Check out RISCA’s Draft Strategic Plan – and give us feedback!

Image from the Rhode Island Theatre Company Get-Together on October 28, 2019 at Mixed Magic Theatre.

Since April of 2018, RISCA’s staff has been in a multi-pronged strategic planning process, deploying surveys, hosting community listening sessions & small groups conversations, holding RISCA staff retreats, and sharing various draft elements of our strategic plan with our constituents.

Now it is time for us to hear your feedback on our completed draft Strategic Plan! Between today and February 14th, you will have the opportunity to provide us with feedback through live in-person community listening sessions around the state, live Zoom calls, and an online survey – whichever way works best for you and your schedule.

Our first live Zoom video call will be December 12th from 1-2 PM. No need to RSVP – you can join the call at the appropriate time via this link here, or call-in at 929-436-2866, Meeting ID: 666 541 591. All you need is an internet browser and connection to participate. Video is not required; you can participate either by computer audio, phone, or video.

Our 10-question, online feedback survey is open now through February 14th. You can access the survey here.

Stay tuned for an announcement of our live community listening sessions for the Strategic Plan later this month. If you have any questions or run into any technical issues, contact Randall Rosenbaum at or or 413-222-3880.


There are several components to the Strategic Plan: mission, vision, values statement, goals, and objectives. The mission articulates what we do, while the vision articulates our aspirations as an agency. The most critical element is our values statement, which will function as the lense through which we view all our work. The goals (fund, advance, etc.) are the ways in which we accomplish those values, while the objectives get even more specific.

You can view the draft Strategic Plan here!

Deadline to Register for the Poetry Out Loud Recitation Competition is Friday December 20th!

Poetry Out Loud is a national arts education program that encourages the study of great poetry by offering free educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition to high schools across the country. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life. The competition is a state to national event held in early spring.
It’s not too late to register! Check out this video to learn more about the program. Register by contacting Martha Lavieri, Poetry Out Loud Rhode Island
Program Coordinator at 401-282-0304.

Applications now open for GiveMe5 2020 Teen Film Labs

RISCA is excited to announce the dates for the 2020 GiveMe5 Labs! These filmmaking labs are free and open to any high school student looking to learn the ins and outs of what it takes to make a film. Students will work collaboratively in groups guided by film teachers to write, shoot, and edit a short film all in one day!
This year’s theme will be “No Dialogue.” Students will be challenged to make a film using cinematic language and sound design to tell a story without words. The lab will focus on key camera angles, foley sound effects, and image composition. Students interested in taking part can fill out the application form here.
The dates and locations for this year’s labs are March 7 at Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts in Providence; and March 14 at University of Rhode Island in Kingston.