Rachel Jendrzejewski is creating ART
48

patrons

$219
per piece
Rachel Jendrzejewski is a writer and performance maker who works throughout the U.S. and internationally, most often investigating awareness, embodied experience, and the complexities of “community.” She frequently collaborates with dancers, visual artists, musicians, fellow writers, and alleged non-artists to explore new performative vocabularies. Her works have been developed and/or presented by the Walker Art Center, Red Eye Theater, Public Functionary, In the Heart of the Beast, Padua Playwrights, The Wild Project, Playwrights’ Horizons, Trinity Rep, A.R.T., and ICA/Boston, among others. She is currently a Core Writer at The Playwrights' Center. Other honors include Playwrights’ Center McKnight and Jerome Fellowships, residencies at the University of Minnesota's Institute for Advanced Study and MASS MoCA, plus project support from the Network of Ensemble Theaters, Minnesota State Arts Board, and Foundation for Contemporary Arts. MFA Playwriting, Brown University.

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in recent years, I have been exploring many different models for financial sustainability as an experimental writer, collaborative performance-maker, and interdisciplinary artist.

in November 2015, I joined this new platform, Patreon, which departs from many other crowd-sourcing platforms in that aims to generate less project-specific, more ongoing income for artists, while directly connecting these artists and their work to their audiences, fans, and supporters - taking the best of patron models from centuries past (the 1:1 mutually rewarding relationship between an artist and a supporter) and translating it into a new horizontal platform for today (where a "patron" can be someone who regularly gives $1, not $1 million).

at first, I was nervous that nobody would sign up. but today, I am humbled to have dozens of incredible patrons who are providing me with substantial support - empowering me to prioritize work that might otherwise live on the back burner indefinitely.

giving through Patreon is different from nonprofit/charitable giving. Patreon support is not tax-deductible. it's more like subscribing to a theater season... only instead of paying an institution for tickets to whatever they might create that year, you're paying an artist directly for access to whatever she makes that year (or over any amount of time that you want to commit). it's an active relationship and mutual exchange.

Patreon has become popular thanks in part to some high-profile folks (like the amazing Amanda Palmer) who use it to connect to fans around the world. clearly, I'm not operating at such a vast scale, so I hope it goes without saying that I do not have expectations about securing a comparable level of support! rather, I see this platform as a useful way to connect with my existing small-yet-so-mighty circle of supporters in a way that is personal, ongoing, and logistically smooth/streamlined - perhaps eventually serving as an alternative to (at least some of) the big time-sensitive project campaign blitzes, as I become able to budget for projects in a new way, thanks to knowing what has been pledged per piece.

"per piece?" you might wonder, what does that mean?

in a nutshell, here's how it works:


+ you pledge to give a certain amount (could be $1, could be $5, could be more) every time I release a new piece of work. it is super fast and easy to sign up, and you immediately have access to the full archive of previously shared work, which has been accumulating since 2015!

+ a "piece" could be something small, like a blog post, or big, like the premiere of a new performance. I make a lot of different kinds of things - not only performances and blog posts, but also social practice experiments, collages, poems, songs, films, and more.

+ I currently share 1-3 "pieces" per month. sometimes it is less and occasionally it might be more.

+ you can set a dollar cap on your giving, so that you never exceed what is affordable for you during months when I'm on fire! you'll still get access to everything I make. you also can bow out before you get charged in any given month, if you find yourself in a financial pinch or simply aren't feeling it.

+ in addition to being the first to access any released "pieces," my Patronauts will receive exclusive updates and thank you gifts on a regular basis, most of them organic to my art-making processes of the moment.

in 2018, your support is more vital than ever, as I enter remission from breast cancer. I may be working a little more slowly than usual, but mind you, I am working. building a new interdisciplinary collaboration with Brooklyn-based choreographer Terry Hempfling. developing new projects with The Syndicate, Tricklock Company, and Los Angeles Performance Practice. scheming some very big exciting plans in Maine with Theo Goodell. AND MORE!

your patronage plays an unspeakably huge role in allowing me to prioritize and commit time to these projects, in many cases even before (or in lieu of) securing institutional partnerships and other forms of funding. I can't wait to share more about all of it with you over the coming months.

thank you so much for your belief and support!

