio (a research and development organization that ensures innovative new performance for England’s regional theatres) and the Battersea Arts Centre (a collective of producers who have renovated an historic London Town Hall in order to incubate a variety of performance capable of “inventing the future of theatre”) to further develop our programming and ensure that stage 2 is sustainable and influential. Furthermore, we will identify and begin collaborating with new partners capable of assisting in the creation of an operational and revenue-producing commissary, the foundations for a sustainable touring network, and a university-to-industry pipeline.

PLEASE SELECT WHICH OTHER LA2050 GOALS ARE RELEVANT TO YOUR PROJECT OR ORGANIZATION (CHECK ALL THAT APPLY):

LA is the best place to LEARN

LA is the best place to CONNECT

LA is the healthiest place to LIVE

LA is the best place to PLAY

PLEASE EXPLAIN HOW YOU WILL EVALUATE YOUR PROJECT.

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As an infrastructure project, Schkapf will use the following metrics for evaluation:
(1) Staff performance, as assessed by supervisors. This includes weekly check-ins between staff and managers, quarterly assessments of Project progress, and a comprehensive year-end report detailing successes, areas for improvement, and next steps.
(2) Success in maintaining viability of the space, assessed through financial growth from grants received, individual donations solicited, and earned income from performances, classes, rentals, and touring.
(3) Success in increasing visibility as measured by patronage and new engagement with the space - participants in the School of Embodied Acting workshops, traffic on social media, and audience growth and retention.
(4) Success in partnership engagement, including the number of new partners and collaborations, and strategic planning for a touring network on the West Coast.
(5) Success of incubated projects, measured by positive reviews garnered, strong financials, and firm ‘next steps’ for shows incubated in the space.

WHAT TWO LESSONS HAVE INFORMED YOUR SOLUTION OR PROJECT?

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1. The current model of producing live performance in Los Angeles is not viable or sustainable. Performances need to have a long-term investment plan, rather than being subjected to a limited run, have the capacity to grow in size (i.e. from 99-seat to 300-, to 800-seat, etc.), and be flexible to perform in various settings. They need to be created with the intention of touring them, not only to generate a healthy return on investment, but also to enrich the artists involved by exposing their work to diverse audiences, thereby continuing to challenge their own artistic boundaries and responsiveness to current audience demands. Schkapf’s mentorship programs and network affiliations will serve our incubated projects by encouraging such flexibility and responsiveness. However, singular products will not ensure a robust and healthy producing venue. A performing arts centre must exist as a hub. Thus we are implementing multiple programs and space use that ensure a healthy influx of participants and a resilient approach to revenue generation and donor support. This solution arises from the inherent collaborative nature of live performance. Since LA is an urban sprawl, we need to respond by creating a beehive capable of serving multiple artists, who can in turn take their shows on the road and return home with new insight. A collective impact on the ecosystem of LA performance will have much greater influence than a single innovative artist or company making work in a single venue.

2. Performance artists in LA need a support structure for career development and continued artistic growth. It is increasingly common for LA performance makers to transfer their skills into another sector after ten or fifteen years working in live performance. Without the financial and artistic support to sustain and develop their livelihoods and artistic skill, they are forced to create new careers in other fields or move from LA entirely. Schkapf is therefore working towards the creation of a robust local, national and international network that can support artists through mentorship, dialogue, practical exchange, and entrepreneurial thinking and problem-solving. This can lead to more jobs, more artistic challenges, and a sustained career in live performance making.

EXPLAIN HOW IMPLEMENTING YOUR PROJECT WITHIN THE NEXT TWELVE MONTHS IS AN ACHIEVABLE GOAL.

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We have worked with a highly talented team of arts administrators over the past three years on an all-volunteer or small stipend basis, and key individuals are set to begin work full-time pending funding. This year, we ran pilot programs on a shoestring to test and refine all of our projects - incubation, a neighborhood hub with food and drink, educational programming, and academic-practitioner conferences. We are set to apply the lessons learned from these pilot programs and implement them in full. Having run our space for over 10 years, we have extensive experience and relationships ready to be cultivated into meaningful partnerships - all we are missing are the resources to provide sustainable manpower capable of enabling us to build on the strong foundations we have laid over the last decade.

