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.
We were able to share with so many of you this year:
Over 8,000 people joined us in our creative space not only for our productions of Harlequino: On to Freedom, The Refugee Project, Get Lit’s Dante and Captain Greedy’s Carnival, but also poetry slams, live music, and open forums with people like Bill Moyers, Juan Gonzalez, Sister Helen Prejean, Bassem Yousef, Jackson Browne or Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis, the directors of Whose Streets? Evenings like these help shine a light on issues that need to be addressed in our communities.
More than 3,400 people had access to theaterevery Thursday, on our “Pay What You Can” nights.
Over 2,100 people brought their families, a blanket, and an open heart and watched our Free Shakespeare in the Park for Families this summer, just like every other summer for the past 11 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.
Children deserve as many chances as they need.
Only this past year, we were able to welcome 1,875 children in elementary, middle school and continuation high schools into our free program. Most of them come from low-income communities, and face great challenges a child should never face. Thanks to people like you, we can go to each one of these schools to empower them to find their voice, encourage them to understand that their story matters and that their emotions as legitimate and important.
Life behind bars makes coming back home impossible for 5 out of 10 people.
Our Prison Project is now running in 12 California State Prisons, 3 Juvenile Probation Camps, and 2 reentry facilities.This year, 522 incarcerated men, women and children had access to tools that allowed them to express their fears, trade anger for empathy, tear down barriers in racially segregated prisons and most importantly, adjust for what’s waiting for them on the other side of the yard. In California, statistics say that 5 out of 10 people will return to prison within three years of being released. Our work, a mask, and a sacred space reduced that number to 1 out of 10 for the students in our program. Art can transform lives. Thank you for trusting in that and for supporting our work.
With your support, this year we were able to start our first pilot 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. Thank you for that in the name of each one of them.
Give art. Receive art.
Your help does way more than you can imagine. It provides effective rehabilitation and education programs, and that is how the world around us starts changing. People’s lives are a whole lot better with your support.
$990 can help cover the expense for one teaching artist to teach a 10-week program in a Continuation High School.
$437 can help provide a 10-week program for 2 formerly incarcerated people the expense for one teaching artist to teach kids a 10-week program in one Continuation High School.
$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. Can you imagine being 8 years old and detained in a juvenile jail?
$34.99 can help someone like our friend, Blue keep seeing theater every Thursday evening. Although Blue has very little money he will give whatever change is in his pocket on Pay What You Can nights.
You would be amazed by the difference your donation can make.
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A special thanks to all of our Foundation and Government Supporters!
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