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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 Accepted

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.

Actors' Equity Foundation Grant Recipients

Eastern Region

  • The Acting Company (NYC, NY)
  • AMAS Musical Theatre (NYC, NY)
  • Arden Theatre (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Atlantic Theatre Company (NYC, NY)
  • Capital Rep (Albany, NY)
  • Classic Stage Company (NYC, NY)
  • Geva Theatre (Rochester, NY)
  • Great Lakes Theatre Festival (Cleveland, OH)
  • Irish Repertory Theatre (NYC, NY)
  • Manhattan Class Company (NYC, NY)
  • Manhattan Theatre Club (NYC, NY)
  • New Federal Theatre (NYC, NY)
  • The New Group (NYC, NY)
  • North Carolina Shakespeare Festival (High Point, NC)
  • NY Theatre Workshop (NYC, NY)
  • Olney Theatre Center (Olney, MD)
  • The Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center (Waterford, CT)
  • Orlando Theatre Project (Sanford, FL)
  • Pan-Asian Repertory Theatre (NYC, NY)
  • The Pearl Theatre Company (NYC, NY)
  • Primary Stages (NYC, NY)
  • The Public Theatre (NYC, NY)
  • The Signature Theatre Company (NYC, NY)
  • The Tennessee Repertory Theatre (Nashville, TN)
  • Theatre for a New Audience (NYC, NY)
  • Theatreworks USA (NYC, NY)
  • The Vineyard Theatre (NYC, NY)
  • Walnut Street Theatre (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Wheelock Family Theatre (Boston, MA)

Central Region

  • Apple Tree Theatre (Chicago, IL)
  • Arkansas Repertory Theatre (Litle Rock, AR)
  • Boarshead Theatre (Lansing, MI)
  • Chicago Shakespeare Theatre (Chicago, IL)
  • Detroit Repertory Theatre (Detroit, MI)
  • Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati (Cincinnati, OH)
  • Human Race (Dayton, OH)
  • Milwaukee Chamber Theatre (Milwaukee, WI)
  • Mixed Blood (Minneapolis, MN)
  • St. Louis Black Repertory (St. Louis. MO)
  • Stages St. Louis (St. Louis, MO)
  • Theatre at the Center (munster, IN)
  • Unicorn Theatre (Kansas City, MO)
  • Writers' Theatre

Western Region

  • Actors Theatre of Phoenix (Phoenix, AZ)
  • Austin Shakespeare Festival (Austin, TX)
  • Colony Theatre Company (Burbank, CA)
  • Dallas Children's Theatre (Dallas, TX)
  • East West Players (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Empty Space Theatre (Seattle, WA)
  • Musical Theatre West (Long Beach, CA)
  • Plano Repertory Theatre (Plano, TX)
  • Rubicon Theatre Company (Ventura, CA)
  • Seattle Shakespeare Company (Seattle, WA)
  • Sierra Repertory Theatre (Sonora, CA)
  • Will & Co. (Los Angeles, CA)

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