Newness for The Muse!

A newsletter of The Muse of Fire Project
Week of September 14 – 20, 2015


It’s been a delightfully busy start to the new Muse of Fire Project season. Newness abounds – new staff, fresh starts, cool collaborations and exciting new relationships!

Of course, the main event of the new season is that 10 kid playwrights have joined us from all over town to become Musers!
Please welcome Jessie, Kylie, Nikki, Will, Ashlynn, Abigail, Carrigan, Jose, Vincent and Iyana! We are so excited to have these talented young playwrights and can’t wait to see what stories they will tell. Monday September 14 was the first class and we are off to a great start! And a special thanks to all the adult volunteers: Bryan, Lewis, Stephanie, Sarah, Annie and to the Board for all your support.

FALL 2015 Musers!

FALL 2015 Musers!

Thanks to a grant from The Lyndhurst Foundation, The Muse of Fire Project is able to grow a little more. We have established four administrative positions to help strengthen the leadership and move the vision of TMOFP forward. We have already begun offering more programs and extended the reach of the awesome work Muse does! We have hired an Executive Director and an Artistic Associate; solidified the positions of Artistic Director and Producing Director; held a new program for teachers; collaborated with new organizations and participated in some awesome events. (Read more below.) We are honored to receive this grant and very happy to be able to reach more kids and bridge more communities through our work. Thanks Lyndhurst!

A very special announcement in newness world – Lisa Crowder has been named the Executive Director for The Muse of Fire Project. She comes to The Muse with a terrific background in working with young non-profits. She is excited to be working with The Muse of Fire Project after seeing it for the first time last Spring. Her son Will is a current Muser.

Artistic Director Kate Forbes led a one-day-only session for area teachers sharing Muse Playmaking techniques to inspire new ways to get kids to write. Teachers gave up their precious Saturday to attend a special workshop at the Chattanooga Public Library. They had a great time doing what the kid Playwrights do – creating characters and making plays! Many commented on what a great day it was for them and how they can’t wait to do it again!

Artistic Associate Matt Johnson also just joined Team Muse in an official capacity – yep you already read it – Artistic Associate. You have seen Matt in nearly every Muse show since the beginning and have loved it every time he’s been onstage. We are thrilled to have him on board as an official Team Muser!

Park(ing) Day Chattanooga!
The Muse of Fire Project spent the day on Friday September 18 on Main Street next to The Terminal hot dog/rootbeer space and across the street from many amazing dance companies. People walking along Main Street were treated to a few incredible plays written by past Muser playwrights.


Artistic Director Kate Forbes; Producing Director Stevie Ray Dallimore and newcomer actor Ashley Saturday wowed several small audiences and passersby with readings of the plays right on the street! It was a fun day to share with businesses and arts organizations all over town.

CAPTURE Chattanooga/Kansas City
TMOFP had a booth at this year’s CAPTURE event held by AVA. A two-city-wide community filmmaking project in which anyone with a device to capture digital images could upload footage and teams of editors took the footage and cut it into short films that were composed by area musicians and shown at a final screening at The Carmike Majestic Downtown on Sunday. The event was an awesome feat. The theme was announced and a kick-off party on Friday at Tech-Town (Origins btw) and the films were completed and screened on Sunday. It was a wonderful community artistic endeavour that Muse was proud to be a part of.
Past Muser Rose Dallimore and current Muser Will Crowder helped with the event and created a successful Instagram campaign on the spot!

Will, Rose and Stevie Ray. Yoga poses at CAPTURE!

Will, Rose and Stevie Ray. Yoga poses at CAPTURE!

We offer Playmaking classes free to kids ages 10-12, but we need help keeping it that way. We offer spaces for those in need first and we have a true mix of young playwrights. Our goal is to bridge communities through theater and it starts with the kids. Contribute now to help keep the coolest theater club for kids alive and thriving. It’s some of the best theater in town and definitely the most original stories you will ever see!
Please send your check to:
The Muse of Fire Project
c/o Friends of The Library
1001 Broad Street
Chattanooga, TN

Friday December 11 7pm
Saturday December 12 3 pm and 7pm
The Chattanooga Public Library
1001 Broad Street
Chattanooga, Tn
Leave your name, how many seats (up to 4) and which performance. You will receive a confirmation by email.