PLEASE LIST AT LEAST TWO MAJOR BARRIERS/CHALLENGES YOU ANTICIPATE. WHAT IS YOUR STRATEGY FOR ENSURING A SUCCESSFUL IMPLEMENTATION?

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1. The continued rise of commercial rents threaten the viability of an incubation space dedicated to research, gestation, and project implementation. We are therefore committed to a diverse programming that allows for patron generation on multiple levels. We are also collaborating with city and regional officials, university and secondary schools, national and international networks, as well as commercial and philanthropic investors to create an organization dependent upon multiple partners and funding streams.
2. While the conversation around live performance in Los Angeles continues to develop, artists and audiences alike are often underexposed to the potentials of the medium. This limits innovation and patron support. We are tackling this problem through our Kino Kabinet screenings of notable national and international performances, our School of Embodied Acting, our Around the Teapot unconferences, and our plans to create a hangout and research library within the complex that allows for exchange and inspiration as well as the creation of a Cultural Liaison position able to bridge community and university sectors.

WHAT RESOURCES DOES YOUR PROJECT NEED? (CHECK ALL THAT APPLY)

Money (financial capital)

Volunteers/staff (human capital)

Publicity/awareness (social capital)

Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles, etc.)

Education/training

Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)

Community outreach

Network/relationship support

Quality improvement research

Discussion
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You know I'm a fan of your work... Thank you for your dedication to bring innovative, engaging and inspiring work to Los Angeles from all around the world! Bravo!!

by adamkalesperis
over 1 year ago

Olya and Bryan are amazing innovators, collaborators and entrepreneurs. Schkapf will make a huge difference to the artistic ecosystem of LA and will enable international companies to bring work and to collaborate meaningfully with local artists. Bring it on!

Ewan Downie
Artistic Director
Company of Wolves (Scotland)
www.companyofwolves.org.uk

by ewandownie
over 1 year ago

Possibly the most inovative theater I have experienced. It is constantly pushing boundaries and going over the edge without loosing its sense of reality. These two lovely people are true pioneers and visionaries. I am honored to call them friends, peers, and collaborators. Best of luck here, and I really do feel that schkapf not only needs this to further their vision, but also deserves it.

by camiloalfarorios
over 1 year ago

Schkapf is urgently and fervently beneficial to, and necessary in the Los Angeles performing arts landscape. I cannot think of two smarter, more generous, incisive, expansive artist-leaders than Olya and Bryan. Their work is a bright spot to me on all levels - they fertilize outstanding art, and emphasize the importance of the WAY in which it comes to be...the process. They do what they say, they stick to their community and constantly invite newcomers. I bravely hope that they get the support they deserve to carry out their wild and absolutely realize-able dreams. Those dreams will deeply benefit LA, and the artists that want to come there to do their best work.

by moiraVOCO
over 1 year ago

Schkap's creative and community building vision for LA is outstanding! I'm excited to support this amazing project!

by RozHelfand
over 1 year ago

I met Bryan and Olya years ago while seeking a space for my class. The best way to describe what Schkapf represents to our community is to highlight the two of them. From our first encounter, I was welcomed, encouraged, inspired, and engaged. They have transformed that corner into something relevant and exciting. To see the parking lot buzzing with artists and patrons, lifts my spirit every day. We (All of Los Angeles) would be wise to support this essential need called Schkapf.

by MovementtoMusic
over 1 year ago

Schkapf hosted Four Tree Plays at the 2014 Hollywood Fringe Festival. As our hosts, they provided more than just space. They supported all the projects with their lobby space by transforming it into a cafe that connected the audiences from all of the shows. They introduced each of the projects to each other and we all kept the dialogue going throughout the festival. They offered technical support and non-traditional space usage to develop our project's beyond the stage. These exchanges led us towards a much more sustainable arts community.

by lochleinn
over 1 year ago

I didn't think a place like Schkapf existed in the US, especially in Los Angeles, and I cannot express how grateful I am it is here. Bring an idea to Schkapf and you'll find the support you need. Mention a kernel of an idea and you'll end up in a 20 minute conversation (at least!) about how to achieve it. Schkapf is not a place to just spit out products though; it a place where artists can meet, learn, and grow; thus their art does too. I look forward to seeing what happens in its future and hope to continue to be a part of it.

