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The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation Now Accepting Applications for the Fall 2017 Theatre Enrichment Grant Program

Fully focused on supporting social impact theatre, The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation today launches its second cycle of theatre grants for 2017. Sheri Biller, Foundation President, explains, “The Foundation supports socially-relevant theatre productions because we believe theatre is perfectly positioned to wrestle with the critical issues of contemporary society...

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The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation Announces Theatre Enrichment Grant Recipients

The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation’s Theatre Enrichment grant program supports theatre that grapples with the complex issues of contemporary society, and inspires audience members to engage in their communities. The program’s 2017, cycle 1 grantees will stage productions that do just that: Book-It Repertory Theatre (Seattle ,WA), I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings Broadway Center for the Performing Arts (Tacoma, WA), Thurgood Perseverance Theatre (Douglas, AK), William, Inc...

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The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation Announces Grant Opportunity to Support Social Impact Theatre in Four States

SEATTLE – The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation today launches its first cycle of theatre grants for 2017. This cycle will significantly broaden the Foundation’s impact on American theatre: any organization located in Alaska, California, Oregon, or Washington that meets the eligibility requirements can apply...

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The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation Names Mark F. Dederer as New Executive Director

SEATTLE – The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation today announced that Mark F. Dederer will join the Foundation as its new Executive Director, leading its mission to invest in bold ideas that inspire collective action in order to achieve powerful results. “I am inspired by the Foundation’s imperative to focus its efforts on equity and access and by its commitment to active philanthropy,” said Dederer...

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The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation Announces Social Impact Theatre Grantees

Five productions in Los Angeles County and Washington state are honored for their focus on social issues

SEATTLE – For the first time, the Biller Family Foundation has awarded concurrent grants to theatre organizations in both Los Angeles County and Washington state. Five productions received grants that totaled $90,000: “Bars and Measures” at The Theatre @ Boston Court, “Hooded or Being Black for Dummies” at Theatre Battery, “Man of La Mancha” at A Noise Within, “Seedfolks” at Seattle Children’s Theatre, and “Wedding Band” at Intiman Theatre...

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The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation Announces Grant Opportunity to Support Social Impact Theatre

SEATTLE – The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation today launches its first cycle of theatre grants for 2016. Initiated last year, the Foundation’s new theatre enrichment grant program provides production-specific support of innovative shows that grapple with social issues and engage new audiences, with preference given to musical theatre...

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The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation Announces New Board Director, Pedro J. Martí

SEATTLE – The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation today announced that Pedro J. Martí has joined its Board of Directors, supporting its mission to invest in bold ideas that inspire collective action in order to achieve powerful results. Mr. Martí is a Senior Financial Advisor at Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC...

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The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation Announces Washington State Theatre Grant Recipients

Three upcoming productions are recognized for their focus on social issues

SEATTLE – The Biller Family Foundation today announced the inaugural group of award winners in its new grant program for theatre organizations based in Washington. Three productions were awarded with grants that totaled $75,000: “Violet” at ArtsWest, “Hana’s Suitcase” at Seattle Children’s Theatre, and “brownsville song (b-side for tray)” at Seattle Repertory Theatre...

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The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation Announces 2015 BEST Award Winners

LOS ANGELES – Celebrating the fifth year of The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation’s BEST Award, the Foundation announced the 2015 award winners last night at the LA Stage Alliance’s annual Ovation Awards Ceremony. Five upcoming productions by theatre organizations based in Los Angeles County were awarded with grants that totaled $105,000: “The Christians” at Center Theatre Group, “Fly,” at The Pasadena Playhouse, “It’s a Krip Hop Nation (Where Are My Crippled Homies At?)” at Watts Village Theater Company, “La Cage Aux Folles,” at East West Players, and “Trio Los Machos,” at CASA 0101...

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The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation Launches New Theatre Grant Program in Washington State

SEATTLE – Driven by its mission to invest in bold ideas that inspire collective action in order to achieve powerful results, The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation launches a new theatre grant opportunity today for nonprofit organizations in Washington state. Committed to funding theatre enrichment programs for more than a decade, the Foundation is now moving its focus to production-specific support of innovative shows that grapple with social issues and engage new audiences, with preference given to musical theatre...

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The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation Announces New Theatre Funding Focus

LOS ANGELES – The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation announces its new theatre funding focus today with the release of the application for the 2015 BEST Award. Newly defined, this theatre enrichment work fosters the art form by expanding access to inspiring productions and immersive educational experiences...

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The 5th Avenue Theatre’s Seminal Rising Star Project Receives Major Grant from The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation

Innovative Education Program Will Receive $300,000 over Three Years

Seattle, WA – The 5th Avenue Theatre is the proud recipient of a major grant from The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation to support its unique education program, the Rising Star Project. Over the next three years, the Biller Family Foundation will make a gift of $300,000 to the program, enabling the theater to extensively expand the Rising Star Project and create more opportunities for students to gain valuable insight into a professional environment and develop life skills that will serve them regardless of career path...

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Biller Family Foundation Renews Commitment to Partnership for Los Angeles Schools with $350K Grant

Grant Will Mainly Support the Partnership’s Leadership Development for Principals

Los Angeles, CA – The Partnership for Los Angeles Schools today announced The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation has renewed its investment in the Partnership with a $350K grant. Funds will primarily support leadership development for principals in addition to the broader school transformation work of the Partnership...

