to make nomadic, organic, fantastic live theatrics
Why a campfire?
A source of warmth, a gathering place, a forge for change, a light in the dark — a campfire is the natural symbol of theatre’s potential.
Why a quorum?
Theatre is only possible with the active presence and participation of its enactors and beholders — its waiting embers and breath of air that ignite upon meeting. This quorum must be met for a story to come alive.
Our Cardinal Points:
Instead of taking up residence in a traditional venue or even a single town, Campfire Quorum finds a new location for every mounted show. The history and atmosphere of each site informs its production, thus augmenting deeper layers of story while bringing attention to the location’s geographic and cultural significance. Whether indoors or out, in a quiet wood or on a bustling street, the environments of all our chosen “campsites” provide an immersive experience. It’s a dynamic synthesis of place and play.
In an attempt to divert from the wasteful patterns of the modern theatre industry, Campfire Quorum conceptualizes productions through a minimalist lens, embracing the challenge of imaginatively realizing each play’s world. We make full use of the existing scenery and natural lighting in our environmental settings, and seek out green options when energy or resources are needed. Of the firm belief that high production quality is not mutually exclusive of sustainable practices, we are regularly exploring more ways to advance eco-conscious producing. It’s “leave no trace” theatre.
If there’s a throughline to Campfire Quorum's work, it is the mystical, the whimsical, the mythical. It is reflected not only in our programming, but also in how we realize texts, both metaphoric and mundane, in production. Fantasy illustrates the abstract; makes tangible our steepest dreams and deepest shadows. It allows us to confront the big ideas more simply and clearly. CQ harnesses its playful possibilities when fused with those of theatre. We stoke magic to life.
We believe that the best theatre wields its unique power to portray true stories in imagined settings. That the point isn’t to replicate a kitchen or drawing room or castle, but to tell a story so well you’d think you were in one. By removing the extraneous, Campfire Quorum invites you to see the poetry of life. This medium of make-believe plays well with our three other cardinal points, encompassing the artistic challenges they put forth. We make theatre that’s good at being theatre.
in the news...
Interview of CQ founder Megan Nussle with Jeannette de Beauvoir on WOMR's Arts Week
“MN: ...and it’s fun that the topic of the play, of women putting on a show for themselves in the woods, is also what happened in the process of putting on the play. It’s weird, we sort of have tied in—
JB: You’ve got this synergy.
MN: Yeah, that’s exactly what’s happening, and it’s really been enriching for all of us.”
The Witch listing in The Provincetown Banner
"A new version of the 1616 play is the premiere theatrical production for Campfire Quorum, a new female-led nonprofit theatre company on the Outer Cape Cod that is a “think-ubator” project of the Provincetown Community Compact."
The Witch feature by Cam Blair in The Provincetown Independent
"In director Megan Nussle’s reimagining, a group of women just disembarked from the Mayflower.... While the men are busy at work in the new world, the women decide to do a different kind of world-building — not the Western colonizer type."
Campfire Quorum feature by Steve Desroches in Provincetown Magazine
"This spring Nussle turned the potential energy into kinetic energy when she formed Campfire Quorum, whose name is a nod to the idea of humans since prehistory sitting around a fire telling stories..."
The Witch listing in Cape Cod Times
"The new Campfire Quorum group's first show is a new version of the 1616 play 'The Witch' by Thomas Middleton, reimagined as a play that the women of the Mayflower perform after they sneak away from the men under the guise of doing laundry."
The Witch review by Bess Rowen in Medium
"The entire ensemble had a wonderful connection and their willingness to jump into the playful nature of gallivanting in the woods was contagious.... And yet it did not rest on the laurels of a perfect setting, instead pushing beyond to a concept that highlighted the censorship — particularly the censorship of women — that still haunts us to this day."
Campfire Quorum article by Susan Blood in The Provincetown Banner
"Campfire Quorum strives for a minimalist approach to theater that feeds creativity and imagination, breathing life into the way an audience experiences a performance."
TRAILBLAZER listing in The Provincetown Independent
"Campfire Quorum, a new nonprofit theater company...launches its first season with “Trailblazer,” a theatrical walking tour of Herring Cove Beach in Provincetown."