by MadelineRosenstein
over 1 year ago

Just in the limited amount of time I spent at Schkapf during the Hollywood Fringe Festival, I could tell that something special was happening. Bryan and Olya have a beautiful vision for an amazing artistic space that would greatly add to the Los Angeles arts community. The more I read about their vision, the more I stand behind it. The innovation of the art, the dedication of the artists and the support of the community can come together to truly change the lives of many. It is clear that with the right resources, there is no limit to what Schkapf could do to support artists in L.A....and beyond!

by Gretchen.Shoot
over 1 year ago

Schkapf is a haven for incubation of new works by artists and resident companies and is a real treasure in the L.A. arts scene. The space lends itself to sharing experiences and approaches with strong artists, and I always look forward to trading ideas and collaborations. Schkapf continually creates and presents original, alive work, and through it, Bryan and Olya make an enormous contribution to the larger community!

by brianfelsen
over 1 year ago

Having spent time with Bryan and Olya in the UK, their generosity towards making, sharing and developing theatre is incredible and much needed. Their input and creative insights into my own practice were inspiring.

This is looks a thoroughly detailed and ambitious plan, the roots up approach is what artists need, it's easy to think you can make work with just space but it needed community; local, national and international, mentoring from peers, time AND space. This looks like it does just that. Wonderful opportunity.

Lecturer Theatre & Performance (University of Leeds), Theatre Director.

by David.Shearing
over 1 year ago

With Bryan and Olya's nurturing and support, Schkapf has allowed me to finally take the first steps forward in my personal project that has been sitting dormant in my mind for over 10 years. I, now, have a space to develop my work; come in on my own time; ask questions; seek advice, guidance and directions on concerns I don't have an answer for or know where to look for those answers. Schkapf a place where artists with great ideas but with no resources can come and take bold steps and find the support network they need to finally say, "yes, I can". Thank you!

by andrewamani
over 1 year ago

Although I am a recent member to the ensemble Bryan, Olya, and everyone at Schkapf has made my creative time here fell like time amongst family. This is because and why Schkapf is and should remain a home for artists of all walks of life. Artists who, with likeness of mind, seek connection, community and progression not just personally but in a local and global sense. These communal artistic sensibilities permeate the walls of Schkapf and welcome all who enter; artist, audience, pauper and king. Keep Schkapf Schkapf!

by cassgonzsass
over 1 year ago

What a necessary initiative. That linking of the local and the global is just where we should be at the present moment. Both your artistic generosity and your sharp sense of what a public is looking for shine through as usual. All the best.

Peader Kirk
Director and dramaturg

by peader.kirk
over 1 year ago

The Schkapf idea aims to fill a sorely needed hole in American performance. Outside of a few courses in universities, there is no place in this country where professional artists can connect ongoing training with art-making. Performers are always on their own in developing their work. Schkapf aims to provide a home--a literal home and an emotional support--that will allow artists to take the creative risks necessary to push into the unknown.
Steve Wangh
Author: An Acrobat of the Heart and The Heart of Teaching

by swangh
over 1 year ago

Schkapf is a wonderfully important initiative in all possible ways. I'm writing this from Edinburgh, the worlds absolute largest cultural festival, where over 3000 performances from around the globe play for presenters and audiences from every corner of the earth. The talk amongst us practitioners is how important it is to be able to provide a space where development and innovation can happen. A meeting place that welcomes and supports original ideas so that we can do what we are best at: make theatre that noone has seen before. Schkapf is all that and more; we all shout hurrah for the initiative and hard work Olya and Bryan are putting into this. Schkapf has been my home in LA many times, and latest when I had the rare opportunity to present my work to the Directors Lab. I happily offer all my support and collaboration in building this amazing place. Christopher Sivertsen Awake Projects Sweden/UK

by awakeprojects
over 1 year ago

I have had the pleasure to know and work with Olya and Bryan for the better part of a decade. Olya and Bryan posess a potent mix of focused artistic vision, keen business sense, robust intellectual grounding, and a very special kind of curious disruptiveness. Theirs is an ambitious project, with the potential to change the landscape of the arts in LA - and eventually everywhere. I urge you to fund this project. Any city where this powerhouse duo sets up needs to thank its lucky stars.

