by Artistic Director, Jeffery Brooks

Saying goodbye to 2013 is hard for us at Inner Circle Theatre: it was our first full year as a theatre company; a year where we got to grow and test our limits; a year where we discovered so much about ourselves as a community and our members, and loved what we found. However, we’re looking forward to 2014 so much that we’re willing to give last year one final hug, turn back one more time, and smile before we plunge into the exciting year ahead. 2014 promises to be one of more growth, more change, and more inspiration, both planned and unknown. As much as we love the nostalgia of looking back on the beautiful surprises and planned wins, we can’t wait to see what the future brings for all of us in the Inner Circle.

In 2013, we saw our first hugely successful Evening of Scenes; agents and managers were met with and won out of two nights of art and camaraderie and our members were able to show how much they had grown over the last year. Our community went above and beyond helping each other: from inspiration and encouragement to active, in-the-trenches producing and crewing on each others’ projects. Our members created some incredibly inspiring, fun, poignant, and hilarious work both on paper and on film. Their love and dedication to the craft and to each other inspired us to work harder, explore more avenues, and push ourselves artistically both within the group and without. Jobs were also won through the Inner Circle, both survival and artistic: our members completely rocked at making sure that their fellows were taken care of financially and creatively.  Finally, we selected our first play and put the pieces in motion to have an envelope-pushing Romeo and Juliet go up in 2014 as an all-out extravaganza worthy of the Inner Circle Theatre name.

In addition to our first two plays, the second to be announced, we look forward to continuing our new Evening of Scenes tradition, expanding the industry’s awareness of our members and the amazing work that they do, and deepening our community’s commitment to each other and their craft.  We want to become self-sustaining: continuing to bring in new members to feed the growth of the community and help us create new projects and opportunities for everyone.  We want to put into motion more productions, more frequently; facilitating and utilizing our members’ creativity and drive to make great art. And we’re looking forward to all the inevitable, unexpected surprises that will come from being a home for so many dynamic, driven individuals.

Further down the road, although we have started this already in 2013 and will continue our mission to 2014, we envision being a force in the Los Angeles community and the greater theatre community as a whole: providing support and the tools for success to actors at all levels and creating art that helps to better the world one person at a time. As the Inner Circle expands, we want to “be the change we want to see in the world” to paraphrase the oft Gandhi-attributed quote. We want to see more positive growth, more inspiration, more art, more creativity, more LIFE every day.  We are so blessed and happy to have you help us continue our mission. Happy, happy 2014.

“If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. … We need not wait to see what others do.” — Mahatma Gandhi