about the room

the members of the freestanding room are an autonomous bunch. many of them have their own companies and projects outside of this little circle.  they may come together to work on a particular story or they may bring in others from their own posse. the focus remains on the stories, bringing as many great ones as possible to life, and they know that this is more easily accomplished when they free-stand together. 

founder, johanna nutter, explains the freestanding model:

“i based it on a long-standing poker game i used to play; we had a magic number of players who would meet every week. if someone wanted out, they had to find their own replacement. this way, the group never suffered from the pains of expansion or contraction, and the periodic infusions of new blood kept things dynamic. i thought i could apply that structure to an artistic relationship. i also wanted to foster a higher level of communication and co-production within the acting community as a whole and this model struck me as both independent and inclusive enough to make that happen.”

in the case of freestanding, the magic number is 20. members sign on for a minimum period of 3 months and are given the key to the freestanding room. they each have 20 hours per month available to them, access to the calendar for booking time in the room, and an invitation to the monthly meetings where they share projects, generate ideas, and plan improvements to the co-op. they also share in the rent, which amounts to $70 per month per member. when members use the space for a profitable event, like a play or a screening, they give back $10 per hour to the freestanding room. along with the earnings from other rentals within our creative community, these profits go towards covering operating costs and purchasing various essentials for the space. when members opt out, they refer to the waiting list, or propose a replacement of their own choosing.