by nordicnomad
over 1 year ago

Olya and Bryan are terrific, passionate artists. They have a dream of creating an arts hub for Los Angeles; something it desperately needs. They have already started that process with multiple workshops from master teachers from all over, each focusing on different things. Theatre is alive in Los Angeles, but with Schkapf, it most definitely will be thriving.

by vvasilas
over 1 year ago

Olya and Bryan at Schkapf have already done so much for the LA arts community on a shoestring budget, it is titillating to consider what they could accomplish with adequate resources. Schkapf helped incubate my work on The Réjane Project and without its support, the resulting play "O Réjane" would not be premiering this fall at Bootleg Theater. I have never met such a talented, committed and capable collection of hard-working professionals.

by ilanaturner
over 1 year ago

The work done at Schkapf fills the hole left for the need for physical theater/ clown theater/ theater international theater theory. We are lucky to have them in Los Angeles, and I've enjoyed working with them, and seeing the work done by them. It's important and good stuff.

by stephanie.t.keefer
over 1 year ago

I've spent the last decade on the road, then moved in around the corner from Schkapf. What luck! A classroom, a meeting place, a place to be entertained, A place in such a big city that welcomed me with open arms. This place offers both a warm, hospitable, nourishing welcome, and an ambitious vision for the future, standing firm on real organization. Two traits rarely linked in the arts world.

by alex.suha.1
over 1 year ago

Schkapf Theatre is a breath of fresh air in the cultural landscape of Los Angeles and deserves the support of LA 2050. It has the potential to turn Los Angeles into a privileged destination for artistic growth and international exchange as well as bridge the gaps between academic settings and touring artists. As an international artist and teacher I believe their work is essential and urgent for the development of Los Angeles.

by InFoodEmpire
over 1 year ago

In a city where theatre has shallow roots, LA needs Bryan & Olya to plant an ecosystem of artists, students and citizens to grow and thrive for generations. As an educator one learns that there is no quantifying means of measuring the positive impact of the exchange that happens between students and the magic of art, most especially the living arts. Nevertheless, students demonstrate a personal growth that teachers are privileged to witness for years to come. Schkapf will mean students have a secure place to connect, develop and be introduced to brilliance beyond the boundaries of their world.

by smaire
over 1 year ago

I am so grateful that Olya and Bryan are doing this work in LA! It is so important and vital and they deserve all of the support they can get. Having a place to foster new and "curious" works of theater is so important and the LA theater community will benefit greatly from Schkapf. I can't wait for my theater company in New York to make a trip across country to visit and perform/workshop something!!!

by gretchen.vanlente
over 1 year ago

The artists that Olya and Bryan continue to work with are are essential in expanding the Los Angeles vocabulary on theatre. They continue to push the envelope in less mainstream, wildly innovative, and culturally diverse theatre professionals. Los Angeles is lucky to have a people so dedicated to contributing to the fabric of the LA Theatre community with material and artists that surprise, and inspire! I can't think of another city who needs this incubator, like Los Angeles does! Lucky LA to be able to give to such an exciting project!!

by LissaSherman
over 1 year ago

I had the huge pleasure of visiting Schkapf last year to attend the 'Round The Teapot' event Olya and Bryan organised. What a fantastic weekend it was - local, national and international artists and thinkers from multiple generations coming into an open and democratic discussion about theatre, performance, community, creativity, democratic politics, accessibility and the really big questions - like what is the role of an artist in loca/global culture. It was a great event. While I was there I also heard some discussion about the plans that Olya and Bryan have for developing the work of Schkapf in the coming years - work this application addresses directly.

I cannot commend it highly enough. I travel extensively across Europe and Asia and cities and communities around the world are crying out for the sort of innovative, dynamic, passionate and entrepreneurial vision of creative community that Schkapf represents. Established artists, emerging artists, local businesses, the wider community will all benefit if such a project receives appropriate support from the city in which it is located.

