Lilly Theatre Company
Lilly Theatre Company is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization designed to enrich, educate and support military veterans, students, and other under-served community constituents through theatre and music. Our team consists of diverse people working together to establish a theatre company that opens doors. We value and seek to work with all ability levels throughout the company. We are artists, creatives, musicians, and community people from many different places and circumstances. Some of us are military veterans or allies who are always willing to further our professional pedagogy to help strengthen our skills for inclusivity purposes. We are compassionate individuals who care about people and recognize the importance of having safe and collaborative arts programs for the community. Our interests in the arts drive us to build community. Not only because we are passionate about working with our nation's military veterans, foreign military veterans, and students with many learning differences on the autism spectrum, we are interested in leading the way to building a stronger and more inclusive foundation in the arts. We are also constantly searching for platforms to share our theatre and music projects and programs to inform and inspire people.
Each day we look around our communities and we notice many people have lost hope in this world perhaps due to loss of jobs or possibly mental health complexities. Sadly, it seems, the list runs long with the number of people who die by suicide. Veterans dealing with mental health issues, students navigating the education system while battling their struggles with poor executive function skills because of their learning differences, and students on the autism spectrum who face numerous challenges coordinating their social lives struggle to find community. We challenge ourselves to learn approaches and strategies that help us impact those who come to us. We are here to help remove the barriers to them participating in artistic programs.
Launched during the pandemic in May 2021, four original plays were released for online viewing via our social media platforms. We continue to write, direct, and produce our productions with fascinating originality. We are constantly pushing past what is expected from a theatre company. We go against any idea of what a theatre company is supposed to be. Our works are delivered virtually through various platforms and in person. We address social challenges to educate and encourage collaboration between our work and the community. We are also eager to deal with more significant systemic issues that continue to hold people back, by addressing these topics in our playwriting. We also shed light on our own personal stories and value one another through civil and safe theatre practices. Within Lilly Theatre Company, we offer opportunities for the community to register for music lessons and various workshops.
"We use the Arts and Education to enrich people’s lives by providing them the tools and experiences they can use to support their journey."