Monday, March 19, 2012

A HUGE announcement

We have some historic and exciting news to share with you about our beloved company!

Watch the video below to view a special message from Artistic Director, Amy Miller, and learn about how you can be a part of this profound and special moment in the history of our company.

Please join us in building our 2012 Inaugural Season!

Please join us in building our 2012 Inaugural Season!

 Visit to donate to our campaign and spread the word far and wide!  


Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Big News for Transcendence Theatre Company

Dear friends of The Transcendence Theatre Company,

After two and a half years of diligent work, including a four month residency in Mexico and a two-month research tour across the United States, our company is proud to announce that we are in the process of securing a contract with California State Parks to produce Broadway musicals, concerts, and community outreach programs in Jack London State Historic Park in Sonoma, California beginning in the summer of 2012.

Jack London State Park is one of 70 California state parks set to permanently close by July 2012 due to state budget cuts.

On October 1, 2011, Transcendence Theatre Company will produce a "Broadway Under The Stars" Concert to benefit Jack London State Park.

To learn more about the concert please visit:

You may also be interested in reading this news release regarding our effort to prevent this beautiful historic park from closure. Click Here.

We cordially invite all of you to attend "Broadway Under The Stars" in Jack London State Park.

If you can't make it and still want to support our efforts, you can make a tax-deductible donation to our non-profit theatre company at

Thank you for your continuous support as we work towards bringing our vision to life!

This is going to be an exciting year!


Amy Miller

Artistic Director
Transcendence Theatre Company

Monday, February 28, 2011

Transcendence Theatre Update

Happy 2011 to all of our friends and supporters of The Transcendence Theatre Company!

We are so grateful to each and everyone of you for your generosity, support, and enthusiasm towards our mission. The past two projects that we have completed over the past two years have brought us to this next momentous step in the evolution of our company.

Plans are currently underway as we solidify the town in which to build our company. We will keep you posted every step of the way. 2011 will prove to be a remarkable year and we can't wait to share the journey with you.

Thanks for being a part of the evolution of our company. We are enjoying every step along the way.

NOW and the future are so bright.

All the best always,

Amy Miller
Artistic Director
Transcendence Theatre Company

Monday, May 10, 2010


Day 69 & 70: WE'RE HOME!!!!!!

May 9, 2010
Well, WE DID IT!!! After 69 days on the road we made it back home to Los Angeles, California where our adventure began on March 2, 2010.

All is gorgeous in sunny California. We spent the day unpacking. Junior is loving being back in her home, but often seems a little sad that she's not in the driver's seat like the good ole' days....

On Monday morning we drove to Cruise America and said goodbye to our "homes on wheels" that travelled us across the country as we learned invaluable lessons from some of the most prominent voices in American Theatre today. It was a bittersweet moment as Project Knowledge came to its final stop on the journey.

But now... we look forward to the future. We are so excited to be back in Los Angeles to assess all of our data and to continue to meet with more theatre leaders and arts organizations in Southern California. We are also excited to begin to create the groundwork for the next phase of our company's development. We cannot wait to share with you all that is on the horizon. Please sign up for our mailing list to stay up to date with our Transcendence Theatre news!

Thanks to EVERYONE who helped to make this project possible! We are unbelievably grateful for the support and encouragement we have received from around the world. We promise to put all of our knowledge to great use as we work towards creating a healthier future for American Theatre and the lives of artists!

Sunday, May 9, 2010


Day 68: THE HOME STRETCH (San Francisco, Santa Cruz, San Luis Obispo)

We are headed home! On March 2, 2010 we departed Los Angeles with 6 people (well, 5 because we picked up Stephan in Arizona), 2 RVs, one dog, and a big dream. And on May 8, 2010 after an invaluable 2 month cross country research tour we began the journey home with 4 people (Robert & Leah had to leave us a little early), 2 RVs, one really really really really cute dog, and an even BIGGER dream!

We drove our motor homes over the Golden Gate bridge on our way out of the town. The sight was truly breathtaking!

We had an awesome lunch stop in Santa Cruz, California to visit Amy's dear friend Elizabeth and her husband Doug. Amy & Elizabeth were performance apprentices for 2 years over 11 years ago (WOW!) at The Barn Theatre in Augusta, Michigan. We had a great time talking performing arts with this theatre couple! Besides both being performers, Elizabeth now works with Marketing & Special Events for Opera San Jose and Doug is a drama teacher at Archbishop Mitty High School.

Elizabeth and Doug also got a kick out of Amy's exciting hand gestures when she talks about the exciting future for Transcendence Theatre and all of American Theatre. Oh yes, it is time for Transcendence!!!!

After the best lunch ever we hopped into our RVs to drive to San Luis Obispo. After driving over 10,000 miles, you should have heard us scream when we saw the first signs for Los Angeles!

After a great final dinner in the adorable downtown area of San Luis Obispo, we headed to our last RV park stop for Project Knowledge.

We pulled up to Pismo Sands RV park to find out that our final stop had been voted the best RV park of the year!!!! AMAZING!!!!

