Notes On Restructuring

Dear Daughters,

Katrina here! In case you weren't at the last meeting, you might have noticed some fairly big news in the notes from the meeting, and I wanted a chance to explain more fully. 

I have been studying acting most of my life, and I have doubted myself and formed back up plans and acted on back up plans for just as long. Nothing makes pursuing acting easy. However, after my time as Artistic Director with all of you, and my time as a Production Management Intern at Signature, I have learned that while I think all parts of theatre are beautiful and magical, there is really only one path for me. So I have decided to take the plunge, and pursue acting fully. 

In order for me to do that, I need to step down as your Artistic Director. I will still be a part of the company as an actor, and as I was the one who first brought Andromache to the table, I will line produce the production. I am still very passionate about that body of work and the things we can pull out of it. 

So that's all really! There's a slight re-structuring going on, with the main thing being that Melanie is now our sole director. If you have any questions or concerns about specifically the change in my role in the company, feel free to call or text at (206)850-1633. And if you have any questions or concerns about the re-structuring in another way, feel free to bring it up at the next meeting! These meetings are meant to be a place for people to air concerns, in addition to talking about the amazing work we've done thus far. 

Thanks and love to all, 
Katrina Mattson 

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Dear Daughters,

Firstly I want to share how proud I am of Katrina for following her passion. It is not an easy task and I support her one hundred percent. I also want to say a few words about the restructuring and what it will mean for DOE to have one director - 

I feel confident in our ability to change and adapt as our collective grows. DOE at its core needs to exist in fluidity, as it was born to evolve based on our participation at any present moment. With this new chapter, we will be releasing the structure of having a season, and with that will come more opportunities. We will move through events with changing roles and levels of involvement, which will allow all of us to be flexible in our participation. My hope is that this will encourage everyone to feel integral to the collective and passionate about the work. 

With that said, DOE is only as strong as its members, and I want you to know that each and every one of you are extremely important. Whether or not you can attend every meeting, are creatively involved, or administratively involved, your presence to the processes of growing and shaping our collective, and on a smaller scale, bringing our events and content to life, is always wanted and needed. 

I know that attending the meetings can be difficult, but I want to remind you that we are no longer identifying ourselves as a company, we are collective and more importantly, a community. These meetings are not only to work through details about events, or to navigate through our ever changing structure, but to establish a gathering of women. I firmly believe, and I know you all do as well, that when women come together, Magic happens. Women have been gathering under the guise of creation since the primordial societies of all of our ancestors. This is why we call ourselves Daughters. We are the Daughters of the women who in both times of peace and oppression, continue to create of themselves.

I am excited to take on the role as the sole director of DOE, as Katrina's passion is acting, mine is facilitating and creating work with women artists. Since I have more responsibilities than I did before, I will be reaching out to you for help. This is where the roster that Gabby sent out will be extremely useful. Please include your skills, artistically and otherwise, that you are willing to contribute to the collective. I will need to offer more responsibility to those interested and available at any given time!

On another note - we will be introducing another element of the collective: online content! We have a DOE blog, and I would love for you all to contribute. If you have an idea for content, let me know! I am open to everything in line with our aesthetic and mission. Lifestyle, Art, DIY, Reviews, Musings, Poetry, Music, Videos... etc. If you are interested in helping to manage and/or curate the online content, let me know! This is a great way to stay involved you are out of town, or just unable to attend a meeting.

Thank you for reading the whole email Daughters! You're the best. See you next month for our June meeting! Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns. 

Love & Warmth,
Melanie 

Melanie Thomas