Quote of the week –
“The Muse of Fire Project shows are like a mash-up of an Off-Broadway Play, Saturday Night Live and The Muppet Movie”
-Stevie Ray Dallimore –
Communications/Producing Director
The Muse of Fire Project

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Fall PLAYMAKING 2015 starts in two weeks!


Oh boy! We are excited to begin a new Playmaking session Monday, September 14! Kids from all over Chattanooga will meet Mondays to create short original plays.
Stand by for more news from The Muse!

Mark your calendars!

The hottest shows in town!
Friday, December 11 at 7pm
Saturday Decemebr 12 at 3 AND 7pm!

Registration for Spring Playmaking classes will open October 5.

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New Summer Camps!

In conjunction with MEF, we are proud to present two summer camp offerings for High Schoolers!

Shakespeare Master Class
July 6 – 10 from noon – 4PM
SMMHS Theater,  $185

NYC Master acting instructor Kate Forbes will teach a fun introduction to playing the Bard’s beloved characters. Appropriate for both new and experienced actors, we will take Shakespeare off his pedestal and discover the fun of speaking his language. Class will include warmups both vocal and physical, and unpacking the structure of Shakespeare’s verse using group and individual work on a variety of his writings, including the sonnets, with a final reading performance on the last day of class.


July 13 – 17, from 1PM – 4PM 
SMMHS Theater,  $175

The only summer playwriting workshop for teens! Have you always wanted to write a play but aren’t sure how to go about it? Come learn the craft from Kate Forbes, a working equity actor and instructor who has taught playmaking for over 5 years. Using writing exercises, improvisation and other theater games, playwrights will learn about the basic structure of drama. In addition to the basics of playwriting, you will learn a little about acting, direction and set design and how the way you write can influence them. At the end the week you will have written your own 10 minute play that will be performed on stage in a live reading by adult actors.

For more information or to register –   or call: 423-517-0772

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Welcome Spring 2015 Playwrights!

First class of Spring 2015 Playmaking.

First class of Spring 2015 Playmaking.

Here we go! The young writers from all over Chattanooga are:

Turk – Gann’s Middle Valley Elementary School

Mady – G.P.S.

Zalania – Brown Academy

Abubakar – Calvin Donaldson

Ally – Homeschool

Angel – Calvin Donaldson

Sarah – Gann’s Middle Valley Elementary School

Alphonso – Calvin Donaldson

Elijah – Silverdale Baptist Academy

Jimena – Calvin Donaldson

Hannah – Westview Elementary School

Put it on your calendar!
Spring Playmaking show dates:
April 17 @ 7pm
April 18 @ 3 and 7pm.
The Chattanooga Public Library
1001 Broad Street
Chattanooga, TN

More to come…..

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Fall 2014 Playmaking Shows next week.  Art by Avery Robinson.

Fall 2014 Playmaking Shows next week. Art by Avery Robinson.

The Muse of Fire Project Proudly Presents:

Fall 2014 Playmaking Shows: “We Put Words in Your Mouth…”

Ten original short plays by ten kids from all over Chattanooga!

Acted by real, live grown-ups!

Friday December 5 @ 7pm


Saturday December 6 @ 3 and 7 pm. 

To make reservations send an email to

Leave your name, how many seats (up to 4) and which performance. You will receive a confirmation.

$10.00 suggested donation at the door.

You are always welcome to contribute more!

Chattanooga Public Library.

Map for chattanooga public library downtown location

1001 Broad St
Chattanooga, TN
(423) 757-5310

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Playwright and Volunteer Muser of the week- Kayla Perez and Isaac Kirk!


Playwright of the week: Kayla Perez!

Writer, likes Vanilla Ice Cream, goes to Brown Academy, age 10!

Volunteer Muser of the week – Isaac Kirk!

Actor, Activator, Father, Mentor, Leader – Awesome guy!

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Welcome New Playwrights!


Welcome TMOFP 2014 Playwrights!

Itzel, Benedict, Declan, Kayla, Heather, Dayvon, Dominique, Abdulai and Mackenzie!!

We are off to a great start – IMAGINATIONS on fire!

More to come –



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