Support the Egg/Membership and Fees

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Membership and Use Fee


This winter, the Egg has had a number of cancellations of residencies, so we are instituting a new policy.  As you know, we have no outside funding, and operate on a shoestring, so we do rely on memberships, use fees, events, and the MPB performance fees, to just barely make ends meet. 


Thus, we now have a new policy of asking for a $25 non refundable deposit at the time of your approval for the residency,  which you can apply to your use fee, once you are here.  You can fill out the memberships and  forms when you arrive, and pay whatever these are once you are at the egg.   If you end up cancelling, the $25 goes to the Dragon’s Egg.


The deposit should be sent to


Mystic Paper Beasts

8 Hancox Street


Ct. 06378


and the cheque should be written to the Mystic Paper Beasts. 

Please write “deposit” in the subject line…

Thank you so much!

For Individual Artists or Dance/Theatre Companies

We ask that you (artist in residence – individual/group) – and any teacher or workshop presenter – become a member of the Mystic Paper Beasts in order that we can have this remain a community of members (required by the town).   

Membership is annual, and is good for the calendar year.  It is on a sliding scale beginning at $20 for mouse category, and on up to Dragon!  $100 or more, as you can afford.  

If you are a group, e.g. a dance company, the minimum annual membership fee is $20 for each member.   Please have each member of the company fill out the membership forms you will find at the Egg.

This fee is paid once annually, so you may return within the calendar year without paying another membership.  e.g. If you join in January, your membership will be good through December of that year.  If you join in July, your membership will be good through December of that year.  

You can leave this membership at the Egg upon your arrival in an envelop (cash or cheque) addressed to Marya, or you may mail a cheque  to   Marya Ursin, Mystic Paper Beasts, 8 Hancox, Stonington, Ct. 06378,    noting on the cheque the residency name.  The cheque should be made out to the Mystic Paper Beasts.  There are envelops in one of the drawers under the phone for this.  Thank you!

You are asked to leave, additionally, a use fee each time you come to the egg (below).

Use Fee

This fee is applied each time a group or individual comes to the Egg.  The fee covers the entire group.

For a single day and/or evening:  $25

For a weekend: $40

For 3 days – week: $70

Overnights not a part of a formal residency: @ $20

We hope that these minimal fees will be affordable to young working artists, and will make a residency a practical possibility. 


Institutions: Membership

We regard institutions (colleges, theatre training schools, etc.) and individuals directly associated with them to be a distinct category, as these institutions generally are economically more robust than are fledgling dance and theatre companies.   The Egg seeks to serve all kinds of artists, and recognizes that some may be able to pay more, some less.   

The membership/rental policy regarding institutions (such as Connecticut College, National Theatre Institute/NMTI, Brown University) is as follows: The applicant must join the MPB at an individual rate (minimum individual rate is $20 per year).

The flat use fee is not additionally applied to these institutional fees. 

Proof of insurance is required.  If no proof of insurance is available, the applicant may alternatively join the MPB as a group so that they would then be under our insurance (as described above).  This membership would be in addition to the following flat fees, and would be good for a calendar year (January – December), so a repeat visit would not occasion additional membership fees, but only the flat fee described below.  

This fee can hopefully be included in any funding/grants the artists from the various institutions might be receiving.

Single day:  $125 

Single evening:  $50

Single day and evening:  $150  

Weekend: $250