The Pilot on Navigation (formerly Frenetic Theater...
UPDATE SUMMER 2016: Following the departure of FrenetiCore’s Founding Artistic Director Rebecca French, the organization’s Executive Director and Board of Directors have decided to continue operations at its home facility of eight years at 5102 Navigation Boulevard. FrenetiCore’s mission remains to transform and empower communities through innovative dance, theater, and visual art, but with a more targeted focus.
“FrenetiCore is located in one of Houston’s most vibrant cultural hubs,” says Executive Director Adam Castaneda. “So moving forward our direction is going to have a stronger emphasis on community-building, art-making, peer-to-peer support, and making alliances within the East End Cultural District.”
To indicate this new direction, the Board of Directors has voted unanimously to rename the space at 5102 Navigation Boulevard the Pilot on Navigation. The Pilot on Navigation is a performing arts facility that includes a 120-seat black box theater, an 80-foot exhibition hall, dance studio, and outdoor pavilion.
Operations at the Pilot on Navigation will be overseen by Mr. Castaneda, as well as Venue Manager Melalani Peterson, Facilities Associate Patricia Clifford, and Company Manager Tory Pierce. FrenetiCore’s programming will remain intact, including two annual productions by FrenetiCore Dance, and the annual Houston Fringe Festival, a five-day celebration of independent and original performing arts.
The Frenetic Theater Artist Board and Frenetic Theater Artist-in-Residence Program have been renamed the Pilot Theater Artist Board and Pilot Theater Artist-in-Residence Program, respectively. Executive Director Adam Castaneda will curate each of the organization’s programs, as well as create and produce full-length dance works under the FrenetiCore Dance banner.
By the end of August, the organization hopes to make the following improvements to the Pilot on Navigation: repainting the lobby, repainting the bathroom and installing new sink fixtures, leveling the floor in the exhibit hall, installing legs to the performance area, and constructing a new backdrop for the stage.
“The staff and board of FrenetiCore want to make the Pilot on Navigation the go-to destination for independent arts and small-sized organizations who want to produce, but need to do it on a budget,” says Mr. Castaneda. “As a result, we’ve lowered our weekly buyout rate from $1,500 to $1,300. The buyout options allows clients to use the space for seven consecutive days with 24/7 access to the theater, which allows for unlimited rehearsal and performance time during that period.”
“FrenetiCore is looking to artists and organizations to really build a community in this space. It’s a blank slate where artists with the right vision and talent can create some really great experiences. I’m looking forward to developing FrenetiCore’s fall programming, which is already quite full and promises to give the East End and Greater Houston community the best in locally-driven work.”