Hello CTC friends and supporters!
I’d officially like to introduce myself. My name is Mark Jacobson and, in addition to being a proud member of Coeurage, I’m the new Director of Development for the company.As my role on the staff is a new position for Coeurage, my job responsibilities are being created as we move forward. Traditionally speaking, Development for a theatre company pertains to grant writing and, while that is a necessary pursuit, my goals are a little wider reaching. I joined Coeurage because I love the company’s mission – to make great theatre accessible to everyone regardless of cost – and spreading that message to our new neighbors is my chief priority. With our new performance space, we have an opportunity to connect with local businesses and develop partnerships, expanding our reach, our fanbase, and our message. I aim to find donors, large and small, who believe in Coeurage as a company not simply because they’re connected to our amazing artists, but because a theatre that provides for a community in such a selfless manner should be supported by those who are able.
In reaching out to donors, I plan to think out of the box, asking not just for financial support, but for goods and other services that may help to offset production costs. For those of you attending the opening night celebration of The Trouble with Words, I invite you to partake in my first success as Director of Development – the evening’s beer, which will be provided for us by the good people at Stone Brewery. If you or anyone you know would be interested in offering services, goods, or financial contributions to Coeurage, I’d love to speak with you further, as we offer a number of incentives to show our gratitude, including advertising space in programs, social media, and live events. Those donations would also be completely tax deductible under our 501-c3 non-profit status.
Also be on the lookout for a few other initiatives I hope to spearhead, including an outreach program that we aim to take to schools and post-show programming for those of you who aren’t satisfied with only 4 Coeurage shows to enjoy per season.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any ideas or leads as we develop this Development division (alliteration!) and I look forward to meeting all of you at the wonderful events we’ve got planned.
Director of Development, Coeurage Theatre Company