Future Tenant is a downtown art space and a joint project between Carnegie Mellon University’s Master of Arts Management (MAM) program, Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Fine Arts and The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Our mission is to provide a laboratory setting for artists, arts managers and audiences to explore the limits of the creative expression, presentation and interpretation of various art forms. We strive to support local emerging artists across all disciplines in the Greater Pittsburgh area.
What makes Future Tenant unique is that it is run entirely by MAM students at Heinz College. Our team consists of 9 masters students, and is led by three directors (second-year students) and six managers (first-year students). Future Tenant provides a diverse learning opportunity for managers to gain hands-on experience in multiple areas of arts management, including programming, marketing, community outreach, database management and fundraising.
Future Ten, which was established in 2003 by MAM alum Brad Stephenson (Director of Marketing, Carnegie Museum of Art) is Future Tenant’s ten-minute play festival. The play has taken place annually each November since its conception, and this year marks its 12th year running. As part of our mission to explore emerging talents across disciplines, Future Tenant seeks to offer programming that is divided equally between the performing and visual arts. As such, Future Ten represents our biggest theater/performing arts program, providing both a stage and platform for Pittsburgh’s local emerging playwrights, actors/actresses and directors to showcase their talents.
This year, we have chosen 6 ten-minute comedies from over 800 play submissions nationwide. The Future Ten Ten-Minute Play Festival 2015 is directed by Brett Sullivan Santry, and takes place on November 7, 13, 14 & 15. For more information on show times and ticket prices, please visit our website.
2015 is an important year for Future Ten, as it is the first year the student staff will take the production completely in-house. This is a tremendous opportunity, but also one that comes with some challenges for the Future Tenant team.
Prior to this year, Future Tenant outsourced its theater productions to contracted producers, who brought in their own directors and actors. Taking the production in-house will allow Future Tenant to strengthen our involvement with the local theater community in Pittsburgh, ultimately creating greater and lasting ties with our surrounding community.
However, as a student-run organization, the program budget for Future Ten is very limited. As such, we are only able to offer a small travel stipend to the participating actors. Despite this, we are fortunate to have seven brilliant actors/actresses joining the production: Adrienne Lotto, Stephanie Ramos, Nick Benninger, Andy Coleman, Ethan Crystal, John Teresi and Dan Bisbee. Our donors are incredibly important to the success of Future Ten, because they allow us to support our talented actors and directors, as well as provide a sustainable foundation to continue this model in the future.
By making a donation to Future Ten, you will be able to:
Help participating artists receive compensation for their hard work: Our goal is to pay all participants (7 actors, 1 director, and 1 stage manager) 6% each of donations, for a total of 54%.
Contribute to the limited production budget for lights, props and stage settings. The remaining 45% of donations will be used for production.
Our goal is is to raise $2,500 or more to support this year's production. If we exceed our stretch goal of $3,500, any remaining funds from this campaign will go towards creating a Future Ten Annual fund, which will be used to support subsequent years' Future Ten productions. The purpose of the fund is to provide financial support to local performing artists and to promote the sustainability of future in-house productions.
Thank you for your support!