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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

May 11, 2016

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.

“We are thrilled to see theatres of all sizes tackling productions which deeply engage their audiences around pertinent and sometimes provocative topics,” said Sheri Biller, Foundation President. “We received many competitive applications, making for a challenging selection process. The strong audience outreach plans of the awardees made them stand out.”

“This first cycle marks an important step for the Foundation, as we have combined our efforts in our two funding regions to create one comprehensive theatre funding program,” added Colleen Oliver, Executive Director. “Partnering with organizations in both areas will allow us to learn from their efforts and continue to broaden the impact of socially relevant theatre.”

Launched in 2015, the Foundation’s theatre enrichment program supports specific productions that grapple with social issues and engage new audiences, with preference given to musical theatre. The Foundation will be announcing a second grant cycle on August 30, 2016.

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About The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation

The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation fulfills its mission to invest in bold ideas that inspire collective action in order to achieve powerful results in the four focus areas of public education, theatre enrichment, career pathways, and supportive care. Grants are made primarily in Los Angeles County and Washington State. The Foundation was founded in 2001 by Sheri and Les Biller. For more information, please visit The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation’s website at www.billerfamilyfoundation.org. Follow on Twitter @BillerFamFdtn or on Facebook.