Open Flame Theatre

is creating original, multi-disciplinary queer & trans performances.

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Sparks

$5
per month
Sparks is our gratitude tier -- a way to support us with a small monthly donation. We have so much love for our sparks, and all patrons will get a gracious shoutout on our website. After three month in this tier, you will also have your choice of a free sticker or mini print!
  • Website Shoutout
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OFT Logo merch will be delivered after 3 months of support!

Embers

$20
per month
Embers ignite our hearts and lay the groundwork for our long-term success! Included in this tier is a program shoutout in our upcoming works, access to a free training participation pass when that becomes viable once again, and after three months of support your choice of a free Open Flame t-shirt!
  • Program Shoutout
  • Training Participation Pass
  • Website Shoutout
Exclusive Merch
Fulfilled by Patreon
Includes
  • Exclusive Sticker - OFT Logo merch will be delivered after 3 months of support!
  • Exclusive T-shirt - OFT Logo merch will be delivered after 3 months of support!

Flare

$50
per month
Flares keep the fires of our passion stoked and supported! Patrons in this tier will receive advanced ticketing to performances as well as access to a monthly video segment hosted by our artistic director and composer Walken Schweigert detailing his journey and process through our musical world. Additionally, after three months of support at this tier patrons will receive a free Open Flame t-shirt of their choice and a handwritten thank you note from the ensemble.
  • Advanced Ticketing
  • Handwritten Thank You Note
  • Access to Composer's Corner
  • Program Shoutout
  • Training Participation Pass
  • Website Shoutout
Exclusive Merch
Fulfilled by Patreon
Includes
  • Exclusive Sticker - OFT Logo merch will be delivered after 3 months of support!
  • Exclusive T-shirt - OFT Logo merch will be delivered after 3 months of support!

Blaze

$100
per month
Blazes lift us higher into the power of our work. Patrons at this tier will receive two complimentary tickets per performance or event, access to a monthly reading list and hour long book club hosted by our artistic director Walken Schweigert. Patrons of this tier also get access to a monthly video activity, hosted by a rotating member of the ensemble which may include dance classes, clowning and acrobatic instruction, yoga for performers, basic music lessons, and so much more!
  • Complimentary Tickets
  • Monthly Video Activity
  • Reading List & Book Club
  • Advanced Ticketing
  • Handwritten Thank You Note
  • Access to Composer's Corner
  • Training Participation Pass
  • Program Shoutout
  • Website Shoutout
Exclusive Merch
Fulfilled by Patreon
Includes
  • Exclusive Sticker - OFT Logo merch will be delivered after 3 months of support!
  • Exclusive T-shirt - OFT Logo merch will be delivered after 3 months of support!

Pyre

$500
per month
Pyres are the bright beacons that guide us on our journey. Patrons at this tier enjoy the rewards of all lower tiers, as well as access to monthly observation passes to in person Open Flame rehearsals and insider looks at bi-weekly rehearsal footage.
  • Observation Pass to Rehearsal
  • Exclusive Rehearsal Footage
  • Complimentary Tickets
  • Monthly Video Activity
  • Reading List & Book Club
  • Access to Composer's Corner
  • Advanced Ticketing
  • Handwritten Thank You Note
  • Training Participation Pass
  • Program Shoutout
  • Website Shoutout
Exclusive Merch
Fulfilled by Patreon
Includes
  • Exclusive Sticker - OFT Logo merch will be delivered after 3 months of support!
  • Exclusive T-shirt - OFT Logo merch will be delivered after 3 months of support!

Inferno

$1,000
per month
Infernos burn brighter than the rest, displaying a true fire that we long to uplift and support for many years to come. Patrons at this tier enjoy the perks of all lower tiers, as well as a monthly personal dinner with the cast and ensemble at no cost.
  • Monthly Dinner with the Cast
  • Observation Pass to Rehearsal
  • Exclusive Rehearsal Footage
  • Complimentary Tickets
  • Monthly Video Activity
  • Reading List & Book Club
  • Handwritten Thank You Note
  • Access to Composer's Corner
  • Training Participation Pass
  • Program Shoutout
  • Website Shoutout
Exclusive Merch
Fulfilled by Patreon
Includes
  • Exclusive Sticker - OFT Logo merch will be delivered after 3 months of support!
  • Exclusive T-shirt - OFT Logo merch will be delivered after 3 months of support!

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About Open Flame Theatre

Open Flame Theatre creates original, multi-disciplinary performances rooted in the queer/Trans experience. Through exploring the surreal and fantastic, we seek to liberate the imagination which we recognize as a vital part of the larger struggle for justice and freedom.

Open Flame Theatre began as the Unseen Ghost Brigade, a Minnesota-based traveling theatre troupe founded by Walken Schweigert in 2008. In 2010 the Unseen Ghost Brigade created a circus-influenced tragicomedy called Death on the Mississippi that they toured down the Mississippi River on a homemade raft. The mission was to provide free theatre to communities along the Mississippi and explore the historical impacts of industry along the River. In six months they made it from Minneapolis, MN to Caruthersville, MO. This same year, Schweigert and Katie Burgess created Gut Wrenched and Rising (GWaR), a surrealist and autobiographical performance about lived trans experiences. From these two performances (Death on the Mississippi and GWaR) was birthed the “Rewilding Cycle”—a fantastical operatic triptych about uprooting oppression and imagining liberated futures.

In 2012 Double Edge Theatre in Ashfield, MA—an internationally-renowned theatre ensemble, founded by Stacy Klein—offered Schweigert a mentorship in the development of The Wastelands, a traveling folk opera inspired by Dante’s Purgatorio and first performance of the “Rewilding Cycle”. In 2013 Schweigert founded Children of the Wild to create The Wastelands using the process and training practices developed by the Double Edge Ensemble, inspired by the work of Rena Mirecka and others from Eastern Europe and South America. Children of the Wild was the first-ever company-in-residence at Double Edge Theatre’s Farm Center from 2012-2016. It was there during those four years that The Wastelands was developed with Katie Burgess and other artists under Schweigert’s artistic direction, as part of his and Katie’s mentorship by Stacy Klein and Carlos Uriona.

The Wastelands premiered in the spring of 2016 and then toured for six months across the Great Lakes region, shared for free in public everywhere it went. As part of this journey The Wastelands was performed in Holyoke, MA; Buffalo, NY; Cleveland, OH; Lorain, OH; Mackinaw City, MI; Detroit, MI; Duluth, MN; and Minneapolis, MN, in collaboration Great Lakes Commons and a wide-range of social and environmental justice organizations.

In 2017 Children of the Wild was renamed Open Flame Theatre and returned to the midwest. Open Flame Theatre is now in residence indefinitely at Philadelphia Community Farm in Osceola, WI, and in November 2017 began work on The Garden (part two of the triptych, inspired by Dante’s Inferno) for which Schweigert was also recently awarded a commission from the Jerome Foundation via the American Composer’s Forum to create.
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