A Stage Reborn is a nonprofit with a mission to utilize video games to make visual and performing arts experiences more accessible. We create and perform original and existing theatrical productions, teach creative concepts through workshops and shows, and provide opportunities for artists to hone their skills through a new medium - a stage reborn. As stated in our Articles of Incorporation, we are organized exclusively for charitable, literary and educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.
In October 2015, a group of MMO players got together and decided there was more to a game than time spent. With backgrounds in visual & performing arts, they sought to use video games as a way to get more people involved in creative endeavors. They began hosting costume contests and variety show competitions to introduce players to acting from within a video game rather than a physical theater. They called themselves Promyvion Stage, named after their in-game free company (guild), Promyvion. They believed the stage artists create on could be seen anew - an actor's home, reborn. Just before the turn of the new year, they re-branded themselves as A Stage Reborn!
After running creative contests from inside Final Fantasy XIV for over a year, the group established enough of a reputation and following to perform its first major professional in-game theatrical production: "I Want to Be Your Canary" based off of Final Fantasy IX. This involved a very realistic massive virtual theatrical production set, professional staff and more. It was the team's way of encouraging players to try out the theatre in a new way. The trailer for the show and performance itself was seen by thousands. The performance immersion was what you would expect in the real world -- except it was accessible through the comfort of your own home.
By 2017, A Stage Reborn had received recognition from Kotaku, PC Gamer, MMO Examiner as well as other popular media outlets from the local gaming community like State of the Realm and Nova Crystallis. Shortly after the close of its summer production (The Worker by Walter Wykes) the organization formally incorporated as a Washington state nonprofit corporation.
We envision a future in which all visual and performing arts endeavors by content creators in the video game industry are recognized as legitimate visual and performing arts creative activity. We are proactive and innovative in creating and connecting our work to real-world visual and performing arts through parallels to make the arts more accessible. We promote our economy, values and creative expression by offering opportunity and nurturing our fans, our work, our scholarly pursuits, our history and our identity while providing the broadest possible access to our programs and activities for all our fans.
During our first two years, A Stage Reborn has laid the groundwork for a vibrant and creative organization by: