February 24, 2003
|Actors' Equity Foundation Announces 2002 Foundation Grants $60,000 Awarded to 55 Theatres in All Regions|
The Actors' Equity Foundation has announced its 2002 Foundation Grants to not-for-profit theatres across the country. This year, over $60,000 will be awarded to 55 Equity theatres - 29 in the Eastern Region, 14 in the Central Region, and 12 in the Western Region, based on the number of Equity members resident in these respective regions.
The announcement was made by Foundation President, Carl Harms and Equity Executive Director, Alan Eisenberg. "We are very proud to maintain the total level of funding to these deserving institutions this year, despite the overall economic climate." The grant recipients are listed at the end of this article.
The theatres have a wide range of financial and artistic profiles, and operate under a number of different Equity contracts, including LORT (League of Resident Theatres), Stock, Small Professional Theatre (SPT) , Off Broadway, HAT (Hollywood Area Theatre, CAT (Chicago Area Theatre), Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA), and Letters of Agreement (LOA's).
"Overall, the thrust of these grants is to recognize and assist these theatres' efforts to provide employment for Equity Actors and Stage Managers," said Eisenberg and Harms.
The Actors' Equity Foundation was created by Equity's Council in 1962, following the death of Paul Dullzell, AEA's second Executive Secretary. Dullzell bequeathed monies to the Association to be used for actors' welfare. These funds are currently overseen by a Board of Directors headed by Carl Harms, President. Other Board members include: Equity President Patrick Quinn, Equity Treasurer Conard Fowkes, Equity First Vice President Mark Zimmerman, Equity Eastern Regional Vice President, Arne Gundersen, Councillors Doug Carfrae, Tom Joyce and Judy Rice, Equity Executive Director Alan Eisenberg, and Equity Regional Directors John Holly, Kathryn V. Lamkey and Carol Waaser.
The Foundation also provides support to The Actors' Fund of America, Volunteer Physicians for the Arts, the Theatre Archives at the Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, the Episcopal Actors Guild and the Stephen J. Falat Holiday Basket Project.
Donations to the Actors' Equity Foundation are fully tax deductible. Checks should made payable to the Actors' Equity Foundation, at 165 West 46th Street. For further information, contact Joseph De Michele at 212-869-8530.