This theater idea stems from a desire to be a part of organizations that encourages growth of the STEM fields to underrepresented groups. This idea is still very rough draft, but I’ve put some basic highlights.
These groups include (but is not limited to):
- Women (all)
- PoC (all)
- Low-income folk
- Queer folk (sex and/or gender)
- those with chronic illness and disability
- those with mental health issues
- those outside of the first world
tools used include (but are not limited to):
- outreach to these communities to help fight the various barriers blocking them (*cough cough* oppression *cough cough*)
- Include representations of these groups in those roles in media (More Cosima yes please.) (Cries because Big Bang had so much potential for positive representation.)
- Fighting gatekeeping into those communities via awareness raising programs (reduce “fake geek girl”-esque scenarios)
- Partner with OMSI (the local Science Museum) and their outreach programs
Ways to make this low-cost theater committed to supporting the above mission and my ideals include (but are not limited to):
- hopefully not-for-profit theater
get grants and donations from various locations so I can offer various things like…. (1) fair wages to my employees which includes a 1:5 pay ratio scale where employees at the top (including myself) won’t make more than 5 times that of base employees. (2) Other super fair hiring practices. (3) price reductions for those using public transit. (4) price reductions for those working for non profits. (5) price reductions for families and groups with kids for the educational programs. (6) sliding scale with transparent pricing and donation options for shifting organizations also committed to our mission.
- to do regular screenings of various educational media (i.e. Cosmos, Magic School Bus, Wild Kratts, STEM related episodes of School House Rock, Planet Earth).
- host notices to jobs and internships in the field
- Viewings of shows and movies that promote STEM growth through proper and positive representation of those groups. (Yes Orphan Black)
In the super dream, it would also have a Science Education, science fiction, and science fantasy based reading room….and a badass bar/food service.
Not gonna lie, since I’m running this thing, I’ll have special viewings of Sailor Moon. I’ll get permission from Viz and/or Toei by writing them an eloquent proposal about the mission of the theater and what Sailor Moon means to me. (a brief rambling of that essay can be found under the cut….and I’ll definitely transform that into something more eloquent later.)