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Social Impact Theatre
The Foundation’s social impact theatre work fosters the art form by expanding access to inspiring productions and immersive educational experiences. We endeavor to support artistic content that promotes important conversations around timely social issues. Further, we believe that active engagement before and after performances provides additional access points that are welcoming to new and underserved audiences.
Partners help us achieve our goals through a rich variety of theatre programming that includes introductions to career pathways, initiatives that attract new audiences, and performances for students with curriculum enrichment and post-show discussions. In addition, we create opportunities to recognize organizations that are innovative in their content selection, audience engagement, and community outreach.
Social Impact Theatre
Recent Grant Recipients
San Francisco Playhouse
Aspiring video game designer Katja and her longtime friend Trent are an unstoppable team against animated monsters in the virtual underworlds of SpearLight, an online role-playing game. But after a humiliating falling-out, Trent marshals an army of internet trolls to wage real-life war against her. Comic and poignant, Non-Player Character is a timely, boldly theatrical exploration of the games we play and who’s winning.
Seattle Children’s Theatre
The Journal of Ben Uchida: Citizen 13559
In Citizen 13559: The Journal of Ben Uchida, witness the story of 12-year-old Ben Uchida, a Japanese-American boy whose life is changed forever following the World War II attack on Pearl Harbor. When the U.S. government forces Japanese-American citizens into internment camps, Ben and his family must face difficult truths about the idea of home. One young person’s struggle to understand a society allowing mass discrimination against its citizens poses questions as urgent today as they were in the past.
I Am My Own Wife
Based on a true story and inspired by interviews conducted by the playwright over several years, I Am My Own Wife tells the fascinating tale of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, a German transvestite who managed to survive both the Nazi onslaught and the repressive East German Communist regime. Winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize and the 2004 Tony Award.
La Jolla Playhouse
Jen lives in New York but has always dreamed of getting married in her small North Carolina hometown, so she heads down south with her partner to ask Della, her late mother’s best friend, to do the honors of making the wedding cake at her bakery. Della’s cakes are legendary – even earning her a spot as a contestant on the “Great American Baking Show.” She is overjoyed at Jen’s request until she realizes there’s not just one bride, but two, forcing her to re-examine some of her deeply-held beliefs, as well as her own marriage. Faith, family and frosting collide in this touching and timely new play.
Oregon Children’s Theatre
And in This Corner: Cassius Clay
And in This Corner: Cassius Clay, tells the little-known story of childhood life of Muhammed Ali. Through this production, Oregon Children’s Theatre aims to foster dialogue and a deeper understanding of the complex social issues that contribute to inequity, and intend for our young audiences to be inspired by Cassius Clay’s decision to reach beyond personal success to contribute to greater community good.
Hold These Truths
Hold These Truths tells the inspirational true story of a civil rights hero who took his fight all the way to the Supreme Court. An exceptional evening of theatrical storytelling, Ryun Yu’s brilliant solo performance has captivated audiences and sold-out shows from coast-to-coast. Heartwarming and entertaining, don’t miss this powerful and moving story of Gordon Hirabayashi’s fight for freedom for all.
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.