HOUSTON: Mildred’s Umbrella Theater Company has announced that the organization will leave its longtime home in Spring Street Studios at the conclusion of its 2017-18 season in March. The company will relocate to the neighborhood of Montrose, where they’ll take up residence in the Classical Theatre Company’s Chelsea Market performance space.
Since 2001, the company’s two-person volunteer staff has mounted four productions each year. With the move, the company will cut back to presenting just two mainstage shows each season in addition to its annual short play festival, with the aim of better supporting the artists involved.
“Achieving a shared space as a home base was a huge accomplishment for an organization with our budget size,” said artistic director Jennifer Decker in a statement. “However, it has required too much of our funding spent on overhead. After Hurricane Harvey stunted our fundraiser this August, we took a hard look at our situation and decided we would rather be able to continue to bring you the high quality of productions we are known for producing and also continue to pay our artists, rather than spending the majority of our budget on the ongoing rent and maintenance of a space. We will continue to support the work of women in theatre through our productions in the new location, as well as expanding our reach to include some non-traditional performances that encourage women’s voices to be heard in all areas of performance art.”