Wyoming Arts Council

Macey Mott and friends launch campaign for new performance space

Jackson’s Macey Mott, director of Riot Act, Inc., Theatre Company, served on the WAC artist roster for a number of years and has been a panelist for more than one WAC grant (many more). She sent us some info about a new project she’s embarked on with colleagues Mike Covell and Jason Fritts. They have started an Indiegogo campaign here. Take a look. Here’s some background info:

Mike Covell, Jason Fritts, and Macey Mott are setting out on a long-held dream to create a flexible rehearsal, performance and events space to serve the Jackson Hole community.  That dream is taking shape as Convergence.

Mike (a musician and sound designer), Jason (a musician, teacher, and band leader), and Macey (a theater and artistic director, producer, designer, and actor) all have long histories in Jackson’s performing arts community and more than 60 years of combined experience creating and managing performance art.

As Jackson continues to grow, existing venues are bursting at the seams.  Small theater, music, and dance groups in our area can’t afford to rent the space.  We hope to provide an affordable alternative for rehearsal, performance, and event space the artistic community can take advantage of.

Convergence will make its home on North Cache Street in Jackson.  The large open space will provide flexible options for a wide variety of needs. Retractable walls can be closed to create smaller rehearsal or classroom spaces or open up to a large performance or event space.   A portable riser system will create risers or stages anywhere in the space.  While a durable floor will be perfect from everything from a dance floor, performance seating, or concert.

Convergence will give musicians and theater groups a place to rehearse, bands to perform, artists to offer classes, and the public to host events of all kinds. The possibilities are endless.

Funds generated through this campaign will go towards start-up costs. We are currently working with the Town of Jackson and Teton County to do a change of use for the space and once that process is complete, there will be some limited construction to get the space ready for you to use.  Funds will also be used for rental costs during the construction phase, as well as equipment including retractable walls, chairs, computer equipment and software, and electronics.

We hope to be running in the black within three years of opening.  We plan on charging hourly rates for rehearsal spaces, for events and performances in the space, and also sell tickets for Convergence sponsored events such as concerts, dance hall nights, and holiday events.

Michael, Jason, and Macey are excited to offer an alternative space for artists in Jackson and hope you find this a worthy cause to support.

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