Initial Application for Theatre Enrichment Grants

Initial applications are due on August 4, 2017 through the Foundation's online portal. To access the online portal, you will have to register your organization with a new account or log in with your existing account. If you are a new applicant, choose a single, permanent email address for your organization’s account...

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Theatre Enrichment Grant Awards Announced!

Congratulations to our 2017 Cycle 1 Theatre Enrichment grant recipients!   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. Portland Center Stage (Portland, OR), And So We Walked The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts (Beverly Hills, CA), Turn Me Loose: A full-length play for stage from the works of Dick Gregory Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum (Topanga, CA), Animal Farm The Foundation’s next Theatre Enrichment grant program cycle will begin in July...

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Initial Application for Theatre Enrichment Grants

Initial applications are due on February 17, 2017 through the Foundation's online portal (see PDF instructions below to access). To access the online portal, you will have to register your organization with a new account or log in with your existing account. If you are a new applicant, choose a single, permanent email address for your organization’s account...

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Initial Application for Theatre Enrichment Grants

Initial applications are due on September 30 through the Foundation's online portal (see PDF instructions below to access). To access the online portal, you will have to register your organization with a new account. When registering, you must choose one email address to attach to your organization’s account...

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Southeast Seattle Education Coalition Recognized by Seattle Public Schools and WASA

Our partner Southeast Seattle Education Coalition (SESEC) was Seattle Public Schools' nominee for the 2016 Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA) Community Recognition Award. SESEC serves a vital role in the Seattle community by uniting various community-based organizations, schools, educators, parents, community leaders, and many others around a common goal of equity and access for all students, especially those in southeast Seattle...

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Biller Family Foundation Awards Theatre Grants for Productions with Social Impact

This May, we concluded our first cycle of theatre grants for 2016 by awarding five theatre organizations in both Los Angeles County and Washington state. The winners particularly impressed us with their strong audience outreach plans, and we are looking forward to partnering with them on the following productions: "Bars and Measures," The Theatre @ Boston Court "Hooded or Being Black for Dummies," Theatre Battery "Man of La Mancha," A Noise Within "Seedfolks," Seattle Children's Theatre "Wedding Band," Intiman Theatre

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Initial Application for Theatre Enrichment Grants

We're thrilled to announce the first cycle of grants in theatre enrichment for 2016. Initial applications are due on March 11 through the Foundation's online portal (see PDF instructions below to access). To access the system, you will have to register your organization with a new account...

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The World of "Hana's Suitcase"

The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation is proud to be partnering with Seattle Children's Theatre on Hana's Suitcase. This extraordinary play tells the story of Fumiko Ishioka, a Japanese educator intent on helping her students understand the Holocaust, whose quest to uncover the story of Hana Brady has sparked a worldwide conversation on the values of courage, tolerance, and compassion...

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BankWork$ Expanding to Houston, Denver, and Chicago

The Foundation's career pathways program, BankWork$, announced its expansion to Houston, Denver, and Chicago in 2016. With this growth, BankWork$ will now have a presence in six cities across the country. You can read the whole press release on this exciting news here on the BankWork$ website, and read more about each city through the articles below...

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Theatre Enrichment Application for WA State Theatre Organizations

Today we launch our new theatre grant program in Washington state! Applications are due on October 23 through the Foundation's online grants system. To access the system, you will have to register your organization with a new account. When registering, you must choose one email address to attach to your organization’s account...

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Announcing the 2015 BEST Award Application

We are thrilled to announce the release of the 2015 BEST Award application, along with news of a shift in our theatre funding focus! To learn more about the 2015 BEST Award and to apply, please read the PDF below.

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BankWork$ Program Spotlight: Mercedes Rippel

Banking has always been a passion for Mercedes Rippel. With 26+ years of retail banking experience on her resume, Mercedes joined the YWCA BankWork$ team in 2012, having found the perfect opportunity to blend her banking background with a desire to enrich her community. She also brought a strong passion for the training aspect of banking, backed by her years as a Regional Training Officer – where she created and developed challenging stand-alone training courses, from concept to completion...

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BankWork$ Program Spotlight: Lisa Meadows

We’re pleased to launch a new series this month, spotlighting key members of the BankWorks team, starting in Los Angeles.   Lisa Meadows was a VP at Union Bank, with a 20+ year career as a bank executive, when she joined JVS Los Angeles nine years ago. Equally active in her community and volunteer life, she also holds a teaching credential and has the distinction of being the very first BankWork$ employee hired when the program was launched...

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Tenacity, Tolerance, and Hope: "Hana's Suitcase" Comes to Seattle

"Hana’s Suitcase" is an incredible story of tenacity, tolerance, and hope. We are so thrilled to be working with Seattle Children's Theatre to introduce Seattle to this play in January 2016. Who was Hana Brady? That’s the question a Japanese educator, Fumiko Ishioka (Director of the Tokyo Holocaust Education Resource Center) set out to uncover about fifteen years ago...

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Recent Article Spotlights Rising Star Project Students

The 5th Avenue Theatre's Rising Star Project is the only program of its kind in the United States. The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation is a proud sponsor of this program, which provides an immersive career training experience in the arts. High school students are involved in all aspects of a theatre production on The 5th Avenue Theatre's stage, working in technical, artistic, and administrative roles and receiving mentorships from theatre professionals...

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Autry Donor Spotlight

Sheri and Les Biller were featured in the Autry National Center's What's Next? publication (January/February 2015). Click the link below to open the PDF and read the spotlight!  

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"It’s not schools that are failing — it’s us"

Read Foundation President Sheri Biller's guest opinion piece in the Puget Sound Business Journal and join the movement to help our public schools "Business as usual is not acceptable. It is time for us to demand change. We cannot continue to allow our students to suffer the unintended consequences of our apathy...

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Seattle Teacher Residency in USA Today

The Seattle Teacher Residency is an innovative program co-founded by the Alliance for Education, Seattle Public Schools, The University of Washington, and the Seattle Education Association, with a goal "to provide teachers with a master's degree in education, hands on learning in the classroom and strong mentorship to create a team of teachers that can accelerate student achievement...

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