Providing a platform for Akron's artists through Bigger Than a Breadbox, a quarterly vaudeville show of local talent that will travel to different neighborhoods.

In the early 20th century, Akron was a destination for touring vaudeville shows, which offered a variety of specialty acts for the masses at an affordable price. Wandering Aesthetics will adapt that format for the modern audience with Bigger Than a Breadbox, a quarterly vaudeville show that will travel to different Akron neighborhoods and offer high–quality performances curated from local talent.

Building on the success of Wandering Aesthetics' reoccurring Electric Pressure Cooker Cabaret, Bigger Than A Breadbox events will be vibrant evenings that celebrate artistic excellence, uniting audiences through affordable access to a revolving lineup of high quality performers.

Bigger Than A Breadbox will bring together neighborhood favorites with talent from other areas of the city, reflecting a diverse array of experiences and artistic fields. Each production will be seasoned with unique neighborhood flavor, steeped in local history and complimented by a community-focused pop-up art gallery. Vendors will also be allotted space. Acts will receive a stipend. One quarter each year will specifically focus on artists from the city’s refugee and immigrant community, showcasing the variety of cultures within Akron.

Leading up to every Bigger Than A Breadbox, Wandering Aesthetics will host meet-ups within each area to identify talent and create excitement within featured neighborhoods.

#AkronBreadbox Events

Bigger Than A Breadbox: The News/Speak Edition
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Wandering Aesthetics’
Electric Pressure Cooker Presents…
“Bigger Than a Breadbox: The News/Speak Edition”
A Knight Arts Project

EXTRA! EXTRA! Spread the news!!!

Join Wandering Aesthetics at Summit Artspace in Downtown Akron for another powerful "edition" of Bigger Than a Breadbox, Akron’s rousing variety show.

Building on the success of Wandering Aesthetics’ reoccurring Electric Pressure Cooker Cabaret (#EPCooker), Bigger Than a Breadbox is a vaudeville-style variety show that harkens back to one of the earliest forms of entertainment available to Akronites.


March 16, 2019
Doors/Bar/Vendors: 6:00 pm
Performance: 7:00 pm


Summit Artspace
140 E. Market St.
Akron, OH 44308


$20.00 per ticket (1)
$30 per pair of tickets (2)
Tickets are available at or at the door. For pay-what-you-can tickets or more information, please call 330.612.3090 or email

ABOUT "The NewsSpeak Edition"

Akron is Peace
Akron is Freedom
Akron is Strength

On March 16th, the Akritical Report goes live!

“NewsSpeak”, the fourth #AkronBreadbox production, features a diverse array of local artistic talent as they "report on" some of Akron's biggest news stories. Or all of this could be... “FAKE NEWS”.

This live vaudeville performance explores Akron’s deep journalism roots and celebrates some of Northeast Ohio's most talented artists.

Featuring dance, theatre, music, sketch comedy, poetry, art (and a few surprises), this variety show has something for everyone!

Come early to grab a drink and visit a fine selection of local art and craft vendors!


News Anchor: Manny Newsman (Tyson Sebree)

Featured Interviews: Author AKA Rowdy, (Nici Romo), AFAA Leader Akraham Washington (Kyle Jozsa) & Avant Garde League Artist Akropolis H. Dada (Matt Dodds)

National News: Students from The Dike School of the Arts (Theatre directed by India Nicole Burton, Azizah Muhammad Goodson, Samone Cummings, Brian Currie, and Ste-Vee Lang)

Entertainment: Zach Freidhof (Music)

Sports: Steve Brightman & Theresa Göttl Brightman (Poetry)

Weather: The Weather Girls featuring Queer Abby, Poppy Poison-Burlesque and Cherrie Sorbet (Burlesque)

Fashion & Style: North Hill Multicultural Fashion Show


Jenuine Cuisines, Home Cooked Meals

Teal Rose Boutique, Handmade Items

CJ's Shimmering Sensations VIP, Jewelry

Creations by Dick and Jane, Jewelry & Watches

Tupperware by Nicole Thompson, Tupperware

Alcohol Booth, Beer & Cider

ABOUT #AkronBreadbox

Bigger Than a Breadbox is a dynamic quarterly event that celebrates artistic excellence and unites audiences through affordable access to a revolving lineup of high quality performers. Breadbox tours Akron, creating performances that are comprised of acts selected from the #EPCooker and the neighborhood where each production is held. Acts reflect a diverse array of talent and all performers are paid. Shows include 8 – 10 acts that range from 10 – 20 minutes.

“Wandering Aesthetics’ Electric Pressure Cooker Presents…Bigger Than a Breadbox” was made possible, in part, by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, as part of its Knight Arts Challenge.

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It is the mission of Wandering Aesthetics to transform our community by strengthening human connection, empathy, and intellectual discourse through storytelling, live performance, classes, and other high-quality cultural encounters.

Dreamt into being on the mountains of Appalachia, where founders Benjamin Rexroad and Kyle Jozsa completed a thru-hike of the 2,185.9-mile Appalachian Trail, Wandering Aesthetics rose (like an overused cliché) from the ashes of Heads Up Productions. The organization is an Akron, Ohio-based storytelling theatre company bent on exploring our American roots and identity through the lens of narrative. We build community through person-to-person contact, connecting disparate peoples through events and performance, investigating the human link in our diverse cultural heritage. For more, visit


The Knight Arts Challenge funds the best ideas for engaging and enriching Akron through the arts.

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About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. We believe that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit

This Bigger Than a Breadbox has been made possible through grants and support from:

Akron Community Foundation
The Akron/Summit Convention and Visitors Bureau
GAR Foundation
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Junior Leadership Akron
Ohio Arts Council
Summit Artspace


Help Us #RaiseTheDough For #AkronBreadbox

Bigger Than A Breadbox – one of Akron's #KnightArts Challenge Grant recipients – required matching funds. Wandering Aesthetics successfully raised $75,000 over two years in order to receive the funds!

That being said, Akron Breadbox is still looking for grants so Wandering Aesthetics can focus on elevating its artistic quality, growing the company and creating the most impactful programming possible.

While we busy ourselves with producing these dynamic events, please consider helping us #RaiseTheDough for #AkronBreadbox by making a donation today, (every penny counts).

(All checks towards Bigger Than A Breadbox must be made out to Summit Artspace, our fiscal agent for the project.)


Akron Breadbox Donors:

  • Open Mic Level ($1 - $100): Amazing Suspense Productions • Bette Lou Higgins • Blaine Klein • Brian Reitz • Danielle Hupp • Frank & Kendra Jozsa • Greta Lagodmos • Jessica Montgomery • John Werner • Karen Guc • Katie Carver • LeRoy Green • Lisa Weiser • Molly Hartong • Paul & Sandy Parks • Samantha Dunn • Tracey Thomas • Wendy Duke

  • Cabaret Level ($101 - $250): Brenda Whitmore • Brian Tritchler • Ellen Botnick • Global Ties Akron • Jeff Hamilton • The Laakso Family • Marjorie Carrino • Mark & Sandy Auburn • Nancy Brennan • Oddmall • Theresa & Walt Minick

  • Full Fledged Performance Level ($251 +): Angela Miller • The Big Love Network • Ben & Brenda Rexroad • Connie Williams • The #EPCooker Community • The #EPCooker Team • Jennifer Calhoun • Mark & Sandy Auburn • Rachel Grof-Rice • Yoly Miller


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