“The members of the freestanding room are an autonomous bunch. Many of them have their own companies and projects outside of this little circle. They may come together to work on a particular story or they may bring in others from their own posse. The focus remains on the stories, bringing as many great ones as possible to life, and they know that this is more easily accomplished when they free-stand together.” – Freestanding Founder Johanna Nutter
In the case of Freestanding, the magic number is 20. Members sign on for a minimum period of 3 months and are given the key to the Freestanding room. They each have 20 hours per month available to them, access to the calendar for booking time in the room, and an invitation to the monthly meetings where they share projects, generate ideas, and plan improvements to the co-op. They also share in the rent, which amounts to $70 per month per member. When members use the space for a profitable event, like a play or a screening, they give back $10 per hour to the freestanding room. Along with the earnings from other rentals within our creative community, these profits go towards covering operating costs and purchasing various essentials for the space. When members opt out, they refer to the waiting list, or propose a replacement of their own choosing.
The space has 10′ ceilings, is about 16′ wide by 31′ long (excluding the kitchenette and toilet). The room accommodates 35 seats, and as many people, when seated in-the-round. Lighting is provided by clip-lights (par 38s in flood and spot) powered by a few rotary dimmers. A basic stereo system is equipped with an 1/8″ line-in for computers and ipods.