- Theatre Rice
Non-profit_name = Theatre Rice!
Non-profit_type = Modern
founded_date = Fall 1998
University of California, Berkeley
key_people = Producer:
Writer's Block Coordinator:
Chief Financial Officer:
area_served = Berkeley
revenue = Ticket Sales, Merchandise
num_members = 41
homepage = [http://www.ocf.berkeley.edu/~thrice/ theatrerice.com]
Theatre Rice conducts dedicated shows on the
University of California, Berkeleycampus regularly, performs externally throughout the San Francisco Bay area, and tours throughout California. Shows traditionally include improvisation, sketch comedy, drama, films, live music, and adaptations, though musicals, dances, and duologues. Other forms of performance have been featured as well.
Theatre Rice, the first modern
Asian American theatregroup at Berkeley, was started in the autumn of 1998. Since its conception, Theatre Rice has grown considerably, both artistically and physically. In the past several years, the group has begun to attract an increasingly larger audience and a greater membership. Theatre Rice has emerged from a relatively unknown group to a group whose performances have become an anticipated community event.
Theatre Rice was conceived to provide people (particularly, but not exclusively, Asian American) who might not otherwise have a chance to participate in theatrical arts the opportunity to act, write, sing, direct,
dance, and learn behind-the-stage techniques. What sets Theatre Rice apart from other dramatic groups is its open and unintimidating environment, and the basic ethic that effort and commitment are more important than experience or innate talent. Because the group is contains both seasoned and fledgling actors, there exists a healthy dynamic within which members can share their experiences and learn from each other.
The Asian American aspect of Theatre Rice is important because it is a step towards combating the misrepresentation, as well as the lack of representation, of the Asian American community in popular culture. By its mere existence, Theatre Rice is fulfilling its purpose of putting forth ideas that stem from the minds of Asian Americans, and therefore addressing the Asian American population as well as the greater community within Berkeley and beyond.
A percentage of every show's profits goes to charity [ [http://www.ocf.berkeley.edu/~thrice/index.php?tr=charity&menu=about_menu Theatre Rice ] ] . In Spring 2008, the shows raised $1500 for
AATC, Asian American Theater Company. The fall 2007 shows raised $1000 for AYPAL, the Asian Pacific Islander Youth Promoting Advocacy and Leadership. Spring 2007's shows donated $650 to YFAT(Youth For Asian Theatre) and another $650 to NAWHO(National Asian Women's Health Organization).This work allows Theatre Rice to give back to the community.
* [http://www.ocf.berkeley.edu/~thrice/ Theatre Rice Main Website]
* [http://www.dailycal.org/sharticle.php?id=17905 Rice Up Your Life: An Article on Theatre Rice in the
* [http://www.dailycal.org/sharticle.php?id=17423 Lifting the Curtain: An Article on Theatre Rice in the
* [http://www.berkeley.edu/ UC Berkeley Main Website]
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