The Yokohama Theatre Group (Andrew Woolner) is creating Theatre
15

patrons

$311
per mainstage show, workshop, or event
ABOUT YTG
We're a registered non-profit organization in Japan (NPO Hojin) that makes modern, multilingual, and international theatre. We've been around since 1900, but we've really only been in the modern theatre game for 7 years or so.

ABOUT THE EVENTS
There are three types of events that you will be supporting.

Mainstage Shows - Simple enough. These are the mainstage shows. Usually, these are new works developed by an ensemble in rehearsal. Occasionally, these are pieces written by a company member or two. More rarely, these will be adaptations, interpretations, or deconstructions of existing public domain works. Despite the name "mainstage", these shows may be performed in non-traditional venues or even outside of Japan on tour. They may, from time to time be shows by other companies touring in that YTG produces, or shows by companies with whom we have an agreement to release videos of their production to you. It is our hope to have 3 - 6 of these a year.

Workshops - Public performances of works-in-progress. This is how we test drive new ideas. Videos for these shows will come out faster because we won't be working as hard to make them look pretty. Expect anywhere from 0 - 4 of these a year.

Events - Large-scale (for us) events to raise money or awareness. These are always performance-oriented somehow and include poetry slams, storytelling evenings, etc. Again, like workshops, these videos will be released more quickly. Expect 2 - 4 of these per year.

There will not be more than 12 shows, workshops, or events per year total; probably less. Our goal for the 2016/2017 season is 6.

WHY YOU, WHY NOW
You and others like you are very diverse and are spread throughout Japan and the wider world. When we mount a show, only a small fraction of our potential audience are able to come to the shows. That's a side-effect of having an international and expat audience. Of course, we're trying to build our native Japanese audience, but that is a project that will take time. In the meantime, we want to make it easier for the people like you who want to support us to do so.
That's what this Patreon page is about!

HOW IT WILL WORK
You will pledge to give us any amount you choose every time we make a show, workshop, or event. There will be between 6 and 12 of these every year (6 is our target for the 2016/2017 season). Your donations will help us by providing a stable and predictable amount of money for each show which will allow us to put more focus on the artistic side of each production.
Shortly before or shortly after a show, we will post a thank you video that will trigger a payment. Any rewards (like a video of the show) will follow when they become available. Video for shows by other companies will trigger a payment only when the video is released.
Our Patrons will be considered "members" of the organization at the $20 level and up. Members will see shows for free. If you miss a show, or if you live abroad, you will get access to a recording of it.

Q&A
Below are a few questions and answers we think that you might have. If you have any other questions, feel free to ask us.

Q. What is the money used for?

A. Your money will be used directly on the production in question, or to support it and future productions. This may include things like costumes, props, and set; theatre rent; professional services; transportation allowances; and honourariums. It may also include office supplies (scripts need to be printed, after all) or critical equipment, etc.


Q. When will I get my rewards?

A. Physical rewards like show programmes will be sent out within 10 days of a show closing. They may even be sent out sooner, depending on the show. Recordings of the show will be made available via an unlisted YouTube or password-protected Vimeo link when the video editing is complete. This will be within 6 months of show date. (We hope earlier, but it will depend on who is available to do the editing and whether it’s a mainstage show, a workshop, or an event.) For tickets, see the next question.


Q. My reward includes show tickets. How will I receive them?

A.You will be asked to reserve your tickets using a special form slightly before tickets go on sale for the general public. Tickets will be held in your name at the box office and you will pick them up on the day(s) you attend the show.


Q. I can’t afford $20 US per show to be a member. Is it worth it to give a smaller amount?

A. It’s worth it to us! A pledge of $10, $5, or even $1 per show is a meaningful gesture that says you support us and our work. And even non-members will receive the warm, fuzzy feeling of supporting art as we thank you on twitter, Google+, and Facebook. News updates will hit Patreon before they hit the wider web or our regular newsletter, so you'll see them first. You won’t get the show videos, but you'll get access to promo videos and other free stuff slightly earlier than the general public as well as Patreon only material (short stories or poems written to support a show, or unused art for a programme or flyer, just to give a couple of examples).


Q. How many times will I be charged for one show?

A. Once for each run of a show, whether that run is one night or two weeks or even longer.
Separate productions of the same show will each count as a separate show. For instance, the May 2015 Kawasaki production of Kikai-ga-shima and the September 2015 tour of that show to Taipei would be considered two separate productions because they will be quite different and have different teams working on them. However, the 2010 tour of 39 to three Canadian Fringe festivals would have counted as a single production because the aim was to recreate the show faithfully in all three cities.
If there’s a significant time gap or change to the show, and we think the result will be interesting to you, then it will be considered a separate show for the purposes of your sponsorship.


