Member Spotlight

Member Spotlight: Shadowbox Live

January 11th, 2024

Member Spotlight by Shadowbox Live.

Provide us with a brief summary of your business’ services

Shadowbox Live (SBX) is an independent, artist-operated theater company in Columbus, Ohio.  We are the nation’s largest resident theater ensemble, employing over 50 full-time metaperformers and arts professionals that produce an average of 10 original productions across 200 performances annually. Our high energy troupe produces live art experiences that fuse elements of music, comedy, drama, dance, and digital content under “a rock aesthetic.” The performers serve food and drinks before every show, giving the intimate, warehouse space a cabaret vibe that sets it apart from the usual “dinner and a show” experience. With a 35-year history of producing and creating original shows that celebrate “the power of art,” Shadowbox Live is a one-of-a-kind destination

Evolutionaries 2017

Tell us about your company’s mission and values

Mission: To engage the world around us, enrich the community amongst us, and entertain those in front of us.

We use the power of original live performance art to create a unified expression of joy that is shared within our community through engaged educational programming, enhanced partnerships, and inspired civic givebacks.

What are the services you use the most (or are looking forward to using) from the Columbus Chamber?

Brand Awareness & Visibility, Consultative Resources and Business Development Support

How do you stay engaged with trends that you see in your industry?

One way Shadowbox Live stays engaged with industry trends is through our relationship with Theater Communications Group (TCG) and other mid-size regional theaters. By exchanging data about attendance, development, and marketing efforts, we can keep abreast of the latest trends and adapt its strategies accordingly. This constant exchange of information allows the company to remain relevant and competitive in the ever-evolving world of theater.

Furthermore, Shadowbox Live values the courage to fail, daring too much, and remaining unapologetically imperfect. These values foster an environment where great art is made, and making great art is what the company strives to do. By embracing these values, we continue to push boundaries and stay ahead of industry trends.

What is your company culture like?

Shadowbox Live maintains a culture of constant collaboration, We believe that many hands and hearts make the business of theater efficient, effective, and truly magical. This collaborative culture encourages innovation and creativity, allowing the company to continually produce original and engaging performances.

What does it take to be a successful employee at your company?

Leather and Lace 2021

Qualified metaperformers are individuals who lead with curiosity and seek to excel in multiple theatrical capabilities and off-stage support roles.

What makes Columbus such a great place to do business?

Columbus is a popular city for companies to launch and grow their operations. As our economy grows, it deepens our diversity. For members of the arts industry, we have an opportunity to reflect the changing face of our community by creating exciting new work.

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