banner image from video still of work-in-progress with Terry Hempfling, 2018

profile headshot by Rafal Nowack
Tiers
one
$1 or more per piece 19 patrons
every dollar very much counts. thank you!!
you will have access to a patron-only feed, kind of like a private blog where I'll share all new releases, including things that I may or may not ever share with the wider online world (e.g. full-length videos of performances)... plus all you amazing good eggs can interact with each other, exchange ideas, etc.!
three
$3 or more per piece 16 patrons
you are so immensely kind. thank you!!
in addition to the above, I'll periodically send you hard copy draft pages from new plays or other writing, selected especially for you. frame them, fold them up and carry them in your pockets, hide them in library books for strangers...
five
$5 or more per piece 9 patrons
this is a remarkably substantial commitment. thank you!!
I'm stealing Amanda Palmer's random surprise group concept. in addition to everything above, on a regular basis, I will send you a small surprise. examples could be artifacts from projects, creations that I'm too shy to share with a wider pool right now, original music videos starring my cats... the sky is the limit. we'll see what happens!
ten
$10 or more per piece 5 patrons
you are extraordinary. wow. thank you!!
this is a whole new level of commitment to the development of new work. I'm so grateful! in addition to everything above, you will be among the first to receive a free copy of any/all of my writing published in book form! new Patronauts at this level will receive encyclopedia, I Might Be The Person You Are Talking To (an anthology featuring my short play AMBER) or Innovation in Five Acts (in which I have an essay) to start.
twenty five
$25 or more per piece 2 patrons
you remind me to keep putting one foot in front of the other. thank you!!
okay, so this level is a big leap. people giving $25 per piece are not only making possible the immediate work that I'm creating, but allowing me to budget and save in a whole new way toward future work, bigger projects, and (not to get too grandiose, but it's true) an all-around more financially sustainable life as an artist. in addition to everything listed above - the feed, pages, surprises, books - this group will get periodic special invitations to live and online gatherings. These invites may include free tickets to my next production, private real-time broadcasts of productions, panel conversations, long table discussions, happy hours, story circles, brainstorming sessions, think tanks, and more. I'll shape these opportunities in part through close conversation with you, based on your location, availability, curiosities, and interests.
fifty
$50 or more per piece 1 patron
wow. just wow. words fail me. thank you!!
if you are giving at this level, you are all in, making some serious magic happen in the world. in addition to everything above, we'll be in close touch about what kind of engagement is interesting for you on a case by case basis. if we live in the same place, or maybe even if not, we could have dinner together periodically to dream and scheme. or have tea via Skype. perhaps I can provide some experimental art wonder for your next event, or offer a writing workshop for you or someone you know. I'll send you postcards throughout the year. in other words, we'll be in close contact. THANK YOU!

Rachel Jendrzejewski is a writer and performance maker who works throughout the U.S. and internationally, most often investigating awareness, embodied experience, and the complexities of “community.” She frequently collaborates with dancers, visual artists, musicians, fellow writers, and alleged non-artists to explore new performative vocabularies. Her works have been developed and/or presented by the Walker Art Center, Red Eye Theater, Public Functionary, In the Heart of the Beast, Padua Playwrights, The Wild Project, Playwrights’ Horizons, Trinity Rep, A.R.T., and ICA/Boston, among others. She is currently a Core Writer at The Playwrights' Center. Other honors include Playwrights’ Center McKnight and Jerome Fellowships, residencies at the University of Minnesota's Institute for Advanced Study and MASS MoCA, plus project support from the Network of Ensemble Theaters, Minnesota State Arts Board, and Foundation for Contemporary Arts. MFA Playwriting, Brown University.

* * * * *

in recent years, I have been exploring many different models for financial sustainability as an experimental writer, collaborative performance-maker, and interdisciplinary artist.

in November 2015, I joined this new platform, Patreon, which departs from many other crowd-sourcing platforms in that aims to generate less project-specific, more ongoing income for artists, while directly connecting these artists and their work to their audiences, fans, and supporters - taking the best of patron models from centuries past (the 1:1 mutually rewarding relationship between an artist and a supporter) and translating it into a new horizontal platform for today (where a "patron" can be someone who regularly gives $1, not $1 million).

at first, I was nervous that nobody would sign up. but today, I am humbled to have dozens of incredible patrons who are providing me with substantial support - empowering me to prioritize work that might otherwise live on the back burner indefinitely.

giving through Patreon is different from nonprofit/charitable giving. Patreon support is not tax-deductible. it's more like subscribing to a theater season... only instead of paying an institution for tickets to whatever they might create that year, you're paying an artist directly for access to whatever she makes that year (or over any amount of time that you want to commit). it's an active relationship and mutual exchange.

Patreon has become popular thanks in part to some high-profile folks (like the amazing Amanda Palmer) who use it to connect to fans around the world. clearly, I'm not operating at such a vast scale, so I hope it goes without saying that I do not have expectations about securing a comparable level of support! rather, I see this platform as a useful way to connect with my existing small-yet-so-mighty circle of supporters in a way that is personal, ongoing, and logistically smooth/streamlined - perhaps eventually serving as an alternative to (at least some of) the big time-sensitive project campaign blitzes, as I become able to budget for projects in a new way, thanks to knowing what has been pledged per piece.

