A Cast of Thousands… of Talented Event Enthusiasts
Connecting a festive community of performers, crafters, and practitioners of theatrical living history.
The early Renaissance Pleasure Faires, birthed in 1963, seeded a community of people devoted to creative expression. Like ripples in a pond, we continue to feel that influence today. As our talented and dedicated community has been connecting and evolving for four generations, we have made lifelong friendships; started families; launched new businesses; and inspired each other to seek new heights in theatre, education, music, dance, and hand-crafts.
This page reflects the community values of Red Barn Productions, and is offered as a resource to all those who participate, or have participated, in our long history of events and gatherings. Please use and share in good health!
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion –
Red Barn Productions DEI Plan
At Red Barn Productions, we believe in equity as a way of life. Our art and our craft has always been based in the knowledge that joyous, creative encounters between people can truly change lives for the better. As a production company, we strive to use our voice and our resources in ways that create a positive impact on our audiences, our community of artists and artisans, and the larger society of which we are a part.
Knowing this, we seek to understand and expose oppression, to address historic injustices, and to transform harmful power dynamics through respect and honest communication. We actively endeavor to dismantle systemic bias by creating artistic and leadership opportunities for members of our diverse Bay Area performing community. We recognize that this work is ongoing, and we are committed to a creative process that honors the many facets of human experience. As RBP’s DEI plan takes shape, we will publish the concrete actions we are taking here. We invite you to check back for updates.
Anti-Racism Statement from Red Barn Executive Director Kevin Patterson
Until recently, I had failed to fully grasp the ways in which the systemic racism in our culture also affected the Red Barn community. Through conversations with artists and artisans, I now understand that we are not immune to the toxins of racism and other forms of discrimination, and that it falls to me and to Red Barn’s artistic leadership to do the work necessary to create a culture that is antiracist, antisexist, and affirming to all.
As owner and manager, I take full responsibility for this and pledge to do the work necessary to improve personally and professionally. I am humbled by the bravery and dedication of the BIPOC cast members who have cared enough about the event to ask tough questions. Only when every member of every Red Barn Production is treated with equality and respect will we be able to present our art in a true spirit of community and human celebration.
We recognize that anti-racist work requires action throughout all parts of our community. The work of deepening our anti-racist education must be combined with purposeful specific changes to promote racial equity within our entire organization. That is what we offer here: an intention to gather, build, and act on a clear anti-racist agenda, now and going forward.
– Kevin Patterson, Executive Director
Arts Community COVID-19 Resources
The impact of COVID-19 on the arts, and on every individual whose life and livelihood is connected to the arts, has been profound. If you are in need, we encourage you to connect with these and related organizations who are attempting to help:
- Californians for the Arts: This site provides an excellent series of resources for both urgent action and support for those in need.
- Americans for the Arts: Same as above except on a national level.
- COVID-19 Freelance Artists Resource: A valuable and constantly updated list of key resources for Freelance artists.
- Artists Thrive: Created by a coalition of artists for other artists.
Participant Arts Resources
This evolving list provides links to sister organizations doing the work of teaching and sharing the fruits of our larger creative community.
- Lark Camp: An annual event where musicians, singers, and dancers learn traditional styles from all over the world.
- PEERS: The Period Events & Entertainments Re-Creation Society, Inc., which celebrates “…entertainment as something for people to do rather than watch.”
- Idyllwild Arts Summer Program: Online programs for artists of all ages. This is where our founders, Ron and Phyllis Patterson, taught in the 1960s!
- The Living History Centre: Research nonprofit that maintains an in-depth library and archive, offers classes and workshops on historical life and performance, and conducts informational exchanges with international history sites.
- Tributes: Celebrating community members who have passed.