LA is a magnificent and cultured city and Schkapf offers a significant opportunity to develop new, fascinating and globally significant strands of culture to weave into LA's existing tapestry.
John Britton
Artistic Director: DUENDE (UK)

by johnbritton
over 1 year ago

Bryan and Olya are really making space for emerging and innovative work, and by "really making space" I mean literally making space for people to experiment in. The rebranded and rejuvenated Schkapf was the venue for some of the most daring work at this year's Hollywood Fringe, and their commitment to building community through collaboration impresses me greatly.

This kind of at-root artistic support is what Los Angeles needs more of.

Noah Nelson
Journalist
Los Angeles, CA

by noahjnelson
over 1 year ago

It's good that LA will have a location where performers and artists can be mentored and to mentor- to practice their craft in a collaborative setting. This opportunity is beneficial to individuals like myself because I do not have a wide knowledge of theater and this gives the general public a chance to discover various forms.

by DENovo
over 1 year ago

Bravo!!! It's about time Los Angeles has a venue for diverse artists and performances, and a village where creativeness can grow, develop, thrive, and innovate. Kudos to you all and much success!

by Resa
over 1 year ago

I would very much like to see this theater given the resources to promote and support the artist community in LA. If nothing else the culture of theater must be promoted more in this town of "industry." I think an incubator approach is a really smart one, especially with the focus on education and networking. I can't imagine a better group of artists and entrepreneurs to build on this vision than team behind Schkapf.

by Bennychicago
over 1 year ago

I owe huge thanks to Bryan and Olya. The theatre laboratories they ran in Leeds, UK, changed my work and my life. They opened the world of embodied acting to me, which eventually led to my studying at the London International School of Performing Arts. I'm just returning from an International Theatre Festival in Italy at which I was performing and teaching with fellow LISPA graduates, and things feel good. I can't imagine being on this trajectory without Bryan and Olya's mentoring, which continues to be a great influence.
This project is a natural and ambitious extension of what Olya and Bryan have been working on systematically for years, and I know they are capable of developing it fully. I for one would be honoured to be an international colloborator with Schkapf, and will recommend my west coast connections to get involved!
All the best with it,
Conor Whelan
Theatre Maker
Bath & London, UK

by ConorMTWhelan
over 1 year ago

Each time I'm receiving newsletter from them I have shivers - it is so exiting what those guys are doing there! I see Schkapf as very intresting, brave and exiting initiative which according to their name and some of colaboration I perceive as not so far from my homeland. I hope I will be able soon to bring some contemporary dance from eastern Europe out there one day. I keep my fingers crossed and recommend everybody to support this initiative!!!
Natalia from Poland
(The Ludwik Solski Drama State School)

by wilk-topor
over 1 year ago

This is an excellent project and should be supported by LA2050. I have known Bryan and Olya for a number of years and can vouch for their commitment and the quality of their work. Moreover, they have a wide international network of collaborators (artists and institutions), which will attract visibility to the project and your organisation. This is a unique opportunity to support a unique venture.
Frank Camilleri
Icarus Performance Project (Malta)
Theatre Studies Department, University of Malta

by frankcamilleri
over 1 year ago

Schkapf's vision of building a community which provides opportunity to artists who are not in the mainstream, provides hope and opportunity for such artists, which opportunity has not existed in the Los Angeles community for some time. They should be be supported by all to allow such great work to continue.

by MrR
over 1 year ago

A vision of the future is very important. Schkapf offers not only a vision but an opportunity, which also offers hope for those who are trying to apply a unique trade, that they may otherwise not have a chance. I hope that Schkapf is successful in achieving its goal, as it will be a benefit to the entire community.

by GrandmaSandy
over 1 year ago

Fantastic, beautiful and very interesting initiative. I hope LA will enjoy your work because looks like something very fresh. I like the fact that you are so open for artist from abroad, and I would love to visit you one day.
Luis from Spain.

by LuisekOdriozola
over 1 year ago

Olya and Bryan have worked for ten years to create a nurturing artistic home for anyone who is passionate enough to participate. They dream BIG and work harder than anyone else I know to make their dreams reality, with patience, care and integrity. With this award, Schkapf can realize its full potential and put LA on the map as a destination for international artists while providing support and community for the amazing talent that lives here.

