The New Ottawa Critics are creating theatre criticism
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patrons

$43
per month
Founded in 2011 by a small group comprised of students and alumni from the University of Ottawa’s Theatre Department, the New Ottawa Critics(NOC) came together as a collective of individuals who all shared a passion for writing theatre criticism. The organization takes pride in our contributors’ cultivated practical experience as a supplement to their theoretical backgrounds and many of our members have worked or continue to work in the Ottawa theatre community. We believe in investing in the future of theatre criticism in Canada and thus we strive to engage and train new minds through different workshops and non-traditional forms of theatre journalism (i.e. video blogging or doodling). The NOC seeks to promote professional level theatre journalism on a digital platform from the perspectives of formally trained theatre critics.

The field of theatre criticism and print media at large is undergoing a significant shift whereby the opportunities to become a paid professional theatre critic are slim to none (very recently the Ottawa Citizen let go their sole freelance theatre critic Patrick Langston). As such, young emerging theatre writers are driven to seek out alternative ways to monetize their work or, at the very least, compensate their time working. Given where critics lay on the theatrical spectrum, it feels ethically ambiguous to ask theatre artists or producers directly for money in exchange for a review (or the time spend writing the review); or to take the newspaper route and offer up our work only by paid subscription.

This is why Patreon feels like such a great fit for our organization. Our work is still published for free and for everyone to read on newottawacritics.com; but if you like our work and believe that criticism vis a vis its theatre critics are an integral and essential part of theatre creation, then you can support us here with a small monthly subscription. By becoming a patron of the New Ottawa Critics (for as low as $1/month!) you will receive exclusive insider rewards that transcend the traditional theatre review. 

Support local theatre by backing its critics!
Tiers
Friends of the NOC
$1 or more per month 3 patrons
Official patron status. This means you'll get access to the patron-only feed AND endless appreciation for joining our team. Your name will also be put up on our Patrons page.
BFFs of the NOC
$3 or more per month 3 patrons
Including all other rewards, BFFs will receive access to our unpublished and unedited versions of our work- see how we construct our criticism!
Friends with Benefits
$5 or more per month 1 patron
Including all other rewards, Friends with Benefits will receive a handwritten and personalized Thank-You letter. This tier also includes 1 free entry into any NOC-run draws/raffles.
NOC Official Donor Status
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
Including all other rewards, Official Donors will receive bi-monthly loot bags with 3-4 locally sourced items up to a $15 value.
NOC Gold Member
$20 or more per month 1 patron
Including all other rewards, Gold Member's have the option of choosing between A Date Night with a Critic (spend the evening with your Critic of choice where you will take in a local production and indulge in lively post-show discussion) OR free entry into any NOC-run event 
NOC Official Sponsor
$100 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
Official Sponsors will receive premium advertising space on our website and regular shout outs on social media, plus all other rewards.
Goals
$43 of $150 per month
We could bring on a new contributor and offer them an honorarium of $150 for ten commissioned pieces. 
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Founded in 2011 by a small group comprised of students and alumni from the University of Ottawa’s Theatre Department, the New Ottawa Critics(NOC) came together as a collective of individuals who all shared a passion for writing theatre criticism. The organization takes pride in our contributors’ cultivated practical experience as a supplement to their theoretical backgrounds and many of our members have worked or continue to work in the Ottawa theatre community. We believe in investing in the future of theatre criticism in Canada and thus we strive to engage and train new minds through different workshops and non-traditional forms of theatre journalism (i.e. video blogging or doodling). The NOC seeks to promote professional level theatre journalism on a digital platform from the perspectives of formally trained theatre critics.

The field of theatre criticism and print media at large is undergoing a significant shift whereby the opportunities to become a paid professional theatre critic are slim to none (very recently the Ottawa Citizen let go their sole freelance theatre critic Patrick Langston). As such, young emerging theatre writers are driven to seek out alternative ways to monetize their work or, at the very least, compensate their time working. Given where critics lay on the theatrical spectrum, it feels ethically ambiguous to ask theatre artists or producers directly for money in exchange for a review (or the time spend writing the review); or to take the newspaper route and offer up our work only by paid subscription.

This is why Patreon feels like such a great fit for our organization. Our work is still published for free and for everyone to read on newottawacritics.com; but if you like our work and believe that criticism vis a vis its theatre critics are an integral and essential part of theatre creation, then you can support us here with a small monthly subscription. By becoming a patron of the New Ottawa Critics (for as low as $1/month!) you will receive exclusive insider rewards that transcend the traditional theatre review. 

Support local theatre by backing its critics!

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Tiers
Friends of the NOC
$1 or more per month 3 patrons
Official patron status. This means you'll get access to the patron-only feed AND endless appreciation for joining our team. Your name will also be put up on our Patrons page.
BFFs of the NOC
$3 or more per month 3 patrons
Including all other rewards, BFFs will receive access to our unpublished and unedited versions of our work- see how we construct our criticism!
Friends with Benefits
$5 or more per month 1 patron
Including all other rewards, Friends with Benefits will receive a handwritten and personalized Thank-You letter. This tier also includes 1 free entry into any NOC-run draws/raffles.
NOC Official Donor Status
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
Including all other rewards, Official Donors will receive bi-monthly loot bags with 3-4 locally sourced items up to a $15 value.
NOC Gold Member
$20 or more per month 1 patron
Including all other rewards, Gold Member's have the option of choosing between A Date Night with a Critic (spend the evening with your Critic of choice where you will take in a local production and indulge in lively post-show discussion) OR free entry into any NOC-run event 
NOC Official Sponsor
$100 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
Official Sponsors will receive premium advertising space on our website and regular shout outs on social media, plus all other rewards.