Since its inception in 1962, the Actors' Equity Foundation — a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization — has remained steadfast in its mission to support the professional theatre community, from emerging artists to seasoned vets, while promoting and investing in the theatre and the performing arts.

The Foundation carries out its theatrical mission by giving grants to over 150 nonprofit theatres across the nation annually and to agencies and institutions serving the arts community, including AIDS and health care programs, diversity initiatives and career transition.

Their eight awards presented each year recognize actors and other industry advocates for their indelible contributions to the industry.

The Foundation also offers workshops and seminars for the professional development of performing artists. If you'd like to propose a workshop, please complete this form and someone will be in touch.

The Actors' Equity Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors, led by President Judy Rice. It is separate from Actors’ Equity Association and receives its funding from estate bequests and individual donations. Union dues are not used to fund the Foundation.

Learn more about the Foundation at their website,