We had a photo shoot to capture the memories of our homes for the past 2 months. Here's some behind the scene photos of Project Knowledge. Randi's going to miss her "table by day and bed by night"! Stephan, Brad, and Amy will always have fond memories of sleeping in their cab-overs! And Junior is going to miss the RVs most of all. She loved sitting in the front seat and keeping watch out the window at all our campgrounds across America. What an adventure!

Brad made a our final fire and we took a moment under the stars to share our favorite memories and all that we are thankful for in our lives and on this journey! It was the perfect ending to a perfect project. We settled in for our last night of slumber in our Rvs because tomorrow morning it is... LA or BUST!

Friday, May 7, 2010


Day 67: Our FINAL Project Knowledge Interview on the road!!!! Arlene Goldbard... San Francisco, California

It is crazy to even be typing this, but today was our 42nd and FINAL meeting for Project Knowledge. Although we will be scheduling various meetings in the Los Angeles area upon our return, today marked our last discussion on the road. And wow... it was a memorable one.

We met up with Arlene Goldbard at her home in Richmond, California right outside of San Francisco. "A provocative independent voice for our times, Arlene Goldbard is a writer, social activist, and consultant who works for justice, compassion and honor in every sphere, from the interpersonal to the transnational.

Arlene’s essays have appeared in such journals as Art in America, The Independent, Theatre, High Performance and Tikkun. Her books include Crossroads: Reflections on the Politics of Culture; New Creative Community: The Art of Cultural Development; and Community, Culture and Globalization. Arlene has helped dozens of organizations to make plans and solve problems.

Amy first was blown away by Arlene's work after reading her keynote talk “Reframing the Role of the Arts in California” at The California Arts Advocates’ Visioning Retreat in January 2010. The entire speech was very moving, but this part really hit home with all of us in regards to reframing the role of arts and the funding that supports the arts in America.

"But the big frame we need now is this: that art is the secret of survival, that if our resilience,
creativity and future sustainability are riding on the stories that shape us, we had better invest in
our collective capacity to create and share stories."

It was an honor to have a chance to sit down and speak with Arlene. We learned so much from her unique insights and incredible wisdom. We enjoyed discussing the need to "reframe" the context in which we speak about art and the role it plays within the cultural development of a community. We were very intrigued and passionate about her mission to create a new WPA in America. You can learn more about the WPA by reading one of Arlene's most recent blog entries. However, here is a bit of information regarding this exciting period in the history of the arts in America.

"Seventy-five years ago, Congress passed legislation for the Works Progress Administration (WPA), a federally funded jobs program that helped bring about the type of national recovery the USA needs today. The largest WPA program was "Federal One," which employed artists to paint murals, make theater, document history, teach music, and much, much more. The first programs for artists began as part of general job creation, in response to skyrocketing unemployment in the Great Depression." The Federal Theatre Project, led by the legendary Hallie Flanagan, was part of FDR's WPA program.

Arlene feels that the time is upon us for a new WPA and she is working persistently, passionately, and patiently towards the achievement of this goal. We commend her for this incredible pursuit and we know that just like Hallie she will pave the way for great advancements in the cultural development of American society.

We thoroughly enjoyed discussing cultural policy & sustainability with Arlene as well as the unlimited possibilities that exist for the arts to advance the cultural development of communities during these changing times. We are very excited to read her book New Creative Community: The Art of Cultural Development upon our return to Los Angeles. Hopefully in the future we will be able to collaborate with this wise and forward-thinking mind. Our meeting with Arlene was the perfect way to end Project Knowledge! And she was ready to take her thinker pose photo!!!!! Thanks Arlene for an inspiring, intriguing, and delightful conversation. We are excited to see the evolution of all of your new ideas! What an exciting time it is to be a leader in the arts world during this critical and important period of history. The future is SO bright!

I think that the legendary Group Theatre of the 1930's would be proud of all of the "thinking" that has been going on across America as we traveled from one great theatre mind to another. This journey has undoubtedly changed all of our lives. The education we have received has been unique and invaluable. We look forward to assessing the information we've gathered and then create plans for a very exciting, theatrical, and healthy future for Transcendence Theatre! Tomorrow we will be driving half way to Los Angeles. We cannot believe we will be home in 2 days!


Day 66: Travel Day down the coast of California & Happy Birthday Stephan!

It was an awesome day to travel down the coast to get closer to our meeting in San Francisco with Arlene Goldbard! May 6th was also Stephan's birthday! Our rides have been gorgeous as we drive through the majestic redwoods and we were completely in awe of the scenery in Napa Valley & Sonoma. We had lunch in the adorable town of Healdsberg, picked up groceries at a co-op in Santa Rosa, and cooked an awesome birthday dinner at our campground outside of Napa. We were able to sit around the campfire and celebrate Stephan's birthday and the success of our project as we head into home stretch! Our RVs will be arriving back in Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon! Thank you to EVERYONE who has supported our mission and project. Without your support, our project would never have been possible. We look forward to putting all of our new knowledge to great use as we continue to build our company and develop our holistic technique. The future is so bright!!!! Tomorrow we are off to San Francisco for our final meeting on the road! Arlene Goldbard or bust!