EVERYTHING WE DO STARTS IN OUR MAGIC BOX

All the work that we do in prisons and public schools starts in our weekly workshops at our theater in Culver City. This is where we create our shows, out of these workshops and, in our performances, in the darkness, a group of strangers and some rogue actors create a moment of community. A story is told.

Last year, talented writers, directors, and actors in The Actors’ Gang created plays that made people laugh and cry and share a common experience. Our season of original plays, from The New Colossus to Captain Greedy’s Carnival, entertained and sparked conversations among many of the 12,000 people that graced our doors in Culver City. During the run of The New Colossus, the pins people placed on the map in our lobby told America’s story.

More than 3,400 people who wouldn’t otherwise have had access to theater, were able to see shows on our “Pay What You Can” evenings, while special performances for students from our education and juvenile detention programs provided a first-time theatrical experience for many.

Over 2,500 people introduced their children to Shakespeare‘s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ through our Free Shakespeare in the Park for Families this summer, just like every other summer for the past 12 years. 

Many talented actors were able to train, create and give back, either by teaching in schools, prisons or by being on stage, always sharing an important truth.

EVERY CHILD DESERVES A CHANCE

Many of the 2572 elementary, middle school and high school students in our programs have little or no access to the arts. Your individual donations and foundational support have helped unleash dormant potential as our students discovered their own creative voice, confidence, and the powerful stories that lay within them. This year, with your support, we were able to expand our Education Department to 6 new schools, including Castelar Elementary School where 44.7% of the students attending are English language learners. 

LIFE BEHIND BARS MAKES COMING BACK HOME IMPOSSIBLE FOR 6 OUT OF 10 PEOPLE

In 2018, our Prison Project ran rehabilitative programs on 14 yards in 12 California State prisons, 2 juvenile detention centers, and 2 reentry facilities. The 713 incarcerated women, men, and teenagers we were able to serve have been given tools to cope with the violent in-prison environment and prepare for a successful return to their communities. In California, statistics say that 6 out of 10 people will return to prison within three years of being released. With the right tools, statistics changed – the 6 out of 10 was reduced to 1 out of 10 and an 89% decrease in in-prison infractions for the students in our program. 

9 our formerly incarcerated students became teachers throughout the past 2 years. The amount of openness and inspiration a formerly incarcerated messenger brings to an in-prison class is unmatched by any of our teaching artists or other programs may never be able to. Their return to prison as teachers inspires in the incarcerated students the confidence to make the cultural shift towards effective rehabilitation.

Our alumni also teach in reentry programs and this year worked with 159 returning citizens right as they were facing one of the most challenging times of their lives – re-entering society after years of incarceration.

With your support, this year we were able to continue to work on our first program for Correctional Officers. In a world where Correctional Officers’ suicide rate is unacceptably high and there are not enough programs to address their traumas, you made it possible for us to make this first step. 

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Your gift can help rewrite someone’s life story

$990 can help cover the expense for one teaching artist to teach a 10-week program in a Continuation High School

$600 will help cover the expense for one formerly incarcerated alumnus to teach two-day intensive in one of the 12 California State prisons we work in  

$437 can help provide a 10-week program for 2 returning citizens in a reentry facility  

$125 can take an incarcerated child from ages 8 to 18 out of camp for one day to experience theater for the first time in their life

You would be amazed by the difference your donation can make.

Other Ways You Can Help:

  • Fundraise with Facebook

    Visit Facebook.com/fundraisers, click “Raise Money” and select The Actors’ Gang nonprofit for your fundraiser. You can also create a post and tag The Actors’ Gang. You’ll see a prompt to add a donate button after your post.

  • Matching Gifts

    Many employers offer a matching gift program that allows you to increase your giving to your favorite organization. This can double or even triple your gift to The Actors’ Gang, giving you the increased benefits and visibility that comes with your new level of giving. Inquire with your company’s human resources department to see if your gift to The Actors’ Gang qualifies for a matching gift.

Grand Benefactors

A special thanks to all of our Foundation and Government Supporters!

Our Donors

Special Thank You ($50,000+)
Vitalogy Foundation | Eddie Vedder

Champions ($5,000+)
Barbara Bosson
Big Imagination Group | Colette Brooks
Thrill Hill Foundation | Patti Scialfa and Bruce Springsteen
United Talent Agency | Rene Jones

Super Friends ($1,000+)
3 Arts | Erwin Stoff
City National Bank | Claudette Lussier
Be Hive of Healing Medical Corp. | Dr. Habib Sadeghi
Jack Black
Blythe Danner
Connor Dugard
Toni Howard
Goldman Foundation | Lynn Silbert
J.P.C. Foundation | John Cusack
Adam Mckay & Shira Piven
Bill Morgan
Michele Mulroney
Keong Sim

Best Friends ($500+)
Bob Balaban
Pamela Barish
Kristy Edmunds
Brian Helgeland
Alexandra Grant
Homaune Razavi
Richard Hoover
Mark Howell
Scott Lambert
Nancy & Thomas McFadden
Janice McPeak
Lawrence Rubinstein

Sidekicks ($250+)
CPK  Beverly Hills
Antoinette Bill
Kathleen Brennan & Thomas Waits
Collab LLC
Steven Hart
Molly LeMay
Kyle and Eva Martino
Michael Neimand
Christopher Paine
Richards Sands
Elizabeth Schmidt
Patricia Siever & Luther Henderson

Buddies ($100+)
Naj Allana
Stephanie Allen
Annemette Anderson
Jan Arenberg
Sena Baligh
Michael Baur
Nadia Benamara
Lynn Bossone
Brian Brophy
Daniel Cavanaugh Jr.
Dave & Suzanne Larky
Lisa Zeno Churgin
John Coven
Renate Crump
Ani Difranco
Cynthia Ettinger
Brian T. Finney
Katherine Foster
Sandy & Brenda Green
Ed Greenberg
Rich Hartlaub
Michael & Carolyn Hittleman

Buddies ($100+)
Barbara Honig
Jonathan Hughes
Gary Karasik
Mary Alice Kier
Mary Koetting
Deborah Lerner
Cindy Mayberry
Rick Marcus
Marcia Margolis
Roger Marheine
Sophie Martin
Victor Meschures
William T. Morgan
Arsen Ostojic
Chris Parnell
Leonard Potash
Virginia Porter
Alan Poul
William Ratner
Christy Reich
Christy Reyen
Michele Ringler
Shani Rosenzweig
Meghan Sahli Wells
Michael Schlitt
Larry Schultz
Kathleen Soldati
Chuck Stewart
Melora Sundt
Chris Talbott
Natilie Topel
Margaret Walsh
Sara Wasserstrom
Edwin Woll

Chums – ($50+)
Florence Agcawili
Evan Arnold
Fabienne Aveni
Kevin Bannerman
James Bickhart Jr.
Diane Bishop
Marvin & Patricia Demoff
Thomas Eversole
Jesse Finney
Virginia Finney
Jennifer Finton
J.D. Frankel
Fred Galluccio
Kelly Hogan
E.J. Johnston
Rebecca Kahn
Anne McCabe
Kevin Miller
Greg Reiner
Maria Salmeron
Gregory Silverman
Sharon Sindell
Swati Srivastava
Mary Tavetian
Sharon Thorndale
Marie Wiley