by valmccann
over 1 year ago

Schkapf is an extraordinary initiative that promises to richly enhance the theatrical landscape of Los Angeles, through its combination of curation, creation, connectivity, and commitment to live performance. Local, national, and international artists all stand to prosper from the growth of Schkapf into a legitimate regional center for the art of performance, as envisioned by its remarkably cogent, astute, and ambitious directors, Bryan and Olya. LA2050 please take note, this is exactly the kind of organization that can and will expand and develop the creative engine of Hollywood and Los Angeles over the course of the next decades.

by davidbridel
over 1 year ago

The bottom line is that Brian and Olya are doing what no one else in Los Angeles is doing...providing a working home for artists. I have not felt a greater sense of support or community anywhere else in Los Angeles as an artist, which is why it is so crucial to support this organization NOW.

by alec.tomkiw
over 1 year ago

There is something happening in Los Angeles theatre. And like the city itself, it moves and breathes, challenges, changes, and shifts, always looking for a place to find an authentic expression of itself to present to the world. Schkapf is that place. Bryan and Olya's vision is one of the most exciting things I've ever seen, and I believe Schkapf will make Los Angeles one of the world's great cities for theatrical performance.

by timvenable
over 1 year ago

Schkapf is a much needed hub for physical theatre makers and lovers in Los Angeles. Olya and Brian are gracious, creative and hard working hosts as they provide a vital meeting space, venue and cultural flashpoint for all of us. It's a thrilling confirmation to know there is a working art space dedicated to creating and producing new work, based in physical theatre training, heritage and artistry from local and international artists. I sincerely hope Schkapf receives this exciting funding opportunity so we can continue to make LA a thriving community for performing artists and their work.

by AnastasiaCoon
over 1 year ago

LA theatre needs to establish an ANCHOR to weather the nomadic and shifting nature of this city. In order to build. To harness and develop its immense talent base. And SCHKAPF, with its varying performing spaces and its unwavering encouragement, is the best-suited candidate for this emerging position. There can be no contest. SCHKAPF.

by ryan.karloff
over 1 year ago

When traveling to Los AngelesSchapf is one of my staple places to visit when I want to get a glimpse of the performance art scene in LA. Mr. Brown and Mrs. Petrakova are inspiring and visionary curators, and I hope to support them further when their creative objectives come to fruition.

by jrozzell
over 1 year ago

Sounds like a really amazing initiative and concept!

by Dwrichard
over 1 year ago

Schkapf is one of the greatest venues in Los Angeles. Anyone who is a part of the LA Theatre Community would certainly agree. Anything that can be done to assist Bryan and Olya in the amazing work they do will help theatre and the arts to thrive.

by mikefunt
over 1 year ago

HI, good to see what you're getting up to -- great stuff. I've sent you a separate email asking if you want to link with ourCentre for Psychophysical Performance Research in Huddersfield,

by Franc
over 1 year ago

Schkapf fulfills the completely unmet need for a competent theater and performance art incubator in Los Angeles. A city that prides itself on its unrivaled creative power can ill-afford to have such a hole in the fabric of its community, and Schkapf gives Los Angeles its next best chance to attract and nurture the very best theater and performance talent in the world.

by songsherpa
over 1 year ago

I have been in community with Olya and Bryan for two years now. Their passion and work ethic is met equally with a sincere desire to create community and art of all mediums. Los Angeles needs more community amongst theatre that is grounded in action. And it has been my experience that Schkapf is very capable of being a safe haven for artists to foster their art (because I am one of those artists). Rock on Schkapf. Rock on.

by jaredfladeland5
over 1 year ago

One other point – that should not be missed – this is one of the view venues in Los Angeles that is truly connected to the international experimental theater scene, and is the best place where independent artists coming from outside LA can meet LA based artists and vice versa! Truly a gift to the LA scene and to the world arts scene as well.

by asahorvitz
over 1 year ago

Schapf has become a home for many artists in this city where the beauty of the craft can get a little lost in the mix. This is a place artists can come to be continually inspired, educated and dance...literally and metaphorically. Thank goodness.

by betsymoore
over 1 year ago

Schapf's duo are wonderfully creative and inspiring. I look forward to the day their vision as articulated above is actualized.

