Join Our Team!
Looking for experienced Operations Director for upcoming Third annual SaraSolo Festival held January 27-February 4, 2017 in Sarasota FL
Oversee and coordinate all physical logistics and systems including:
Contact Ann Morrison, Festival Artistic Director,
Jan Docking Named New Board President of Gotta Van Productions
Gotta Van Productions is pleased to announce that Jan Docking, of Sarasota, has assumed the role of
President of the Board of Directors effective immediately.
In addition to a stellar career in finance and human resources, most recently with the City of Sarasota, Jan brings many years of expertise in Board Work for nonprofit organizations. As a vital member of the Board of the Directors of Key Chorale for 14 years, she contributed in a wide range of capacities including development, event planning, marketing, and community outreach.
Mrs. Docking has had a lifelong love of the arts and has been involved in local community theater productions on
stage and/or backstage in Sarasota, Bradenton, Venice and Anna Maria Island.
The Giving Challenge
Our first year was a success!
Thanks to our generous donors through the Giving Challenge,
we were able to raise $5,916, most of which will be tripled when matched by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County
and the supporting partners!
These dollars will help us tremendously as we look forward to the 2017 SaraSolo Festival in January!
Who We Are
Founded two years ago, Gotta Van Productions produces affordable theatre presented in traditional and non-traditional spaces, such as Home Resource and The Starlite Room, that supports diversity, collaboration, and the transformative power of intimate theatre for both artists and audiences. Gotta Van is the presenter of the SaraSolo Festival, celebrating the solo performer.
The 2016 SaraSolo Festival
The 2015 SaraSolo Festival
Performances at Home Resource, Sarasota
The Starlite Room, Sarasota
and United Solo Festival, NYC
Celebrating the solo performer
Presented by Gotta Van Productions
at the Crocker Memorial Church, Pioneer Park
Last year we hosted 24 performers in 16 presentations
Our performers included local luminaries Carolyn Michel, Christine Alexander, Lynne Bernfield, Alan Brasington, and Jenny Aldrich. Our audiences were introduced to new friends Becca McCoy, Wayne Hosford, Zach Dorn, Stevie Coyle, Vanessa Webb, Clara Francesca and Kaylene McCaw.
Our first festival brought performers mostly from Sarasota and Tampa Bay. Three performers represented award winners from The United Solo Festival in New York including Internationally known mime and actor Bill Bowers.
Best New Festival
This new festival, the brainchild of Sarasota actress Ann Morrison and former Sarasotan Blake Walton, started small, celebrating the art of the one-person show with about 15 different acts at the Crocker Memorial Church. You were bound to find something you liked. Stay tuned for news of next year’s event
2015 Handy Awards
SaraSolo Festival co-founders Blake Walton, left, and Ann Morrison, right, with mime Bill Bowers before his performance of "It Goes Without Saying" at the first festival, which is recognized in the 2015 Handy Awards as a New Arrival. Staff photo/Jay Handelman
I thought my appetite for one-person shows would be more limited than it turned out to be during the inaugural SaraSolo Festival, two weekends of solo performances that were either musical, historical or fictional. I saw more than half the offerings and it was entertaining to experience such a variety, even when the results weren’t always polished. Founders Ann Morrison, Blake Walton and David Coyle will be back with another two-weekend festival, this time starting in late January.
We would like you to be informed, become involved
and be a part of our performances and events.
Some of our 2016 performers
First Weekend Gems