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Friends of FOTR

As you plan your charitable giving for 2017, we’d like to invite you to sponsor a troupe of extraordinarily talented high school students who act as arts ambassadors, both locally and internationally.

Established in 2014, the Fellowship of the Ravens Inc is a non-profit theatre troupe educating high school students in theatre production and performance. The company members (age 15 to 19) participate in a variety of workshops and performances throughout the year, bringing the benefits of theatre to their own lives and those of their community audiences in Robbinsville, NJ.

In 2014, The American High School Theatre Festival chose Fellowship of the Ravens as one of the top programs nationally, inviting us to perform a show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the world’s largest performing arts festival, that August. We commissioned a new work, Where to Begin, for the occasion and performed in New York City; Robbinsville, NJ; and Edinburgh, Scotland during our first season.

In our second season, we performed a family-friendly musical. Last summer, we launched a performing arts camp in our community, and we’re returning to Scotland to perform in the 2017 Fringe Festival!

Help Us Build Community Through the Arts

We are bombarded daily with negativity on social media and in the news, collectively draining our empathy. The transformative experience of producing plays, teaching and learning about theatre, and enjoying the arts in our communities invites us to empathize. We go to the theatre to exercise compassion, practice listening and understanding, and engage with people who are not just like ourselves. Developing theatre helps us to develop caring in our community.

Donor Levels

Opportunities are available to donate at all levels. Please join us as a patron of education, the arts, mental health and wellness, and community building.

Grand Sponsor ($5000 and above) will receive:

  • T-shirt for Fellowship of the Ravens
  • Listing as a Grand Sponsor on:
    • Facebook page and website
    • All fundraising event programs or flyers, such as auction booklet and camp brochure
    • Programs for productions
  • Up to ten free tickets for performance of upcoming productions
  • A poster for our next show, signed by the cast and crew

Producer ($2,000-$4,999) will receive:

  • Listing as a Producer on:
    • Facebook page and website
    • All fundraising event programs or flyers, such as auction booklet and camp brochure
    • programs for productions
  • Up to six free tickets for performances of upcoming productions
  • A poster for our next show, signed by the cast and crew

Sponsor ($500-$1999) will receive:

  • Listing as a Sponsor on:
    • Facebook page and website
    • All fundraising event programs or flyers, such as auction booklet and camp brochure
    • programs for productions
  • Up to four free tickets for performances of upcoming productions
  • A poster for our next show, signed by the cast and crew

Benefactor ($250-$499) will receive:

  • Listing as a Benefactor on:
    • Facebook page and website
    • programs for productions
  • Up to four free tickets for performances of upcoming productions

Patron ($100-$249) will receive:

  • Listing as a Patron on:
    • Facebook page and website
    • programs for productions
  • Up to two free tickets for performances of upcoming shows

Friend ($50-$99) will receive:

  • Listing as a Friend on programs for productions
  • A free ticket for performances of upcoming shows

To donate, download this form.

If you have any questions, please call director Alison Sussman at 609.510.8431 or email at FellowshipOfTheRavens@gmail.com.

Fellowship of the Ravens Inc. is a registered tax exempt nonprofit organization with 501c3 status. EIN 46-2890843

Corporate sponsorships

As you plan your charitable giving for 2017, we’d like to invite you to sponsor a troupe of extraordinarily talented high school students who act as arts ambassadors, both locally and internationally.

Established in 2014, the Fellowship of the Ravens Inc is a non-profit theatre troupe educating high school students in theatre production and performance. The company members (age 15 to 19) participate in a variety of workshops and performances throughout the year, bringing the benefits of theatre to their own lives and those of their community audiences.

In 2014, The American High School Theatre Festival chose Fellowship of the Ravens as one of the top programs nationally, inviting us to perform a show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the world’s largest performing arts festival, that August. We commissioned a new work, Where to Begin, for the occasion and performed in New York City; Robbinsville, NJ; and Edinburgh, Scotland during our first season.

In our second season, we performed a family-friendly musical. This summer, we launched a performing arts camp in our community, and we’re returning to Scotland to perform in the 2017 Fringe Festival!

