an unconventional and off-beat approach
Yes, and is the foundation of improvisational performance. Rather than reject an unexpected prompt or an absurd premise, you embrace it and build on it.
Yes, and is a creative mindset. It's open and playful, collaborative and constructive.
Yes, and is the core value of Yes And Productions, guiding our approach to creating, producing, and teaching. It's an attitude we ask of our creative partners, our students, and our audiences.
Come play with us. Let's build something together.
who we are
Arizona is known as the destination for immersive art experiences.
Yes And Productions supports off-beat, creative experimenters who redefine the theatrical experience by challenging audiences to be more curious and open-minded about immersive performances.
Leanne Schmidt presented work professionally with her dance company, Leanne Schmidt and Company, in NYC for 9 years. She has received numerous commissions for comedic dance work. She holds a BFA in Dance from SUNY Brockport and an MFA in Dance from ASU. She is the Co-Founder of Yes And Productions and a public school dance educator. She co-directs and performs as part of the comedy duo, The Ladies.
Marlene Strang is an educator, choreographer, and performer based in Arizona. She is the Co-Founder of The Ladies and Yes And Productions, and an adjunct dance professor. She served as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction for Colorado Ballet and Dance Programming Associate at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. She holds a BFA in Dance and Secondary Education and an MA in Dance Education.
Board of Directors
Julie Akerly | Casey Blake | Alexis Lane | Diandra Adamczyk | Amanda Kaye
what we do
A pair of awkwardly zany moms who poke fun at mundane life through immersive style performances in unexpected places.
We produce established artists whose work reimagines the theatrical experience and redefines the relationship between performer and audience.
We offer support and mentorship to emerging artists who share our interest in exploring new modes of immersive performance.
Please join us for an evening of drive-up comedy and community with Return to Normal(ish): A Progressive Experience of Immersive Entertainment on Saturday, May 8, at 5:30pm.
Immersive artists include The Ladies, Steve Wilcox, Kevin Godfrey-Chevalier, Katie McFadzen, and Kat Bailes.
The Ladies create evening-long, immersive theatre events designed specifically for nontraditional performance spaces.
From boutique hotels to bookstores to parking lots, The Ladies offer unforgettable experiences in places you'd never expect.
what it takes
We hope you're as excited about the future of performance and the potential of Phoenix's immersive arts scene as we are.
Your donation to Yes And Productions is an investment in this city's potential to be the destination for truly unique, truly interactive arts experiences; the kind of entertainment you can't find on any streaming platform, social media feed, or YouTube channel; events that can only be described as "you had to be there."
And, since we're a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, your contribution is totally tax-deductible!
Let's build something together.