Q. Why do you need my snail mail address if I’m not receiving anything from you?

A. The term “member” isn’t just something we’re making up. You’re actually on a membership list that we submit to the municipal government in Yokohama every year. This gives you the right to attend our Annual General Meeting every year, if you so desire. You’ll also receive YTG’s annual report so that you can see how your donations are being put to use.


Q. How did you come up with the reward levels?

A. We tried to price the lowest member tier slightly lower than our current “special offer” ticket price of 2500 yen. In a sense, you are making a donation rather than buying a ticket through the normal route. For the levels above that, we just incremented in a way that seemed logical.


Q. I don’t want to do recurring donations. How can I make a one-time contribution to support YTG?

A. Head on over to http://sponsor.ytg.jp and make a one-time donation. Patreon doesn’t support non-recurring donations at this point in time.
Tiers
Member-level Patron
$20 or more per mainstage show, workshop, or event 4 patrons
Just the show please! At this level, you're an official member of the Yokohama Theatre Group. You can come to the show for free, and if you can't make it or you live out of town, you'll receive access to a video of the project! (And, of course, a thank-you on social media!)

You'll also get free admission to some of our sister events, like Nerd Nite Tokyo. (see tokyo.nerdnite.com)



Includes
  • Free Nerd Nite Admission
  • Show Tickets
Copper Member
$30 or more per mainstage show, workshop, or event 1 patron
At this level, you can attend the show for free as many times as you like. If you can't come to the show, you'll get access to a video of the project when it's finished being edited and an e-programme sent to your email address! The full, virtual experience. (And, of course, a thank-you on social media!) (You can also have access to the video and e-programme even if you come to see the show.)

Includes
  • Free Nerd Nite Admission
  • Show Tickets
Silver Member
$40 or more per mainstage show, workshop, or event 2 patrons
At this level, you can attend the show for free and bring a friend OR come as many times as you like by yourself. If you're out-of-town or otherwise can't see the show, you get the full experience: access to a video of the show, and an actual physical programme mailed to you by snail (mail). Of course, you also get a social media mention when you join. (You can also have access to the video even if you come to see the show.)

Includes
  • Free Nerd Nite Admission
  • Show Tickets
  • Physical Programme
Gold Member
$50 or more per mainstage show, workshop, or event 3 patrons
Hm. Maybe we need a better name for this tier.


At this level, you can attend the show, with a friend, as many times as you like. If you can't come to see the show in person, you'll get access to a video of the project, a physical programme mailed to you. (And, of course, you'll get a thank-you on social media!)

Pledge $100 or more per mainstage show, workshop, or event
0 patrons
At this level, you're a YTG platinum member. You can attend the show as many times as you like, with a friend. You'll get access to a video of the event, a physical programme, and mentions on social media. You'll also be listed on our website, and in every show programme that you are a sponsor for.

You'll be able to participate in a monthly Q&A (see the $50 level for details).

The Q&A will take place either on a Sunday night at 22:00 JST (Saturday morning, for North Americans) or Monday morning at 10:00 (Sunday evening, for North Americans). Timing will depend and be adjusted for the national composition of patrons at this pledge level. If there's enough interest, we'll set up two or more separate Q&As.
Pledge $200 or more per mainstage show, workshop, or event
0 patrons
You are not only a YTG Platinum member (with all the benefits listed at that level), but you are also a producer. This means you will also be listed as a producer in our programmes and on the website, and will be invited to attend closing night parties (and opening night galas, if we get around to having some).
Pledge $300 or more per mainstage show, workshop, or event
0 patrons
Business Sponsor: At this level, you get a full-page black and white advert for your business in our smaller programmes, or a half-page black and white advert in a larger programme. (Most of our programmes tend to be A5 size pages or smaller.) You are listed on the website's "sponsors" page. You have 3 tickets to every show, workshop, or event.
Pledge $500 or more per mainstage show, workshop, or event
0 patrons
Corporate Sponsor: At this level, you are a corporate sponsor. Your name or your company logo is displayed on the front of all publicity materials, show programmes, and the website. You get a full-page advert in the programme (in colour, if the programme is in colour) as well. You also have 8 tickets to every show, workshop, or event.
Pledge $1,000 or more per mainstage show, workshop, or event
0 of 1 patrons
Main Sponsor: You are the main sponsor for all YTG performance events. Your name (or your business name) appears with the title of every show. For example,

YTG and [your company name] Present [title of show or event]

Your name and logo will also be prominently featured on the website, and you will be listed at the top of the "sponsors" page. You get a full-page advert either on first inside page or the back page of the programme (full-colour if the programme is in colour). If there is a curtain speech (some of our shows don't start or end in a traditional way), you will be thanked in it.
Goals
$311 of $450 per mainstage show, workshop, or event
We're currently using youtube to host our videos because it's free. If we hit this campaign goal, we'll upgrade our video provider to Vimeo with a paid account, allowing us to have better quality and better control over our videos, and. best of all, NO ADS!
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ABOUT YTG
We're a registered non-profit organization in Japan (NPO Hojin) that makes modern, multilingual, and international theatre. We've been around since 1900, but we've really only been in the modern theatre game for 7 years or so.

