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Puzzle Piece Theatre

Detroit, MI

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Personal Story

In fifth grade I got this idea in my head that I was going to produce a haunted house in my mom's basement. I don't know how or why, but 20 years ago my mom said, “yes” and my passion began to take shape. I grew up in a blue collar neighborhood in St. Louis that became testing ground. We changed venues almost yearly, but I kept the haunted house going through my senior year of high school. I spent the rest of my time acting and doing tech for the school plays. I went to college on a performance scholarship, moved to Chicago after graduation and quickly met and fell in love with a fiery Detroit girl. I came to share her passion for Detroit, and after six years of marriage and two kids Detroit offered so much possibility that we decided to begin the next chapter of our lives here.

Business Description

Puzzle Piece Theatre serves the community by bringing to life a wide variety of theatrical texts through storytelling that re-imagines what is possible in live performance.

There is a huge groundswell of support and energy moving towards the revitalization of Detroit at the community level. At the same time the threat of life-long residents at the neighborhood level being left out of these efforts is a real concern. The best asset the city has is its people; the passion, love, and dedication to Detroit exhibited by those here is second to none. Puzzle Piece Theatre sees the opportunity to foster unity between the communities, both old and new, and leverage the passion people hold for their home in trans-formative ways.

Our main-stage season targets college students and young professionals by employing framing devices that alter an audience's perception of what theatre is, and what it can be. This focus affords us the opportunity to continually reinvent the experience we bring to patrons. With our community programming we target the presently under-served members of the community. Our programs promote: performing arts, literature, cultural participation, and literacy. All community programs will be offered free of charge. We foster a life-long love of cultural participation.

The need for Puzzle Piece Theatre is clear:
To attract and retain the best and brightest young professionals to the City of Detroit. Social and cultural offerings capture the interest of this target audience and are vital for Detroit to return as a city of national prominence. Detroit holds such promise today because of the dedication of long time residents who deserve exciting and approachable cultural programing that enhances community life. Puzzle Piece Theatre serves these purposes.

What is the purpose of this loan?

We will use the loan to: rental of a performance venue ($1000), pay for the production royalties ($360), buy set and props materials ($700), pay stipends to the actors and crew ($1,940), buy liability insurance ($200), buy and rent A/V equipment ($500), and print posters and postcards for marketing ($300).

We produced a series of 4 free shows for 100 people in Q3 2012. The costs were covered by a donation from a board member. Without funding through Kiva, we would aim to host a smaller-scale series in Q2 2013 for 150 people, charging $15/person. We would have to spend time seeking funding elsewhere and do a smaller production. With a loan through Kiva, we will be able to accelerate our production time-line, and increase the scope of our audience. For $5,000, we can produce an initial 12 performances engaging a larger portion of our target audience earlier, 300 people in Q1, and charge our audience to build our revenues.

This loan will make my dream a reality. It will allow me to produce our first main-stage production, and begin the engagement of our target audience. Once I can showcase my work locally, it will become easier to attract future funding.

Db's loan is endorsed by Michigan Corps. The information below explains why his trustee thinks Db is a great candidate for a Kiva Zip loan.
How long have you known this person?

1 year - 3 years

Tell us about your relationship with this borrower.

Michigan Corps met DB and his wife Sara a little over 1 year ago. Sara contacted Michigan Corps' first Kiva Detroit business, Thrive Detroit, after reading about its launch with a loan through Kiva. DB and Sara had recently relocated to Detroit from Chicago and wanted to volunteer for Thrive Detroit. Since then, DB and Sara have participated in local Kiva Detroit business roundtables and enthusiastically share about the progress of Puzzle Piece Theatre in building relationships with key community stakeholders in Detroit.

Tell us about this borrower's personality and character, and why you are endorsing him or her for a Kiva Zip loan.

DB is very passionate about building community in Detroit and believes in giving his time and energy to making art accessible and relevant in neighborhoods across the city. DB is in demand as an artist and is growing as an entrepreneur. He brings experience in starting and running a Chicago-based theatre company. Since his relocation to Detroit, DB has quickly gained the trust and admiration of community organizations that are very enthusiastic about partnering with him to bring the arts to long-standing residents of Detroit. Cultural participation through training local actors and engaging a diverse audience drive the development of DB’s theatre company. We are endorsing him for a loan request that we find to be clear, specific, and which would serve as a catalyst for building a theatre company that will enhance an accessible and relevant arts culture in the Detroit community.

Tell us about this borrower's business, and why you believe a Kiva Zip loan will contribute to his or her success.

DB has the passion and skills to bring a unique community-theatre model to the city. But with a one-salary household, he is struggling to finance the upfront costs of his first major production series, which would build community momentum and revenue for the company. A Kiva Zip loan will enable DB to produce a series of plays, enhancing visibility in the community among residents and local community organizations. Whenever a person is as passionate about something as DB, being able to actually fulfill and see his plans come to life is sure to benefit both DB as an entrepreneur and the community in which he is very vested.

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PAYING BACK

A loan of $5,000 helps me to pay for the talent and materials needed to produce a play.

Disbursed Oct 30, 2012
Repayment Term:
12 monthly payments
Grace Period:
6 months
Listed:
Sep 20, 2012
Disbursed:
Oct 30, 2012
Paying Back:
Oct 31, 2012

About Puzzle Piece Theatre

Industry:
Entertainment
Years in Operation:
New Business
Website:
puzzlestage.org
Follow:
Facebook
Badges:
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What are Borrower Badges?

Borrower Badges are a system designed to recognize and reward borrowers’ engagement with the Kiva Zip website.

There are two types of badges that are tiered like medals: Gold, Silver and Bronze.

  1. 'Repayment badges' are awarded for the on-time repayment of loans.
  2. 'Connectedness badges' are awarded for engagement with the Kiva Zip website.

This loan is endorsed by

Trustee Type:
Non-Profit
Location:
Detroit, MI
Badges:
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On Zip Since:
Sep 20, 2012
(19 months)
Loans Endorsed:
8
Total Value:
$31,500
Fundraising/Raised:
0
Paying on Time:
3
Paying Back Late:
4
Repaid in Full:
1
Defaulted:
1
Repayment Rate:
72%
Why are you endorsing Db?

DB is very passionate about building community in Detroit and believes in giving his time and energy to making art accessible and relevant in neighborhoods across the city. DB is in demand as an artist and is growing as an entrepreneur. He brings experience in starting and running a Chicago-based...

What are Trustee Badges?

Trustee Badges are a system designed to recognize and reward trustees’ engagement with the Kiva Zip website.

There are two types of badges that are tiered like medals: Gold, Silver and Bronze.

  1. 'Repayment badges' are awarded for the on-time repayment of loans.
  2. 'Connectedness badges' are awarded for engagement with the Kiva Zip website.
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