by mainemarcus
over 1 year ago

Bryan and Olya work tirelessly in their efforts to build and foster community. Last year they welcomed me to Schkapf with open arms, and allowed me to be one of their first Artists-in-Residence for my MFA thesis project. Through their generosity and guidance, my art and community grew to a point that I never would've expected in Los Angeles. Schkapf has truly become the center for performance and creativity that L.A. so desperately needs.

by mikkimaltese
over 1 year ago

This is such a lovely venue – I attended a conference here in the fall of 2013 where I was able to connect with theater and performance professionals from around the world – from LA to New York to London and beyond – who I am still in touch with today. Bryan and Olya do the work of 20 people on a daily basis and most of it benefits the community as a whole more than it benefits them. These are really the sort of people that we, as artists, cannot survive without!!!

by asahorvitz
over 1 year ago

Thank you wonderful creators for making this be and live. I know how challenged you are. I think LA can be a great start for implementing this king of communities taking into considerention the specific LA cultural base. We need it there and we need it in other cities and countries. Looking forward to participation in SCHKAPF programs and events.

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over 1 year ago

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over 1 year ago

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over 1 year ago

Brian and Olya are two amazingly committed and dedicated theater makers and producers. They have provided an amazing place for theater companies to come and present work. They support experimental and non-traditional approaches to theater which creates a vital and much needed dialogue between theater companies from L.A., nationally, and abroad. Schkapf is simply fantastic, I cannot imagine L.A. without it and cannot think of a better recipient of the LA2050 grant.

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by Schkapf
over 1 year ago

Four Tree Plays was a hilarious and beautiful production. I loved how you guys utilized Schkapf's exterior to draw on the wall outside the entrance. Was that something you had planned before the festival or once you saw the space?

by MadelineRosenstein
over 1 year ago

Thank you for your support, Brian, and for bringing Chroma and family entertainment to our space! This is the branch that is very important to revitalization of the neighborhood - family programming.

by olyapetrakova
over 1 year ago

Community and mentorship are key, and what we need is a space (facility) and time (staff) to make it a sustainable effort all around. Thank you for your support, David!

by olyapetrakova
over 1 year ago

Yes we can! And we need a place to make it happen!

by olyapetrakova
over 1 year ago

Thank you, Alec! Please spread the word to your friends, colleagues and family!

by olyapetrakova
over 1 year ago

Thank you, Tim! LA needs a few stable bases and we hope to forge at least one of them.

by olyapetrakova
over 1 year ago

Agree. Our thinking is that LA theatre community needs several theatre incubators to respond to its size and to its artistic diversity in approaches and aesthetics: visual, physical, multi-disciplinary, technological, playwright-driven, etc...

by olyapetrakova
over 1 year ago

This is one of our missions - to turn perceptions of theatrical performances into an art scene! LA has all the necessary resources to become one of the most vibrant, most innovative platforms for new kind of performances, the kind that challenges established genres and styles as well as architecture of the performing arts venues themselves.

by olyapetrakova
over 1 year ago

Thank you Teatrika in Russia! We look forward to creating performances with you and the local community in the near future. More info on Teatrika can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/teatrika?fref=ts

by Schkapf
over 1 year ago

Thank you, David! We shall do our utmost best to make it come to life.

by olyapetrakova
over 1 year ago

Thank you, Mike! We will call on your support when voting will be due, for sure. Everyone can contribute a voice!

by olyapetrakova
over 1 year ago

Thank you, Professor Franc Chamberlain! Looking forward to finding ways to link, for sure. Schkapf is about making pipelines with academic world and its research. We miss Huddersfield and its Lawrence Batley Theatre. Great venue. We have it on our radar to approach for touring possibilities.

by olyapetrakova
over 1 year ago

Thank you, Jared! Los Angeles is one of the richest cities in cultural resources and our vision of Theatre and Performing Arts Incubator is rooted in the observation that it needs a creative beehive - a living, buzzing, cross-pollinating organization with a long-term impact.

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over 1 year ago

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over 1 year ago

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over 1 year ago

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over 1 year ago

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by Schkapf
over 1 year ago

Anna, if you have a list of Incubators in Russia - please email those to us. We are collecting a list of existing organization as case studies.

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over 1 year ago

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over 1 year ago

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by Schkapf
over 1 year ago

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