Help Us Build Community Through the Arts

We are bombarded daily with negativity on social media and in the news, collectively draining our empathy. The transformative experience of producing plays, teaching and learning about theatre, and enjoying the arts in our communities invites us to empathize. We go to the theatre to exercise compassion, practice listening and understanding, and engage with people who are not just like ourselves. Developing theatre helps us to develop caring in our community.

Sponsorship Levels

Opportunities are available for both local and international corporate brand exposure across multiple media formats at all levels. Your corporation will be immediately identified to all supporters and audience members as a patron of education, the arts, mental health and wellness, and community building.

Gold Medal Sponsors ($5,000 and above) will receive:

  • Corporation logo or name will appear prominently on the following:
    • Facebook page and website
    • All fundraising event programs or flyers, such as auction booklet
    • Programs for productions through August 2017
  • A free full page ad in US program for summer show 2017
  • Corporation name will appear in Scotland program for 2017
  • Up to ten free tickets for performance of upcoming production
  • A poster for our next show, signed by the cast and crew, and a photo of the troupe in Scotland will be presented to the corporation.

Silver Medal Sponsors ($2,000 to $4,999) will receive:

  • Corporation logo or name will appear prominently on the following:
    • Facebook page and website
    • All fundraising event programs or flyers, such as auction booklet
    • Programs for productions through August 2017
  • A free half page ad in US program for summer show 2017
  • Corporation name will appear in Scotland program for 2017
  • Up to six free tickets for performance of upcoming productions
  • A show poster, signed by the cast and crew, and a photo of the troupe in Scotland will be sent to the corporation.

Bronze Medal Sponsors ($500 to $1,999) will receive:

  • Corporation logo or name will appear prominently on the following:
    • Facebook page and journey blog
    • All fundraising event programs or flyers, such as auction booklet
    • A free quarter page ad in US program for summer show 2017
  • Corporation name will appear in Scotland program for 2017
  • Up to four free tickets for performance of upcoming productions
  • A show poster, signed by the cast and crew, will be sent to the corporation.

If you have any questions, please call director Alison Sussman at 609.510.8431 or email at FellowshipOfTheRavens@gmail.com.

Fellowship of the Ravens Inc. is a registered tax exempt nonprofit organization with 501c3 status. EIN 46-2890843

To contribute, please download this form.

Who’s who in the cast and crew: Where to Begin

Introducing the cast and crew of Where to Begin, the new play presented by Fellowship of the Ravens, to be performed in the NYC/NJ area and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Julianna
Julianna
Julianna (Eleanor’s Mother/Shadow, costume/prop/mask crew)

Theatre is something in Julianna’s life she never will part with, and she looks forward to studying theatre design in college next year. Julianna is planning to find a prince and become the princess of Scotland on this trip. Her dream is to own five castles. If you are interested in making her your princess, call 555-1012.

Kaeleigh
Kaeleigh
Kaeleigh (Joel’s Mother/Shadow/Ensemble)

Kaeleigh is thrilled to be a part of Where to Begin! Past productions include Hansel and Gretel (Ensemble), Aida (Handmaiden/Nubian Slave), and Beauty and the Beast (Belle). She is extremely excited to perform in the Fringe Festival and can’t wait to go to Scotland with everyone!

Noelle
Noelle
Noelle (Troubadour/Kid from Here/Shadow)

Noelle is so excited to be part of Where to Begin! Her previous credits include As You Like It (Jaquis) and 9 to 5 (ensemble). She can’t wait to journey to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with the cast, who have become a family to her.

Kennedy
Kennedy
Kennedy (The Messenger/Sadie’s Mother)

Kennedy is ecstatic about playing the Messenger in Where to Begin! Previous credits include As You Like It (Denis), Beauty and the Beast (Wardrobe), 9 to 5, and Rent (ensemble). She is a former member of the Kids Advisory Board to Broadway. When Kennedy isn’t rehearsing, she is fan-girling over Broadway stars and doing a killer Ethel Merman impression. Don’t forget to be awesome!

