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Mildreds Umbrella Theater Company

Mildreds Umbrella Theater Company
CROWDRISE : Jun 27, 2015
Tax ID: 56-2452765
BASED: Houston, TX, United States


About Us

Mildred's Umbrella Theater Company seeks to challenge audiences and theatre artists by creating and performing bold, innovative and fresh theatrical works grounded in the best traditions of the dramatic arts. With a strong feminine presence in our artistic vision, we strive to feature the work of female playwrights, actors and directors, which promotes the empowerment of women through the performing arts.

Mildred’s Umbrella was incorporated in 2004, and has grown steadily since. The first few productions were original collaborations by University of Houston Professor, John Harvey, and the press was positive for the avant-garde work never before seen in Houston. Over the course of several years, Mildred's Umbrella has expanded to also staging Houston premieres of work from other playwrights and to searching out opportunities for creative collaborations with other local theater groups and artists. The company has produced 10 seasons of main stage plays, as well as performances in conjunction with lectures at University of Houston, Fringe Festival pieces,6 festival showcases of short originals (titled “Museum of Dysfunction”), performances at the Houston Center for Photography and a children’s after school workshop series at the Houston Public Library.

The company has received numerous Houston Press ‘Best Of’ awards, including “Best Original Play,” “Best Theatre Company,” and “Best Theatre Company on a Shoestring Budget” and artistic director, Jennifer Decker, was nominated for “100 Creatives” and “Best Artistic Director” in 2012.  Mildred’s has also received numerous positive reviews for their bold and original shows in The Houston Press, the Chronicle, Arts Houston, and three times in American Theater Magazine. Mildred’s Umbrella loves collaboration, and has worked with Bobbindoctrin Puppet Theatre, University of Houston Honors College, Houston Community College, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Houston Public Library to further enrich the city’s artistic scene through education and artistic growth.

We have recently altered our mission statement to reflect what we have been doing for many years now, which is to heavily support women in the arts.

Mildred’s Umbrella’s recent seasons have been highly successful, with sold out shows for regional and world premieres, and five original pieces presented by the company, earning quotes from the press, such as ‘fitfully fascinating’ (Houston Chronicle),  ‘kicky, clever and utterly unpredictable’ (Houston Chronicle), ‘strangely compelling and funny. . . glorious, absurd contours’ (Houston Arts Week). Mildred’s Umbrella has received grant funding from The Houston Arts Alliance, The Brown Foundation, Texas Commission on the Arts and The Houston Pace Foundation.  A recent show,"Foxfinder"  was a ‘top pick' in the Houston Press and Arts And Culture magazine in 2013, and the most recent show, "Carnival Round The Central Figure," was sold out for most performances.

Mildred’s Umbrella now shares a permanent performance space, Studio 101, with Stark Naked Theatre, and is a proud member of the HAA Incubator graduating class of 2016.

Tax ID: 56-2452765 •


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