2017 Progress Edition
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Kingsport Theatre Guild
Kingsport Theatre Guild (KTG) takes pride in celebrating 69 years of continuous and quality service to Kingsport and surrounding communities. All KTG: Mainstage shows have two school show offerings. KTG is partnering with Barter Theatre to present the Barter Youth Academy three times a year. This allows KTG's young actors access to professional training which they then bring back to KTG's stage. KTG offers an After-School program for at-risk middle and high school students. These students would typically walk home from school to an empty house.
Kingsport Theatre Guild (KTG) is headed by a part-time Executive Director (ED), Tina Hite Radtke, who holds a B.S. in Theatre and Photography and an M. Ed. in K-12 Theatre. The Executive Director is governed by a volunteer board of directors. The Executive Board meets quarterly, and the full board meets periodically to monitor and provide input concerning current and future operations and projects. KTG's ED also serves as production manager during live productions. Artistic directors and volunteers report to the Executive Director.
The mission of KTG is to foster family friendly, live theater performances and related activities. This season offers a variety of genres through its show selection, with the intent of pulling in a wide range of interested audience members. KTG: Downtown has the additional goal of drawing regular patrons into the growing downtown area of Kingsport. Professional, artistic directors are contracted for each production, ensuring the quality of shows. Youth productions feature large casts to accommodate new actors and families with multiple siblings.
KTG Mainstage, administrative office, costume shop, scene shop and classrooms are located at the Renaissance Arts Center & Theatre. This is a city-owned, multi-use facility that houses various arts and cultural non-profit organizations. KTG's auditions, rehearsals, and productions take place in the center's 340-seat theater.
KTG: Mainstage 2016-2017 season: August - High School Musical, September - The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, October - Evening with Edgar Allen Poe, December - Believe! & Follow the Star, February - Diary of a Wallflower, March - Oklahoma!, May - Little Women.
KTG: Downtown 2016-2017 season: September - Look to the Stars (2015 KTG Playwriting Competition winner), November - Sorry Wrong Number, January - Driving Miss Daisy, February - Crimes of the Heart, April - Importance of Being Earnest.
KTG also hosts a professional Film Camp each summer and a Playwriting Competition which ties in with the local summer festival, Fun Fest.
Open calls for Artistic Directors are publicized in the newspaper, on radio, e-newsletters, KTG website and public postings. Potential contractors submit resumes to KTG for the position of Artistic Director.
This year, the ED has created several volunteer teams to help execute productions. These teams are led by a House Manager, Box Office Manager, and a Head Costumer. Together, the ED and these leads are in the process of creating training manuals for each area and building the teams to a larger capacity. These leads are responsible for organizing, scheduling and overseeing all the volunteers in their respective areas.
KTG's film camp is coordinated and taught by Dustin Street (owner/producer Big Small Town Studios) and his professional production crew.
This year, KTG invested in a program called "Sunday Stories" in conjunction with the local newspaper. KTG receives four full-page, front-page articles during the year, as well as a full-color ad in the paper every week for the year, which can be changed weekly to promote shows, auditions or other events.
Through a partnership with the Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts and its EngageKingsport.com website, KTG's reach expanded exponentially by listing productions, auditions and other events on the monthly calendar run by the city office and accessible by anyone.
Kingsport Area Transit System (KATS) has a stop located at the Renaissance Arts Center & Theatre where KTG is housed. Production dates and times are made available to KATS participants and posted inside the vehicles.
KTG engages in partnerships with Title 1 schools and community groups such as Boys & Girls Club, Girl Scouts, and Kingsport Housing Authority to provide theater performances and workshops.
In FY16, KTG's average attendance for the run of a show is 520.