New York's Desipina Theatre announces cutbacks
In an email sent out late in June New York's Desipina Theatre announced that, due to economic cutbacks, they will be closing the Desipina mid-town offices (which housed their sets, props and classes).
As well, they announced that their popular Seven.11 Convenience Theatre festival, winner of numerous small theatre awards in New York, will have a seventh and final year in Spring 2009.
"This is the end of an era for Desipina, but this is not the end of Desipina itself," says the email. "We have a number of projects we are considering for future seasons, and if you believe in the importance of seeing desi /asian am. stories onstage and on film, then we urge you to get involved with Desipina at this critical time.
"Join Desipina Insider, or if you are already a member then please consider increasing your contribution level for the next fiscal year. Drop us a line - help out and get involved! Together we have no limits; together we can achieve our goals.
"We're leaving our office, but Founders Rohi Mirza Pandya and Rehana Mirza will stay committed to Desipina in the coming years. Rohi welcomes the newest Desipina Insider: her first-born, Jaanan Mirza Pandya. Rehana has accepted a two-year Theatre Communications Group Mentorship for Future Leaders with the acclaimed company New Georges, and will bring from the fellowship new ways to structure Desipina's programming. "