Jimmy
Jimmy
Jimmy (Joel, puppetry construction)

Jimmy is absolutely elated to play Joel in Where to Begin and is pleasantly surprised — yet a bit scared — that he is one of the members in charge of puppetry construction.  His recent endeavors include As You Like It (Orlando) and the NJ Thespian Festival, where he was recognized for excellence in a pantomime duet and a dramatic monologue that received a Judge’s Select Award.   For the past ten years Jimmy has played ice hockey, but it was this year he found his true passion in theatre.

Caroline
Caroline
Caroline (Eleanor)

Caroline is thrilled to be given such an amazing opportunity and will absolutely, without a doubt, love every second of it. The cast feels like her second family, and what more could she ever ask for? For the past nine years Caroline has been acting with the help and encouragement of her father, and she is as happy as can be performing alongside her best friends. She cannot wait to have the experience of a lifetime.

Michael
Michael
Michael (The Scribe, costume/media/music crew)

Michael is excited to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. His previous productions include The Odyssey and As You Like It. He was recently recognized for his superior work in both improv and costume design at the NJ Thespian Festival. Michael intends to continue his theatre work past high school and is grateful for this wonderful opportunity.

Alec
Alec
Alec (Joel’s Father/Shadow/Ensemble)

Alec is extremely excited to be traveling across the ocean to do something he loves — acting. He is also honored to be tackling such important topics with people so close to him.

Jasmine
Jasmine
Jasmine (assistant stage manager, props and mask crew)

Jasmine is ecstatic to help on the stage managing team for an original production that will be performed in a once in a life time opportunity, at the Fringe Festival. In her free time, she relishes in her cat like wonders.

Jake
Jake
Jake (Eleanor’s Father/Shadow/Ensemble, puppet construction)

Jacob is super pumped to go to Scotland with his favorite biddies. His acting career, which started in preschool with his titular role in The Cap Man, has included many fantastic productions such as Aida and Broadway’s 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee where he was a contestant next to Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Josh Gad. He can’t wait to build some puppets and visit The World’s End.

Taylor
Taylor
Taylor (Town Crier/Kid from There/Shadow)

Taylor is a charming individual determined to make others smile at his whimsical antics. He is like a ray of sunshine to everyone he meets and is very passionate about his work on stage. He is excited for his greatest adventure yet across the Atlantic Ocean to the hills of Edinburgh, Scotland.

Lexi
Lexi
Lexi (Sadie)

Lexi is overwhelmingly excited to be invited to this once in a lifetime opportunity — performing at the Fringe Festival! With the dedication of her fellow troupe members, and the love and support of her family, she will embark on this amazing journey to spread awareness on teenage mental health both in NJ/NYC and in Scotland. Lexi has had a profound love for the theatre since the age of 6 and has performed in Eloise, Annie, Aida, Thoroughly Modern Millie, 9 to 5, and As You Like It. Lexi has no words to describe her excitement of being Sadie in Where to Begin!

Sydney
Sydney
Sydney (The Darkness/The Light)

Sydney is extremely honored to have this amazing opportunity to shed a different light on teenage mental health issues and share this very important message internationally. Some previous credits include Thoroughly Modern Millie (Ethel Peas), The Oddessy (Eurycleia), 9 to 5 (Ensemble), As You Like It (Audrey), and Into the Woods (Jack’s Mother). Sydney plans to pursue theatre as a college major and as a career. Yes, she knows this is risky, but the heart wants what the heart wants. She thanks everyone for their support in the fellowship’s venture to Scotland!

Mary
Mary
Mary (Mercenary/Kid from Nowhere Special/Shadow)

Mary is super psyched to be a part of this amazing cast! Her previous productions include Annie, Aida, Beauty and the Beast, The Odyssey, and As You Like It. She knows this is an experience she will remember for the rest of her life.

Tommy
Tommy
Tommy (Sadie’s Father/Shadow/Ensemble)

Tommy is both looking forward to acting in his role and to exploring the UK and its culture. He hopes to become a voice actor with the skills he gains in this amazing experience.

