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Season Announcement Party  •  December 1, 7-10pm

Celebrate another year of inventive experiences at Maelstrom Collaborative Arts! SATURNALIA is Maelstrom Collaborative Arts’ annual celebration to announce the 2019 season, honor collaborating artists from the past year and delight in a feast of pop-up performances and interactive art throughout the night!

TICKETS are suggested $5 donation. No tickets sold ahead of time so arrive anytime and stay for as long as you like.

Doors: 7pm
Rolling Performances: 7:30
Season Announcement: 9pm
DJ and refreshments throughout the night!



YOU KNOW THE FEELING: the show starts in 10 minutes. The mics are buzzing. The projector is just displaying a blue screen. The lights (most of which came from your living room) are flickering like dying candles (and not in a good way). The costumes need stitches, the DJ needs a new cable, the dance floor is covered in tacks, and your drummer wants you to know that the bathroom is ‘closed for business’.

OR: You are the Matrix. You have a plan and you have a backup. If something breaks, you fix it. If the venue throws you curve ball, you throw it right back. Nothing phases you: You are the zen eye of a hurricane, repatching cables and solving problems because you are a cyborg warlock from the future and you ALWAYS have gaff tape.

That’s because you went through Maelstrom Collaborative Arts Tech Boot Camp; a two-day crash course in the essentials of DIY live performance production, with introductions into lighting, sound, stage craft, video, and working in ‘non-traditional’ venues. Whether you’re a dancer, musician, actor, or a multidisciplinary avantgarde noise performance art provocateur, the Tech Boot Camp will help you know what to plug in, where to plug it in, and how to turn it on.

The weekend will include:

• How lights work, how they are hung, and how to budget circuits in suboptimal settings

• Basics of speakers, audio playback, microphone routing, and avoiding distortion and feedback

• The three knots that bind the world

• Basic tool knowledge and taxonomy

• Stagecraft 101: putting things together, making them stay up, and striking them

• Front-of-House essentials and fun tips

• Working in non-traditional venues: a survival guide


The MCA Tech Boot Camp is offered on a Sliding Scale of $30-$50. We leave this determination up to each individual and encourage applicants to balance their individual needs with their ability to support the mission of MCA.



Orchard STEAM Club


Education Program  •  Spring 2018

Entering its third year, the Maelstrom STEAM Club is a creative space for girls to explore the intersection of the arts and STEM subjects. In the midst of the ongoing contemporary educational movement to put the "A(rts)" into "S(cience) T(echnology) E(ngineering) M(ath)," our club at Orchard School champions artistic and scientific work at the borders of previously defined disciplines in the same manner of our professional performances. In 2018, program lead Lauren Joy Fraley is joined by guest artists Brittany Benton, Sequoia Bostick, Annie Clark, and Marcia Custer, in partnership with the Cleveland Metropolitan School district and with generous support from the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation