The Artist Suites at Flashback Theater are studio and offices that allow artists of all types the opportunity to work in a creative and collaborative atmosphere. They house the Professional Ensemble at Flashback Theater, resident artists, and a local boutique shop.
About the Location
Located at 400 East Mount Vernon Street in downtown Somerset, the Artist Suites are on the corner of E. Mount Vernon Street and College Street.
Studios are available for artists to lease on a monthly basis and include access to shared resources of the building. Three studios are located within a suite, allowing for a community feel amongst the resident artists. Additionally, there are two private studios that allow for quieter work but still has a connection to the community of the building.
The Corner Gallery
The Corner Gallery is a public space for artists to showcase their work. This exhibit space is the ideal size for artists that want to do a smaller show around a theme, or for artists that are just beginning to build their portfolio of show-ready pieces. Gallery shows ideally coincide with the theater season, allowing for FbTC’s audiences to browse an exhibit during intermissions. Keep up with all the latest exhibits here.
About the Artists
Each of the artists are able to come and go as they please. They each use the space to work on their chosen art form and run their business.
Jade Ellis, A Bazaar Universe
In the shared sewing studio, Jade Ellis creates clothing and accessories for A Bazaar Universe, Where everything is upcycled! From the clothing sold, to the hangers and racks, and even the tent – Everything in A Bazaar Universe is recycled. Nothing is imported or manufactured from new materials. The inventory is a plethora of wearable art, handmade by Jade and Delia from recycled fabrics. Upcycled, Repurposed, Repaired, Gently Loved, and Vintage clothing and accessories for ALL shapes, sizes, and genders are also included in A Bazaar Universe’s inventory.
You will find more of A Bazaar Universe situated in our Corner Gallery as a brick-and-mortar shop for customers to peruse and try-on new styles of clothing, and find other treasures to add to your home and wardrobe!
Amber Frangos, Resident Playwright
Situated in one of the private studios, Amber uses her space in the Artist Suites to research, draft, and refine her plays. The world premiere production of her play Rosies: The Women Who Riveted the Nation was May 2018 at Flashback Theater. Currently, she is developing Mary: Her Story, set to debut in May of 2022.
Keifer Adkins, Professional Ensemble Member (Community Development)
In one section of the Artist’s Suite, Keifer is responsible for fundraising and networking with potential sponsors, as well as developing relationships with our current supporters. He also uses the space to prepare for performances and community events, as well as reading and reviewing plays. Keifer is also a Chamber Ambassador with the Somerset-Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce and member of the Young Professionals of Lake Cumberland.
Renate Dopp, Professional Ensemble Member (Stage Manager)
Currently residing in one of the studios, Renate handles all paperwork, scheduling, and financial aspects of Flashback.
Thomas Alvey, Professional Ensemble Member (Marketing)
The Artist Suite is also occupied by Thomas, the newest Professional Ensemble Member Thomas uses his suite to coordinate social media and print media for Flashback, as well as developing new and creative marketing ideas. Thomas is also an emerging media writer and uses his space to research, draft, and refine his works of plays, screenplays, and audio dramas. Currently, he is developing “Camp Anomaly”, a mystery fiction podcast and Another Time, a full-length play.