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Colleen Oliver Joins The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation as Executive Director

Seattle, WA - The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation announced that Colleen Oliver will join the Foundation as its new Executive Director to lead the Foundation’s grantmaking in the areas of K-12 public education, supportive care, theatre enrichment and career training.  Currently the Chief Academic Officer at the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, Oliver will assume her role on September 15, 2014...

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BankWork$™ to Train and Place Thousands of Young Adults in Banking Jobs over Five Years: Program Builds on Success in Los Angeles and Seattle

Los Angeles, CA – In an effort to introduce young adults from low-income and minority communities to careers in the financial services industry, BankWork$ today announced the national expansion plan of their vocational training program intended to place 1,500 - 2,000 graduates annually in banking positions by 2018...

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Congratulations to the Cast, Crew, and Staff Of The Rising Star Project: Spamalot, An All-Student Production on The 5th Avenue Stage

The 5th Avenue Theatre’s remarkable educational program, the Rising Star Project: Spamalot wrapped up a successful run to great acclaim on March 15. This program is a celebrated collaboration between students exploring creativity through hands-on experience and mentorship for personal and professional development...

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Highline Launches Workplace Learning Initiative

The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation to fund districtwide effort

Burien, WA – Highline is launching an initiative to provide every student with a work-based learning experience before graduation. The Highline MINDS (Mentoring, Internships, and Direction) effort will provide all Highline high school students with the opportunity to participate in industry visits, mentoring, career fairs, job shadows, and/or internships...

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Biller Family Foundation Expands Funding Opportunity for Los Angeles Non-Profit Theatres

After the success of last year’s Building Excellence in Small Theatre (BEST) Award, The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation will expand the award in 2012 to include two categories. Non-profit theatre organizations based in Los Angeles County with annual revenues between $100,000 and $849,999 are qualified to submit an application for the small theatre awards; organizations with incomes between $850,000 and $3,000,000 are eligible to apply for the mid-size theatre awards...

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Resource Racers Raise $280,000 for the Biller Resource Center at City of Hope

Forty-nine men and women joined forces as the first co-ed Resource Racers team to raise funds for the Sheri & Les Biller Patient and Family Resource Center at City of Hope by participating in Seattle’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon and Half-Marathon.  This is the fourth year the Resource Racers have raced in a half-marathon and have raised over $600,000 since the team’s inception...

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Biller Family Foundation Trustee Yvonne Bell to Receive 2012 Women in Business Award

Yvonne Bell, Trustee of The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation and Director of Development at Center Theatre Group will be a recipient of the Thirteenth Annual Women in Business Awards.  She will be awarded in the “Outstanding Non-Profit Employee” category.  This award honors women who live and work in California’s 21st Senate District and/or 43rd and 44th Assembly Districts and whose skills have impacted the economic strength and diversity of the community...

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Biller Family Foundation Honors Six Small Non-Profit Theatres in Los Angeles with BEST Award

The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation announced the recipients of the first-ever BEST (Building Excellence in Small Theatre) Awards. Award winners (listed alphabetically) are 24th Street Theatre, Circle X Theatre Co., Cornerstone Theater Company, Ensemble Studio Theatre, TeAda Productions and The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum...

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Biller Family Foundation Funds YWCA Seattle|King|Snohomish

YWCA to Replicate Successful Bank Career Training Program

The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation made a $30,000 donation to YWCA Seattle|King|Snohomish. YWCA will administer the BankWork$TM program, which replicates a successful career training model providing inner-city adults with the skills needed for careers in banking. “After successfully establishing BankWork$TM in Los Angeles, we knew other cities could benefit from the program,” comments Les Biller, founder of BankWork$TM...

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Biller Family Foundation Announces New Funding Strategy for Small Los Angeles Non-Profit Theatres

The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation introduced a funding opportunity for small, Los Angeles-based non-profit theatre organizations with an annual operating income between $100,000 and $1,500,000. “The vast majority of Los Angeles County’s theatrical programming takes place within these small theatres, too many of which are unknown and struggle to obtain funding...

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Biller Family Foundation and Music Center to Host ‘Imagination Conversation'

Education Experts Address Critical Need to Cultivate Young Minds

At a time when local school districts are struggling with looming budget cutbacks, leaving educators with little time to teach much beyond the basics, the Music Center and The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation will hold an interactive dialogue on Creativity and the Future of Education in Los Angeles: An Imagination Conversation at 5:30 p...

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Resource Racers Raise $180,000 for the Biller Resource Center at City of Hope

Twenty-nine women from across the country joined together as the Resource Racers to fundraise for the Sheri & Les Biller Patient and Family Resource Center at City of Hope by participating in the More Magazine/Fitness Magazine Women’s Half-Marathon. For three consecutive years, the Resource Racers, ranging in ages from 17-67, have participated in this women’s race in New York with a goal much greater than crossing the finish line...

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Biller Family Foundation Brings Theatre To Underserved Youth

Foundation Donates $80,000 to Arts Organizations

The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation recently made donations totaling $80,000 to four arts organizations in Los Angeles and Seattle. The 5th Avenue Theatre, Center Theatre Group, L.A. County Arts Commission and Reprise Theatre Company were awarded the grants for their education programs, which increase young adults’ access to live theatre...

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