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.

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 theater every 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 Prisons3 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.

Donation rewards

$25 – The Actors’ Gang Sticker and 1 ticket to our Winter Solstice Pagan Holiday Show.

$50 OR $10/MONTH – 1 single ticket to the Winter Solstice Pagan Holiday Show and 1 single ticket to The New Colossus.

$100 OR $15/MONTH – 4 single tickets to any show throughout our 2017/18 Season (reserved seating, excluding Opening and Closing Nights). 

$250 OR $30/MONTH – 4 single tickets to any show throughout our 2017/18 Season and 2 single tickets to our Axis Mundi Series (reserved seating).

$500 OR $50/MONTH – 4 single tickets to any show throughout our 2017/18 Season, 2 single tickets to an Axis Mundi evening (reserved seating) and your name, or that of someone you wish to honor or remember, will be engraved on a brick lining the entrance way to the theater.

$1,000 OR $100/MONTH – 10 single tickets to any show throughout our 2017/18 Season, 2 tickets to an Axis Mundi evening (reserved seating), your name, or that of someone you wish to honor or remember, will be engraved on a brick lining the entrance way to the theater and an invitation to The Prison Project or Education Department programs. 

$5,000 OR $500/MONTH – 10 single tickets to any show throughout our 2017/18 Season, 2 tickets to an Axis Mundi evening (reserved seating), your name, or that of someone you wish to honor or remember, will be engraved on a brick lining the entrance way to the theater and an invitation to The Prison Project or Education Department programs and one limited edition photographic print by our Artistic Director, Tim Robbins. 

Other Ways You Can Help:

  • Text to Donate

    Text “TAG” to 91999 to donate any amount with your credit/debit card!

  • 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.

  • Support us While You Shop on Amazon

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  • 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.

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