ABOUT THE EVENTS
There are three types of events that you will be supporting.

Mainstage Shows - Simple enough. These are the mainstage shows. Usually, these are new works developed by an ensemble in rehearsal. Occasionally, these are pieces written by a company member or two. More rarely, these will be adaptations, interpretations, or deconstructions of existing public domain works. Despite the name "mainstage", these shows may be performed in non-traditional venues or even outside of Japan on tour. They may, from time to time be shows by other companies touring in that YTG produces, or shows by companies with whom we have an agreement to release videos of their production to you. It is our hope to have 3 - 6 of these a year.

Workshops - Public performances of works-in-progress. This is how we test drive new ideas. Videos for these shows will come out faster because we won't be working as hard to make them look pretty. Expect anywhere from 0 - 4 of these a year.

Events - Large-scale (for us) events to raise money or awareness. These are always performance-oriented somehow and include poetry slams, storytelling evenings, etc. Again, like workshops, these videos will be released more quickly. Expect 2 - 4 of these per year.

There will not be more than 12 shows, workshops, or events per year total; probably less. Our goal for the 2016/2017 season is 6.

WHY YOU, WHY NOW
You and others like you are very diverse and are spread throughout Japan and the wider world. When we mount a show, only a small fraction of our potential audience are able to come to the shows. That's a side-effect of having an international and expat audience. Of course, we're trying to build our native Japanese audience, but that is a project that will take time. In the meantime, we want to make it easier for the people like you who want to support us to do so.
That's what this Patreon page is about!

HOW IT WILL WORK
You will pledge to give us any amount you choose every time we make a show, workshop, or event. There will be between 6 and 12 of these every year (6 is our target for the 2016/2017 season). Your donations will help us by providing a stable and predictable amount of money for each show which will allow us to put more focus on the artistic side of each production.
Shortly before or shortly after a show, we will post a thank you video that will trigger a payment. Any rewards (like a video of the show) will follow when they become available. Video for shows by other companies will trigger a payment only when the video is released.
Our Patrons will be considered "members" of the organization at the $20 level and up. Members will see shows for free. If you miss a show, or if you live abroad, you will get access to a recording of it.

Q&A
Below are a few questions and answers we think that you might have. If you have any other questions, feel free to ask us.

Q. What is the money used for?

A. Your money will be used directly on the production in question, or to support it and future productions. This may include things like costumes, props, and set; theatre rent; professional services; transportation allowances; and honourariums. It may also include office supplies (scripts need to be printed, after all) or critical equipment, etc.


Q. When will I get my rewards?

A. Physical rewards like show programmes will be sent out within 10 days of a show closing. They may even be sent out sooner, depending on the show. Recordings of the show will be made available via an unlisted YouTube or password-protected Vimeo link when the video editing is complete. This will be within 6 months of show date. (We hope earlier, but it will depend on who is available to do the editing and whether it’s a mainstage show, a workshop, or an event.) For tickets, see the next question.


Q. My reward includes show tickets. How will I receive them?

A.You will be asked to reserve your tickets using a special form slightly before tickets go on sale for the general public. Tickets will be held in your name at the box office and you will pick them up on the day(s) you attend the show.


Q. I can’t afford $20 US per show to be a member. Is it worth it to give a smaller amount?

A. It’s worth it to us! A pledge of $10, $5, or even $1 per show is a meaningful gesture that says you support us and our work. And even non-members will receive the warm, fuzzy feeling of supporting art as we thank you on twitter, Google+, and Facebook. News updates will hit Patreon before they hit the wider web or our regular newsletter, so you'll see them first. You won’t get the show videos, but you'll get access to promo videos and other free stuff slightly earlier than the general public as well as Patreon only material (short stories or poems written to support a show, or unused art for a programme or flyer, just to give a couple of examples).


Q. How many times will I be charged for one show?

A. Once for each run of a show, whether that run is one night or two weeks or even longer.
Separate productions of the same show will each count as a separate show. For instance, the May 2015 Kawasaki production of Kikai-ga-shima and the September 2015 tour of that show to Taipei would be considered two separate productions because they will be quite different and have different teams working on them. However, the 2010 tour of 39 to three Canadian Fringe festivals would have counted as a single production because the aim was to recreate the show faithfully in all three cities.
If there’s a significant time gap or change to the show, and we think the result will be interesting to you, then it will be considered a separate show for the purposes of your sponsorship.


