Umbrella Theater loans equipment, including equipment owned by others but managed by us, to other theater companies, generally at no cost. The equipment listed here is that most commonly requested, and is particularly well-suited for productions in unconventional spaces. If you need something not listed, contact us to see if we have what you want. If we don't, we might be able to get it from another theater company, or if it is something that we think will be used by others in the future, we may purchase it for our inventory or contribute toward its purchase. Umbrella also has a "lighting fixture rescue" program, accepting donations of fixtures which we recondition and loan to other theater companies, as well as a cost-sharing program for new fixtures.
Besides loaning equipment, Umbrella works with small theater companies supporting the technical aspects of the production. Our people have expertise in sound, lighting, and set design, and we have connections to theater companies and theater professionals throughout Utah who we can call on for advice. We can also help find people (particularly exceptional students) to design and run a production.
When Umbrella is handling the technical aspects of a production we are co-producing, we try to have the designers be students or others working with the support of our technical and artistic directors or other experienced mentors. Umbrella also works with other theater companies to lessen the risk of using a new director by providing the assistance of our artistic and technical directors, particularly as the concept of the production is being developed.
For theater companies that haven't taken the steps to become a non-profit corporation and get charitable status from the Internal Revenue Service and tax-exempt status and a charitable solicitation permit from the State of Utah, co-production with Umbrella allows you to take advantage of Umbrella's already having those in place.
If you are a theater company and Umbrella can help you in any of these ways, contact our Managing Director with information of what you would like to do.