Since 2009, Motherlodge has been mixing creative communities together under one roof and presenting Live Arts Exchanges that combine diverse performance mediums, including music, theater, visual arts, storytelling, film, and culinary arts. Each Motherlodge program centers around the organization’s mission to provide growth for and encourage cross-disciplinary collaborations with artists, venues, community organizations, and individuals.
Motherlodge Live Arts Exchanges are produced in both Louisville and New York City. Events are designed with an inclusive open door policy with the aim of better engaging artists in the communities where we present. Each spring in Louisville, KY, Motherlodge offers a one-week workshop environment called Spring Motherlodge to develop new stage work, premiering the results during a program at the week’s end that includes music, live performances, a long table discussion, and opportunities for visiting artists to meet the local community and explore it’s environs. The timing of Spring Motherlodge intentionally coincides with The Humana Festival Of New American Plays.
Every new year of Motherlodge is a fresh start creatively and on the balance sheet, shaped by the core group of performers, musicians and live arts lovers who have a taste for getting their hands dirty and creating on the fly. This laissez-faire approach helps facilitate a broad and open artistic dialogue that greatly contributes to the economic and artistic output of the Motherlodge program. Motherlodge independently raises funds to cover performance production costs, operating through a fiscal sponsorship provided by Fractured Atlas, which allows us to accept tax deductible contributions.
Motherlodge has presented performances by David Amram, Penny Arcade, Balthrop Alabama, Bonnie Prince Billy, Michael Cerveris, Conni’s Avant Garde Restaurant, Corn Mo, Jim James, LePetomane, Liberation Prophecy, The Lisps, The Louisville Leopard Percussionists, Taylor Mac, Uncle Monk, Adam Rapp, Lady Rizo, Michael Shannon, The Slow Charleston, and Una Mimnagh. Past Motherlodge collaborators include The Salvation Army, The Ernest Becker Foundation, Judson Church, and over 20 venues between including The Rudyard Kipling and Actor’s Theatre of Louisville in Louisville, Summit City in Whitesburg, KY; as well as the Barrow Street Theatre, Bushwick Starr, Cherry Lane Theatre, Joe’s Pub, City Winery, Goodbye Blue Monday, and Rattlestick Theater in New York. Plays created and/or workshopped at Motherlodge have been produced in New York City, ART, and San Francisco.
In 2017 Spring Motherlodge will present The Music of Jesus Christ Superstar in Concert in Louisville, KY, Berea, KY and Madison Indiana.