Focus Area

Social Impact Theatre

Social Impact Theatre

Recent Grant Recipients

North Coast Repertory Theatre

The Father

André was once a tap dancer who lives with his daughter Anne and her husband Antoine. Or was he an engineer whose daughter Anne lives in London with her new lover, Pierre? The thing is, he is still wearing his pajamas and he can’t find his watch. He is starting to wonder if he’s losing control. The Father promises to be a profoundly moving memorable evening of theatre.

Pasadena Playhouse

Bordertown Now

Bordertown Now is an irreverent look at the people at the center of one of America’s most hot-button controversial issues and the walls that divide us all. The nation’s premier Chicano/Latino performance trio joins award winning director Diane Rodriguez to redefine the boundaries of theater and break down the divisions between cultures.

Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum


Haiti tells the story of the 1802 uprising, led by Toussaint L’Ouverture, that gave Haitians back their country and rule. This rare revival of William Dubois’ historical melodrama strikes a sharp chord that reverberates throughout the ages. It explores the devastating legacy left by colonialism and slavery, overcome by the strength, resilience, and urgency of those brave enough to fight for freedom.

Inner-City Arts

Fighting Shadows: One Man’s Story

A brutal, truthful account of Homeboy Industries’ Emmy-nominated actor Richard Cabral’s early life as a notorious gang member in East LA, Fighting Shadows follows his life-affirming transformation out of the shadows of gangs, prison, and violence, and into a new world of family, art, and love.

Geffen Playhouse

Black Super Hero Magic Mama

When Sabrina’s 14-year-old son dies in a police shooting, it prompts a flurry of media attention and calls for racial justice. Unable to play the expected role of a grieving mother, Sabrina retreats into the fantasy world of superheroes and arch-villains that inhabit the comic book created by her son before his death. Both heartbreaking and highly imaginative, this stunning world premiere signals the arrival of an exciting and distinctive new voice in American theater.

San Diego Repertory Theatre


In the steel town of Reading, Pennsylvania, one of the poorest communities in America, a group of close friends share everything: drinks, secrets, and laughs. When rumors of layoffs shake up the factory where they work, the fragile bonds of their community begin to splinter and a horrific crime sends shockwaves across two generations. Sweat captures the struggle to reclaim what’s lost, find redemption, and define ourselves in the 21st century.

The 5th Avenue Theatre

Rising Star Project

Since 2011, the Rising Star Project has opened the doors of The 5th Avenue Theatre to teenagers throughout Washington State. The Program focuses on career exploration and the development of professional skills. Participants are embedded within a working department at The 5th Avenue Theatre. Professional mentors work with students to learn skills and execute tasks that are crucial to the day-to-day operations of a regional theater company.

Where We Work

The Social Impact Theatre program supports organizations domiciled in Alaska, California, Oregon, and Washington.