What we aim for and how we are getting there
Verge’s black box theater welcomes all people to take part in the joy of theater and theatermaking, helping to nurture self-confident, problem-solving citizens and grow community.
Verge Theater’s mission is to create offbeat, thought-provoking, heart-inspiring theater that is masterful in execution, empowering to children, teens and adults, and evocative of our vibrant local community.
Where we've been and where we're going
In 2017, the little black box on the edge (of Bozeman!), was at a crossroads. Despite being a beloved community nonprofit and despite the fact that it had achieved a decent level of stability, Verge Theater felt called to grow its reach.
Verge was born in 1994 as Equinox Theatre. It changed its name in 2011 to reflect the organization’s transition from a company-based acting theatre to a black box community theater. Throughout its history, the organization has placed an emphasis both on theatermaking and education, including teaching classes for kids, teens and adults, resulting in a high-quality, in-demand education program. Verge Theater also began taking theatermaking classes into public schools in the Gallatin Valley, bringing theater to those who might not otherwise have access.
When looking ahead to 2018 and beyond, the board of directors recognized the power of theatermaking to help kids grow into confident, problem-solving adults, and to help adults connect to a community, to recapture their child-like sense of play, and to be their best selves. The board saw need for more theatermaking in the world and all it can provide. Now was the time to grow that education program.
In addition, the board recognized it would soon be time to invest in a few upgrades to the rather bare-bones black box with things like new lighting, more comfortable seating and technology upgrades to better communicate with patrons, diversify the kinds of theater Verge produces, and open up more creative venues for local artists.
Finally, long-time Verge artistic and program director Erin Roberg wanted to pursue her next chapter. So the Verge board seized the opportunity to restructure for growth. They invested in hiring an executive director as well as a programs director and began the strategic planning process.
Through the strategic planning process, Verge identified five critical goals for the next three years:
1. Extend Verge’s reach within the community.
2. Grow and professionalize our fundraising program.
3. Grow and professionalize our education program.
4. Streamline theater operations.
5. Create an increasingly comfortable, compelling space in which to make and experience theater.
We are proud of these goals, excited for the future, and excited for you to join us!