Marissa
Marissa
Marissa (prop/mask crew, photography/graphic design)

Marissa is super excited that her first adventure overseas will be with such a wonderful group of people. Her past productions include Into The Woods, As You Like It, The Odyssey, and Alice in Wonderland. While she is typically found backstage, she will occasionally venture into the stage lights. This is not one of those times. She cannot wait to be a part of the Fringe Festival.

Eric
Eric
Eric (stage manager)

Eric humbly assumes his role as Stage Manager for the most ambitious show he has ever participated in. He dedicates the entirety of his theatrical efforts to his lifelong inspiration, Emma Watson.

Laura
Laura
Photo: Laura Williams
Laura Williams (Designer)

Laura will be graduating in May from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University with a BFA in theater design (set design concentration). Laura is an alumni of Robbinsville High School, having worked endless roles there in the theater department including, but not limited to, stage manager, props master, and even occasionally actor. Laura’s professional credits include props artisan at The Public Theater, props master at Bucks County Playhouse, and props master at The Princeton Festival. In addition, she does a great amount of overhire work as a carpenter, scene painter, and puppet designer and artisan. This past fall, she ventured into the world of directing with her widely acclaimed production The R&J Project.

Photography by Harlan Landes Photography

Fundraising Events

Beef and beer and auction a success!

Thanks to everyone who made our Beef and Beer and Auction event a huge success! We’ve pretty much covered our stateside production expenses. Now we just need to cover our expenses for performing abroad.

After this event, we are about a third of the way to our total fundraising goals! To help us reach those goals, support the Fellowship of the Ravens today.

Thanks for all of your support since we began this journey last May. Our Fellowship is lucky to have such great friends and family!

About Where to Begin

Joel's Family
Joel’s awkward family photo, photograph by Jasmine Wilker

Truth is noht in what happens but what it tells us about who we are. Fiction is the lie that tells the truth, after all. — Neil Gaiman

The American High School Theatre Festival chose Fellowship of the Ravens as one of the top programs nationally, inviting us to perform a show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August of 2014. We commissioned a new work, Where to Begin, for the occasion.

Eleanor's Family
Eleanor’s awkward family photo, photograph by Jasmine Wilker

Our original play, Where to Begin, is a story about telling stories in a world that doesn’t abide them. Eleanor, Joel, and Sadie are three very different heroes wrestling with being very different. Having reached an impasse in their respective journeys, they are called upon by a well-meaning Scribe to relate their stories so far. Unconvinced by the narratives written for the heroes, the Scribe asks instead for the truth — THEIR truth. This ensemble-based piece represents the experiences, rather than the symptoms, of teenage mental health issues by folding in elements of fantasy and storytelling.

The show was performed in New York City; Robbinsville, NJ; and Edinburgh, Scotland during the summer of 2014. In a review on the Fringe website, one audience member said, “There is more wit and insight into adolescent mental health than you might find in a dozen symposia by mental health professional. What this young company of high school students lack in experience they more than make up for in imagination and a surprisingly clear perspective on complex issues. An uplifting hour of theatre from a gifted cast.”

Meet the cast and crew of Where to Begin.

About the playwright

Katrina Day, playwright
Katrina Day, playwright
Photo by William Alden Manning

Where to Begin is written by Katrina Day — actor, writer, and the founder and HBIC of the Tumblr blog Lady Parts. Recent acting credits include The Cherry Orchard with Columbia Stages (Anya), Odd.A.See with the Exquisite Corpse Company (Polites), Yahweh’s Follies at Ars Nova (PJ) and Julius Caesar with The Oracular Theatre (Portia/Young Cato).

Her plays have been performed at The Secret Theatre, Theater for the New City, Stage Left Studio, Theatre 80 St. Marks, LaMama, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Katrina is a graduate of NYU Tisch and a proud member of the Brooklyn based integrated arts collective, Exquisite Corpse Company. For updates and info, check out her website.

Light/Darkness
Light vs. Darkness, designed by Marissa Giblin

These photographs were taken during a production of Where To Begin and behind the scenes.

Photography by Harlan Landes.

Bronze Medal Sponsors

Other Corporate Sponsors
★ Bollinger Insurance
★ RMG Construction

Individual Donors
★ Mr. and Mrs. LaCaze
★ Mr. and Mrs. Troy