This month, Long Island Theatre Collective announced they have absorbed Theatre Out of Bounds to bring the two brands together to form a unified organization. In a press release, the organization explained the merge and new branding will allow The Collective to “mobilize their brand of cutting edge artistry, transcending a regional identity.” Their plans include developing digital content, creating a virtual performance platform, film production, and live event productions.
“This synthesis with the talent from Theatre Out of Bounds will add depth to our artistic network and talent pool allowing us to offer content never seen before from The Collective,” said Frank Danko, Executive Director of LITC. “We have always respected and considered the artists of TOOB our allies and friends, now they become our family. This is an investment into the people who have built this reputable brand as an important strategic opportunity to expand and re-imagine Live Theatre and Performing Arts during these trying times.”
The press release also goes on to emphasize that The Collective aims to exist as a safe and inclusive platform for under represented and marginalized voices. Their mission statement expresses: “As a collective, we are all the artists and the audience, the showers and the tellers, the listeners and the supporters. We Are Stories.”
From the lens of Theatre Out of Bounds, founding Artistic Director Joe Rubino shared his excitement about the unification of the two teams.
“The merge of these two entities feels absolutely organic in every way, it was honestly always meant to be,” he said. “The team behind LITC are not only our good friends, they’re an incredible group of creative minds that we at TOOB have always respected and absolutely love to work with. We are so excited for this next step and to see the bright future ahead with this super team of some of the best theatre artists we’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing.”
The group most recently announced one of their first endeavors will be a Fall Festival featuring one-act plays and “Shakespeare in the Park…ing lot” to take place in Bethpage. There will be social distancing measures in effect and all rehearsals before tech will take place over Zoom. Please visit the group’s Facebook page for additional information and how you can submit to be part of the festival.