Colin Thomasis creating FRESH SHEET
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FRESH SHEET, my theatre e-newsletter, doesn't discriminate like that: everybody gets the same content, no matter your level of support. Viva la Revolution!
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Your financial support is important. Without it, I can't continue to write reviews or curate theatre coverage.
But we can do this!
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What are we doing here? Loving theatre, that’s what we’re doing.
I’m a theatre critic. And I’m launching a Patreon campaign to support the creation of FRESH SHEET, my weekly theatre e-newsletter. (Here’s where to subscribe and here’s where to check out back issues.)
A Patreon campaign allows you to become my patron. You pay a monthly amount—however much you want—and I send you all of my content.
That content includes curated local, national, and international theatre coverage—the best from around the world: news, articles, videos, and insights into the craft. You also get frank reviews—usually three or four assessments of currently-running shows per week. (During the Fringe, you get tons!)
I live to create this kind of meditative, ecstatic, contentious material.
If you chip in a couple of bucks per month, I can keep writing reviews and curating FRESH SHEET. And you can continue to rely on FRESH SHEET for your weekly hit of all that’s fascinating about the world’s most compassionate art form.
And here’s the thing. Here’s why FRESH SHEET—independent, online criticism—is so important.
As print publications whither and die, arts coverage is one of the first things that gets cut—or compromised. To thrive, theatre needs honest, informed criticism. So we need to find new models for delivering—and supporting—that kind of coverage.
That’s what we’re doing right here. That’s what FRESH SHEET is all about.
I have over 30 years’ experience writing about the theatre, and there is zero advertiser influence on FRESH SHEET.
As FRESH SHEET grows, I will include more and more critical writing from members of marginalized communities—and I’ll be able to pay them!
That’s Level One.
If Level One is wildly successful, I’ll apply to funding bodies to create VANCOUVER GREENROOM, a community-based theatre website with event listings, interviews, podcasts, and so on. And, if that flies, we’ll take over the world—starting with CALGARY GREENROOM, OTTAWA GREENROOM, HALIFAX GREENROOM…You get the idea.
We’re in this together. Let’s keep insightful, ethical criticism alive.
We are the future.
Just hit the "Become a Patron" button on the upper right. Thanks!
We did it—or, as my benefactor put it, we got "close enough for jazz" :-) —so she's going to give us 1,500 bucks as a one-time gift!
THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH for helping to make this happen!