SVMoA & Company of Fools To Unmerge
May 5, 2021
Sun Valley Museum of Art and Company of Fools theatre group have mutually agreed to become two independent arts organizations. After 7 years of joint programming following a merger in 2013, the theatre and the museum will once again become separate 501c3 organizations. Emerging from the pandemic with renewed energy and confirmation of the essential nature of the arts to this community, both organizations will focus on their core strengths—the theatre on producing and presenting world-class productions and the museum on its outstanding visual arts and education programs.A soon-to-be-named new theatre company has been under development since Scott Palmer’s departure as COF’s Artistic Director. Last August, a task force was formed that included a core group of local actors, members of Sun Valley Museum of Art’s board and a committed group of theatre patrons. Their job was to envision what the theatre company might look like as we emerge from the pandemic. The result of that extended conversation is a new company, formed by the next generation of COF artists, that honors the strong foundation of production laid by Company of Fools. Melodie Taylor-Mauldin has been chosen as the group’s Artistic Director and is busy putting a new structure in place while developing programs for the upcoming season.
July 15, 2021
In keeping with our previous press release on May 5th, 2021, we are proud to announce the long-awaited debut of The Liberty Theatre Company.
As previously released, the former Company of Fools theatre group and Sun Valley Museum of Art have mutually agreed to become two independent arts organizations. After 7 years of joint programming following a merger in 2013, the theatre company and museum will once again become separate 501c3 organizations, with The Liberty Theatre Company (TLTC) carrying on the legacy of Company of Fools, with new leadership, and a new mission. TLTC has been under development since Scott Palmer’s departure as Artistic Director in August of 2020.
Under the leadership of local artist Melodie Taylor-Mauldin, The Liberty Theatre Company is composed of familiar faces who collectively constitute a Board of Directors, dedicated staff, and an Artist’s Council devoted to helping guide the creative programming of each season alongside the Artistic Director. Committee-based from the start, these dedicated community members came together to secure the future of an institution that has been a home for artists and audiences for years. After many detailed meetings where every opinion was weighed, they decided to choose a name that honors their rich history and carries that legacy with them as they step forward into the future.
The Liberty Theatre Company is an assembly of storytellers that will harness the art of live performance through established plays, new works, and dynamic educational programming. The vision is to create a lasting home for innovative theatre that transports, delights, and inspires. This company values artists, bravery, community, creativity, inclusion, and education. To that end, TLTC will be teaching adult education and youth education classes starting in the fall of 2021.
Equally as exciting as the reveal of their new identity is the announcement of The Liberty Theatre Company’s highly anticipated programming for their coming season. The content for the season aims to bring joy, laughter, and connection to a community walking out of a uniquely challenging year. The first production in their inaugural season will be conceived and created by TLTC itself, and will feature company artists familiar to anyone who has ever attended a Liberty Theatre production. In keeping with the Idaho Rebounds guidelines for Covid Response, the first public show will be taking place on August 20th and 21st during the Field Daze event in Ketchum. In October, The Liberty Theatre Company will perform an original show with an Autumnal theme, followed by a holiday show in December. This first season for TLTC will then culminate with a Grand Opening Show in March 2022.
When the unmerging of Company of Fools from the Museum was first announced, the most frequently asked question was “What is going to happen to the Liberty Theatre?”. Since SVMoA has chosen to return to its roots of visual arts and education, and because the Liberty is strictly a performance-based venue, SVMoA has offered to give the building to TLTC. It is an exciting but large prospect for an emerging organization. The Company is evaluating the restoration costs to make the building fully operational for the theatre. SVMoA has agreed to give TLTC some time to determine if support and funding can be secured to restore the facility. TLTC is looking for partners in that undertaking. The artists of TLTC have a deep devotion to the building—they consider it home. Given its long history in the community, we are guessing many of you love it as they do. If you are interested in discussing the future of the Liberty, please contact them at 208-582-8388, or send your inquiry to email@example.com.
The artists of The Liberty Theatre Company would like to express their sincere gratitude for your unwavering support during this time. In a year that threatened to diminish the arts, the passion for theatre among the community of the Wood River Valley has only grown stronger. It is thanks to your love and support of live performance that the next chapter of this company is possible. The company is anxious to get back to rehearsal and the stage, where they can once again enjoy shared theatre experiences with their community.
Stay tuned for more announcements and details about the upcoming season in the coming months. Preexisting social media pages have been reconstructed to reflect current information about The Liberty Theatre Company. To stay connected and follow along as they embark on this new journey, visit their website, www.libertytheatrecompany.org, connect on Facebook (The Liberty Theatre Company), or call 208-582-8388.
Thank you for supporting arts in your community!
Past Company of Fools Theatre Productions