I just finished my undergraduate in theater, and would like to start putting on my own plays. My only problem is plays cost money and I don’t really have any.
I know that there are people out there who put on plays, found theater companies etc, but no one ever told me how to go about doing that for myself. I was shown how to create the play, and how to get a job working for someone else, but never did anyone ever say “hey, if you want to get some money to make a play yourself, this is what you have to do.”
I have been toying with the idea of founding a not for profit theater group, because then I could apply for government grants etc, but I am not sure if that is really the best way to go about doing this. Does anyone know what my other options are, or at least how to find out? Also if anyone does have experience with not for profit groups (art groups are better, but any not for profit will be a start) and has advice in that arena they would like to share, please do.
I realize that to make a living I will probably have to work for someone else, but in the meantime I just want to make theatre. But now that I no longer have the support of my university (and I never realized that I had so much support until it was gone) I don’t really know where to start.