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About Us

Formed in 2017, Y-Not Theatre promotes, produces, develops and presents new American plays by playwrights of all skill levels. The core program of Y-Not Theatre is the Gainesville Playreaders, a monthly community gathering of people that come together to read new published, produced plays.

About Us

Formed in 2017, Y-Not Theatre promotes, produces, develops and presents new American plays by playwrights of all skill levels.

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Partners

These are businesses and organizations that have helped Y-Not Theatre become what it is today. They have done this by providing…

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Production And Project History

Only We Who Guard the Mystery Shall Be Unhappy by Tony Kushner at Gainesville Underground Theatre Festival.

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OUR MISSION

  • We connect North Central Florida communities to today’s American playwrights and to each other. We do this by promoting, developing, presenting and producing new American plays.

  • Y-Not Theatre organizes the Gainesville Playreaders, a monthly community-based play sharing event. The Gainesville Playreaders travels to different sites each month, sharing the works of today’s professionally, produced playwrights with people who might not have been exposed to these writers before.

  • Y-Not Theatre also hosts community connectivity workshops with local nonprofits such as Epilepsy Foundation of Florida, SWAG, The Florida Players, The Greater Gainesville Chamber of Commerce, The Homeschool Resource Center, and Welcome Gainesville”

  • Y-Not Theatre believes that the works of today’s American playwrights help us communicate our experiences to each other.

NEWS & EVENTS

We organize a variety of events to help people learn about and get involved with ACT. From talks to charity drives to community service, this is where you can find out what’s going on, and sign up!

Please join us in welcoming J.D Collins as our new Associate Artistic Director.

J.D. will help guide the organization’s artistic programming, help shape the new Y-Not Theatre ensemble, and develop new Musical Theatre initiatives.

Jason David Collins, a resident of Gainesville, Florida, has over thirty years of experience in the entertainment industry. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force (1989-1993). Jason is a 2012 graduate of Wright State University (with a BFA in Musical Theatre) and a 2017 graduate of the University of Florida, where he received an MFA in Acting. During his fellowship at the University of Florida, in 2015, Jason was awarded the Hubbell Scholarship for leadership and academic excellence. He also received the Florida Theatrical Association Scholarship in 2016. Jason’s experience in production management was cultivated in graduate school, and during his internship with the Hippodrome Theatre in Gainesville, Florida, where he managed and scheduled performances for the Workcenter of Jerzy Growtowski and Thomas Richards residency in 2016. Jason has worked as a performer across the country, including New York and Chicago. He has been a member of the Actor’s Equity Association since 2017.

Y-Not is committed to anti-racism, inclusion, and togetherness.

Our collaborators, family members, neighbors, and friends are impacted daily by the acts of systemic racism that we are currently being forced to face in our country. As a storytelling institution, we are committed to dedicating our resources to engage in the stories that build anti-racism, inclusion, and togetherness.We pledge to continue our mission of connecting North Central Florida to today’s American playwrights and to each other especially during these challenging times.

Here is a link to some plays, books, and articles that we would like to suggest.

Consider donating to Y-Not Theatre

With your donations we can:

Connect the work of today’s great American plays to our community

Bring more contemporary American playwrights to North Central Florida

Expand the canon of theatrical work being done in this area

Support local playwrights in the development and promotion of their stories

Help us grow Gainesville’s newest nonprofit theatre with a new perspective and a commitment to compensating artists for their work.

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