The Muse of Fire Project is a cool after-school theater club for kids from all over Chattanooga. Kids from a variety of backgrounds come together at The Downtown Public Library once a week for ten weeks to create original theater pieces. Adults then act the plays in front of a live audience. Our work is based on The 52nd Street Project in New York City and Daniel Sklar’s book, “Playmaking: Children Writing and Performing their own Plays”. TMOFP has three sessions – Fall, Spring and Summer.
We believe kids should be heard and respected for their ideas and their hard work. Kids stand a little taller when they see their plays performed by grown-ups, hear the applause and take their bows. When kids and adults come together to share stories in this way – a bridge is created for communities to connect.
The selection process is need-based and first-come, first-serve. There is no audition or writing sample required. We look for kids who want to work hard and have fun.
Artistic Director Stevie Ray Dallimore worked closely with The 52nd Street Project in NYC and decided Chattanooga would be a great place to create a similar program. Stevie Ray was awarded a “Make Work” Grant from Create Here in Chattanooga and The Muse of Fire Project began work in at the Downtown Public Library in January of 2011 and produced their first Playmaking shows that spring.
The Muse of Fire Project provides FREE playmaking classes to all children selected for the program. Our work is achieved through the generosity of The McKenzie Foundation, the Lyndhurst Foundation, Causeway and arts supporters from the Chattanooga area and beyond.
Help us keep the fire going! We accept funding from grants, corporations and individuals – please donate today!
ABOUT TEAM MUSE:
Stevie Ray Dallimore – Artistic Director
Stevie Ray is a professional actor who has appeared on Broadway, Off-Broadway, in Film and Television and in many of the finest theaters in the country. He and his family moved to Chattanooga to start The Muse of Fire Project and to be close to family and the outdoors.
Stevie Ray has two children, Rose and Nate. Both kids are “Musers,” a.k.a. playwrights with The Muse of Fire Project.
Matt Johnson – Producing Director
Matt has been has worked with Muse since the very beginning. He has acted in nearly every production since our incarnation. He has directed, taught produced and been an all-around supporter and advocator of our work. He holds a BA from UTC where he studied Theater. He currently works with Unifi-Ed.
Amy Smith – Communications/PR
Amy joined Muse 2013 as an actress. She has since been in every production and has directed and helped as a class mentor. She is now the Communications and PR point person for Muse. Amy graduated from Lee University in 2012. She is currently a music teacher at Alpine Crest elementary.
Evie Durant – Co-Playmaking Teacher and Props
Evie has been an actor, class mentor and a brilliant props maker with Muse since 2015. She has stepped up to taking over theprops department and is co-teaching our Playmaking classes.
Lizzie Chazen – Co-Playmaking Teacher and Costumes
Lizzie is an accomplished actress, director and teacher. She began working with Muse as an actress in 2015 and is now the co-Playmaking teacher and head of costumes.