Transcendence Theatre Company

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Transcendence Theatre Company
Type Theatre group
Purpose Nonprofit Professional Regional Theatre Company
Location
  • Sonoma County, California
Artistic director(s)
Amy Miller
Notable members
Sutton Foster, Megan McGinnis, Ben Vereen

Transcendence Theatre Company is a 501c3 nonprofit professional regional theatre company based in Sonoma County, California. Transcendence Theatre Company (TTC) specializes in producing Broadway Concerts and Musicals in the majestic open-air ruins of a historic winery in Jack London State Historic Park as well as in venues throughout Sonoma County. TTC is changing the common approach to theatre by focusing on an holistic approach to art, community, health, and the environment. It is TTC's goal to serve local residents and tourists alike by producing an annual theatre festival that began in the summer of 2012.

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History[edit]

Transcendence Theatre Company was established in 2008 as a 501c3 non-profit performing arts organization.

In 2009, the company embarked on the Transendence Artist Project at the Gertrude Perlman Theatre in Punta Banda, Baja Mexico where they spent March through June of that year laying the foundation of the company and exploring what it means to be a holistic company in the 21st century. The company produced the musical Working for their first ever main stage performance along with various community projects with local orphanages and the residents of Punta Banda, La Bufadora, and Rosarito, Mexico. During the 4-month project, the company joined with a team of holistic health specialists to integrate physical and mental health practices into an artists training. The artists worked with specialists in a variety of fields including fitness, nutrition, psychology, music therapy, and neuroscience.

Project Knowledge included the six founding artists of TTC embarking on a 2 month cross country research tour in the spring of 2010 to assess the current challenges facing the theatre field. Over 450 people participated in the project from Artistic Directors at the United States' top regional theatres like the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Arena Stage and Steppenwolf Theatre, to Broadway Producers to college students and professors.[2] TTC used all the invaluable data that was gathered on "Project Knowledge" to begin to build the foundation for their company. [3] [4]

On Saturday, October 1, 2011 TTC produced, Broadway Under the Stars a benefit concert for the Valley of the Moon Natural History Association, a 501c3 non-profit organization which takes care of Jack London, Annadel and Sugarloaf Ridge State Parks.[5]

Founding Artists

Amy Miller

Brad Surosky

Stephan Stubbins

Randi Kaye

Robert Petrarca

Leah Sprecher [6]


Relationship with Jack London State Historic Park[edit]

The purpose of Jack London State Historic Park is to make available to the public for their enjoyment the historical and natural features that exemplify Jack London’s lifestyle, his contribution to American literature, his efforts to develop and demonstrate new agricultural techniques and his affection for the natural environment.

In the first two seasons, Transcendence gave over $72,000 to Jack London State Historic Park and played an important part in saving the park from slated closure. $5 from every ticket sold goes to the park.

Community Giving[edit]

Transcendence Theatre Company has performed either for, or in support of these organizations since moving to Sonoma County in 2012:

  • Jack London State Park
  • Valley Of The Moon Natural History Association
  • Glen Ellen Fire Department
  • Native Sons of the Golden West
  • Social Advocates for Youth
  • Bread & Roses
  • The AIDS Walk of San Francisco
  • Boys & Girls Club of Central Sonoma County
  • Pets Lifeline
  • Marin Humane Society
  • WillMar Center Family Grief & Healing Center
  • Redwood Food Bank
  • Petaluma Movies In The Park
  • Kenwood Marsh Checkerbloom Society
  • Spring Lake Village Retirement Community
  • Sonoma Serenity Home
  • Valley Of The Moon Farmers Market in Sonoma Plaza
  • Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce
  • Sonoma County Tourism
  • San Francisco Travel
  • Santa Rosa Rose Parade
  • Sonoma Raceway
  • Out In The Vineyard
  • Gaydar
  • Destination Races
  • Oakmont Village Retirement Community
  • The Dunbar School
  • Kenwood Church
  • Muscardini Winery
  • Paradise Ridge Winery
  • Kaz Winery
  • Benziger Family Winery
  • Newcomers of Sonoma
  • Newcomers of Santa Rosa
  • Rotary Club of Sonoma Valley
  • Rotary Club of Santa Rosa West
  • Rotary Club of Glen Ellen & Kenwood
  • Kiwanis Club of Sonoma
  • Kiwanis Club of Santa Rosa

Organization[edit]

Artistic Director and CEO: Amy Miller Co-Executive Directors: Brad Surosky and Stephan Stubbins Chief Operating Officer: Rob Barnum Business Director: Brett Fisher Associate Director: David Walker Associate Director: Robert Petrarca Technical Director: Jeffrey Porter Box Office Manager: Leesa Munger

Performance History[edit]

2014

1. One Singular Sensation

2. Fantastical Family Night

3. The Music Of The Night

4. Gala Celebration

2013

1. Fly Me To The Moon

2. Fantastical Family Night

3. Dancing Through Life

4. Gala Celebration

2012

1. Dream The Impossible Dream

2. Fantastical Family Night

3. What A Wonderful World

4. Gala Celebration

Past Performers[edit]

2014

2013

2012

Awards and Press[edit]

Year Organization Award Result
2014 Press Democrat Best Local Live Theater Event Nominated
2014 USAToday 10-Best Outdoor Concert Venues You Shouldn’t Miss Won
2013 Broadway World San Francisco Theater of the Year Won
2013 Broadway World San Francisco Best Special Theater Event Won
2013 Broadway World San Francisco Best Production for Youth Won
2013 Broadway World San Francisco Best Choreographer Won

Sponsors[edit]

Presenting Season Sponsor: Nelson Staffing Solutions

Signature Wine Sponsor: Benziger Family Winery

Season Media Sponsor: Sonoma Index-Tribune

Premier Wine Sponsor: Chateau St. Jean

Premium Business Sponsors:

Nightly Wine Sponsors:

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