The Black Mirror Theatre was founded in 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri by Dennis Corcoran. It’s initial purpose was to bring to St. Louis audiences dramatic literature which was seldom, if ever, seen including new work, seldom seen work of famous writers and work written in Irish, by Irish writers, or about Ireland. In addition, the intent was to create a bridge into the professional theatre world for students of STLCC’s theatre program.
Over time, our mission or purpose has changed somewhat.
- less emphasis on plays of Irish themes or origins replaced by a focus on having our theatrical efforts have a positive, direct financial impact on those less fortunate than ourselves;
- adding a desire to both teach others less experienced than ourselves and to learn from others more experienced than ourselves in the various components which make up a theatrical production (sound, lights, set/staging, acting, and so on);
- and, wanting to push ourselves farther than we’ve gone before.
Bored Members – ooops, ah, Board Members
[I so hope it’s not that bad!]
Dennis Michael Corcoran
Black Mirror has been, to date, wholly self-funded. We have, however, recently received 501(c)(3) tax status and MAY seek grants, stipends, donations and/or other financial awards to help support our efforts.
‘May’ is the operative concept. We’re still bantering among ourselves the notion of reaching into taxpayers’ pockets and/or corporate coffers to fund our passion. A few of us – well, ok, one, Dennis – has a point of view befitting his Irish/Gaelic name – Donncha Ó Corcráin, or ”Brown-haired Warrior descended from the Ruddy-Complected,” mildly stone age in tone. Others, wiser and with much justification, argue we are all taxpayers, that artists deserve to be supported, that art is a positive / needed force in society, and therefore it is both right and just that society support the arts.
More information than anyone needs or wants, true, but self-funding does, in fact, place limits on our ability to push farther and deeper into our mission. We will see what lay ahead. As a good friend and mentor often says, ”the universe provides.” While that’s clearly true, some of us – ok, Dennis again – often think of Stephen Crane’s poem …