Out of the Box Theatrics (OOTB) is dedicated to producing new and classic works immersively in site-specific locations performed by a diverse company of actors hired regardless of gender, race, creed, ethnicity, or disability. OOTB challenges audiences to experience work outside of their expectations and strives to diversify American theater by providing an inclusive and accessible platform for artists and patrons.
Out of the Box Theatrics was founded in 2015 by Elizabeth Flemming.
Flemming, a Westminster School of Music graduate, came to NYC with big dreams in 2009. She quickly learned the professional theater community had a certain “type” in mind for her, placing her in a specific box.
She found many colleagues facing the same difficulties and boxes. Others faced additional challenges such as constant oversight for roles based on a traditional vision of character or worse, denial of work based on physical “limitations” (i.e. disability/ethnicity/gender discrimination).
Spending three years on the road as a visually impaired actor the idea of starting a theater company called to Liz, but not a clear mission. She returned to NYC and to auditioning in 2015 and was still being told what personal qualities disqualified her from the project at hand. Being visually impaired and a semi-confusing type tore at her heart strings. Determined to celebrate all the unique qualities that gives actors character in this business Liz created Out of the Box Theatrics Inc!
2015: Elizabeth Flemming founds Out of the Box Theatrics
2016: OOTB mounts its first production – You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown on a playground.
2017: Incorporated as a 501 c 3 nonprofit organization
2017: Sold out benefit concerts with Alice Ripley and Matt & Matte (Fingerlakes’ Anne of Green Gables)
2017: OOTB partners with Alice’s Tea Cup Chapter III for its first full season (Master Harold…and the Boys, The Owl and the Pussycat, Songs for a New World) utilizing nontraditional casting.
2017: Staff grows from 1 -5 and Ethan Paulini is added as Associate Artistic Director.
2017: Building the Box Series is created to give OOTB patrons unprecedented access to the programming process and a platform to America’s most exciting new playwrightOpen Mic Series created at Alice’s Tea Cup –]as a safe and welcoming environment for artist expression
2018: Advisory Board with top industry professionals created
2018: OOTB’s second full season performs in six different site specific Manhattan venues. THE EDIT, a developmental playwright program, and children’s theatre programming added.
Creating strong community relationships. By partnering with specific venues for our productions we promote small business while providing a unique platform for our artists, creatives, and patrons to explore and enjoy.
A sold out 2017 season at Alice’s Tea Cup Chapter 3 of both our Mainstage and New Works Series