"per piece?" you might wonder, what does that mean?

in a nutshell, here's how it works:


+ you pledge to give a certain amount (could be $1, could be $5, could be more) every time I release a new piece of work. it is super fast and easy to sign up, and you immediately have access to the full archive of previously shared work, which has been accumulating since 2015!

+ a "piece" could be something small, like a blog post, or big, like the premiere of a new performance. I make a lot of different kinds of things - not only performances and blog posts, but also social practice experiments, collages, poems, songs, films, and more.

+ I currently share 1-3 "pieces" per month. sometimes it is less and occasionally it might be more.

+ you can set a dollar cap on your giving, so that you never exceed what is affordable for you during months when I'm on fire! you'll still get access to everything I make. you also can bow out before you get charged in any given month, if you find yourself in a financial pinch or simply aren't feeling it.

+ in addition to being the first to access any released "pieces," my Patronauts will receive exclusive updates and thank you gifts on a regular basis, most of them organic to my art-making processes of the moment.

in 2018, your support is more vital than ever, as I enter remission from breast cancer. I may be working a little more slowly than usual, but mind you, I am working. building a new interdisciplinary collaboration with Brooklyn-based choreographer Terry Hempfling. developing new projects with The Syndicate, Tricklock Company, and Los Angeles Performance Practice. scheming some very big exciting plans in Maine with Theo Goodell. AND MORE!

your patronage plays an unspeakably huge role in allowing me to prioritize and commit time to these projects, in many cases even before (or in lieu of) securing institutional partnerships and other forms of funding. I can't wait to share more about all of it with you over the coming months.

thank you so much for your belief and support!

banner image from video still of work-in-progress with Terry Hempfling, 2018

profile headshot by Rafal Nowack

Recent posts by Rachel Jendrzejewski

Tiers
one
$1 or more per piece 19 patrons
every dollar very much counts. thank you!!
you will have access to a patron-only feed, kind of like a private blog where I'll share all new releases, including things that I may or may not ever share with the wider online world (e.g. full-length videos of performances)... plus all you amazing good eggs can interact with each other, exchange ideas, etc.!
three
$3 or more per piece 16 patrons
you are so immensely kind. thank you!!
in addition to the above, I'll periodically send you hard copy draft pages from new plays or other writing, selected especially for you. frame them, fold them up and carry them in your pockets, hide them in library books for strangers...
five
$5 or more per piece 9 patrons
this is a remarkably substantial commitment. thank you!!
I'm stealing Amanda Palmer's random surprise group concept. in addition to everything above, on a regular basis, I will send you a small surprise. examples could be artifacts from projects, creations that I'm too shy to share with a wider pool right now, original music videos starring my cats... the sky is the limit. we'll see what happens!
ten
$10 or more per piece 5 patrons
you are extraordinary. wow. thank you!!
this is a whole new level of commitment to the development of new work. I'm so grateful! in addition to everything above, you will be among the first to receive a free copy of any/all of my writing published in book form! new Patronauts at this level will receive encyclopedia, I Might Be The Person You Are Talking To (an anthology featuring my short play AMBER) or Innovation in Five Acts (in which I have an essay) to start.
twenty five
$25 or more per piece 2 patrons
you remind me to keep putting one foot in front of the other. thank you!!
okay, so this level is a big leap. people giving $25 per piece are not only making possible the immediate work that I'm creating, but allowing me to budget and save in a whole new way toward future work, bigger projects, and (not to get too grandiose, but it's true) an all-around more financially sustainable life as an artist. in addition to everything listed above - the feed, pages, surprises, books - this group will get periodic special invitations to live and online gatherings. These invites may include free tickets to my next production, private real-time broadcasts of productions, panel conversations, long table discussions, happy hours, story circles, brainstorming sessions, think tanks, and more. I'll shape these opportunities in part through close conversation with you, based on your location, availability, curiosities, and interests.
fifty
$50 or more per piece 1 patron
wow. just wow. words fail me. thank you!!
if you are giving at this level, you are all in, making some serious magic happen in the world. in addition to everything above, we'll be in close touch about what kind of engagement is interesting for you on a case by case basis. if we live in the same place, or maybe even if not, we could have dinner together periodically to dream and scheme. or have tea via Skype. perhaps I can provide some experimental art wonder for your next event, or offer a writing workshop for you or someone you know. I'll send you postcards throughout the year. in other words, we'll be in close contact. THANK YOU!