It is with great pride that I write to you with an update about Speak About It. In the three years since we began production independently of Bowdoin College, we have performed at ten different colleges: Bates College, Brown College, Colby College, Cornell University, Hamilton College, Harvard University, Haverford College, the University of Southern Maine, Williams College, and (our farthest voyage) the University of Puget Sound. We have sparked dialogue with over 10,000 college students, and college administrators have been extremely positive about the response to the presentation and the subsequent dialogue on campus. In addition, we were invited present our first-ever program for a high school audience last year. We are thrilled to be able to discuss these issues with students in all corners of the country, and we are looking forward to expanding our reach even further.
Our fourth season is shaping up to be our busiest year yet. We began the year with a January orientation presentation at Cornell, and we have already booked many shows for the fall (including four at Harvard University alone!). We continue to reach out to new schools, and hope to not only expand our network into new colleges, but also to connect with high schools who would be interested in exit programming for seniors. To accommodate the increasing demand for our show, we are in the process of hiring a second cast. In exciting news from outside of the theater, we are currently applying for non-profit status with the IRS, which will give us much more flexibility in seeking grants and other funding to allow us to bring our message to more schools.
Speak About It has also been expanding its activities beyond school settings. We worked with the global organization VDAY to organize a fundraiser to support their One Billion Rising initiative in Portland, Maine, and we are currently scheduled to be a part of the national Girls Leadership Institute summer program in July. Though we continue to focus our efforts on getting our performance into schools, using our expertise to support local organizations and events is extremely important to us and we plan on growing our presence as an active participant in the local, regional and national sexual assault prevention community.
We’re looking forward to new adventures in 2013, but for now, thanks for helping us speak about it.