Mindbending Student Productions

Mindbending Productions is a student-run theater company on campus which gives students not able to participate in university productions a chance to be involved in the theater. As our productions have very little involvement from the professors, it also gives theater majors and minors a chance to perfect their craft on their own.

Contact: Taylor Gulotta '17

Constitution

History of Organization

Mindbending Productions was founded in 2009 by Kevin Mannering and Jenna Worsham as an organization intended to produce both student written and student directed productions. During its premiere season, Mindbending Productions successfully produced Ah! Wilderness written by Eugene O'Neill and The Fantasticks written by Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones. It has since gone on to produce over 25 student run performances.

Mission Statement

Mindbending Productions is a student-run theater company on campus which gives students not able to participate in university productions a chance to be involved in the theater. As our productions have very little involvement from the professors, it also gives theater majors and minors a chance to perfect their craft on their own.

Requirements for Membership

Applicants must indicate an interest in an area of performance, production, writing, management, etc.

Benefit to the Student Body

Mindbending Productions provides students with an alternative means of producing work through a community of artists made up entirely of their peers.

Benefit to the Community

Mindbending Productions brings a number of additional productions to Lexington, VA each year, including plays, musicals and sketch comedy performances. Tickets are available to both community members and students.

Organization of Leadership/Officers

President; Acts as the artistic director for the company
Vice President; Assists the President in any way needed and may adopt the role of artistic director when necessary (i.e. The President is abroad for a semester)
Secretary/ Treasurer; Manages the budget for the year, records minutes during meetings, handles group correspondence and other miscellaneous tasks
Marketing/ Social Media; Handles group publicity, manages social media presence (facebook, twitter, etc.)
Historian; Photographs and records events, manages digital scrapbook
Faculty Advisor: Rob Mish

Election Process

Officers are decided in April by a majority vote among members of the board.

By-Laws

I. General

A. To get respect, one must give respect.
B. It is best to pair inexperience with experience.
C. Do not touch, alter, or use any space, technology, or other objects that do not belong

II. Productions

A. For each production there must be at least one production meeting per week to go over each aspect of the show in order to maintain consistency and avoid miscommunication.
B. For each production there must be one person who acts as a liaison to the department. If the liaison is not President or Vice President they must first contact one of these officers to approve each request.
C. If a guest artist has not worked with the company before, there must be a production meeting held before auditions to discuss chain of command and to establish the proper channels of communication.
D. Writers will not direct their own work unless they have demonstrated the ability to separate themselves from their work. They may however assistant direct their work. In this case, it must be made clear that the director reserves the right to make all final decisions. In agreeing to have their piece performed, the writer understands that their work is now subject to the artistic discretion of the director. The director in turn agrees to respect the artistic integrity of the piece.
E. Designers are not technicians. Their job is to contribute to the artistic vision of the piece. The director may direct or comment on a designer's work in order to achieve artistic unity, but he or she should strive for compromise rather than completely overruling. Should a designer and director require, a ranking officer not directly involved in the production may serve as a mediator.

III. Past Work

A. The approval of the writer must be obtained before a piece can be performed. All records kept within the archives must be re-approved by the writer for each future performance. For a piece with multiple writers/collaborators, all individuals must approve the performance(s).
B. The archives are for historical and referential use only.