Q. Why do you need my snail mail address if I’m not receiving anything from you?

A. The term “member” isn’t just something we’re making up. You’re actually on a membership list that we submit to the municipal government in Yokohama every year. This gives you the right to attend our Annual General Meeting every year, if you so desire. You’ll also receive YTG’s annual report so that you can see how your donations are being put to use.


Q. How did you come up with the reward levels?

A. We tried to price the lowest member tier slightly lower than our current “special offer” ticket price of 2500 yen. In a sense, you are making a donation rather than buying a ticket through the normal route. For the levels above that, we just incremented in a way that seemed logical.


Q. I don’t want to do recurring donations. How can I make a one-time contribution to support YTG?

A. Head on over to http://sponsor.ytg.jp and make a one-time donation. Patreon doesn’t support non-recurring donations at this point in time.

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Tiers
Member-level Patron
$20 or more per mainstage show, workshop, or event 4 patrons
Just the show please! At this level, you're an official member of the Yokohama Theatre Group. You can come to the show for free, and if you can't make it or you live out of town, you'll receive access to a video of the project! (And, of course, a thank-you on social media!)

You'll also get free admission to some of our sister events, like Nerd Nite Tokyo. (see tokyo.nerdnite.com)



Includes
  • Free Nerd Nite Admission
  • Show Tickets
Copper Member
$30 or more per mainstage show, workshop, or event 1 patron
At this level, you can attend the show for free as many times as you like. If you can't come to the show, you'll get access to a video of the project when it's finished being edited and an e-programme sent to your email address! The full, virtual experience. (And, of course, a thank-you on social media!) (You can also have access to the video and e-programme even if you come to see the show.)

Includes
  • Free Nerd Nite Admission
  • Show Tickets
Silver Member
$40 or more per mainstage show, workshop, or event 2 patrons
At this level, you can attend the show for free and bring a friend OR come as many times as you like by yourself. If you're out-of-town or otherwise can't see the show, you get the full experience: access to a video of the show, and an actual physical programme mailed to you by snail (mail). Of course, you also get a social media mention when you join. (You can also have access to the video even if you come to see the show.)

Includes
  • Free Nerd Nite Admission
  • Show Tickets
  • Physical Programme
Gold Member
$50 or more per mainstage show, workshop, or event 3 patrons
Hm. Maybe we need a better name for this tier.


At this level, you can attend the show, with a friend, as many times as you like. If you can't come to see the show in person, you'll get access to a video of the project, a physical programme mailed to you. (And, of course, you'll get a thank-you on social media!)

Pledge $100 or more per mainstage show, workshop, or event
0 patrons
At this level, you're a YTG platinum member. You can attend the show as many times as you like, with a friend. You'll get access to a video of the event, a physical programme, and mentions on social media. You'll also be listed on our website, and in every show programme that you are a sponsor for.

You'll be able to participate in a monthly Q&A (see the $50 level for details).

The Q&A will take place either on a Sunday night at 22:00 JST (Saturday morning, for North Americans) or Monday morning at 10:00 (Sunday evening, for North Americans). Timing will depend and be adjusted for the national composition of patrons at this pledge level. If there's enough interest, we'll set up two or more separate Q&As.
Pledge $200 or more per mainstage show, workshop, or event
0 patrons
You are not only a YTG Platinum member (with all the benefits listed at that level), but you are also a producer. This means you will also be listed as a producer in our programmes and on the website, and will be invited to attend closing night parties (and opening night galas, if we get around to having some).
Pledge $300 or more per mainstage show, workshop, or event
0 patrons
Business Sponsor: At this level, you get a full-page black and white advert for your business in our smaller programmes, or a half-page black and white advert in a larger programme. (Most of our programmes tend to be A5 size pages or smaller.) You are listed on the website's "sponsors" page. You have 3 tickets to every show, workshop, or event.
Pledge $500 or more per mainstage show, workshop, or event
0 patrons
Corporate Sponsor: At this level, you are a corporate sponsor. Your name or your company logo is displayed on the front of all publicity materials, show programmes, and the website. You get a full-page advert in the programme (in colour, if the programme is in colour) as well. You also have 8 tickets to every show, workshop, or event.
Pledge $1,000 or more per mainstage show, workshop, or event
0 of 1 patrons
Main Sponsor: You are the main sponsor for all YTG performance events. Your name (or your business name) appears with the title of every show. For example,

YTG and [your company name] Present [title of show or event]

Your name and logo will also be prominently featured on the website, and you will be listed at the top of the "sponsors" page. You get a full-page advert either on first inside page or the back page of the programme (full-colour if the programme is in colour). If there is a curtain speech (some of our shows don't start or end in a traditional way), you will be thanked in it.