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Social Impact Theatre
Through our social impact theatre grantmaking, the Foundation supports theatres located in Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and California who are igniting the changes we want to see in our communities through the programming they bring to life on stage. The Foundation’s investments in this area are guided by the fundamental belief in the power of live theatre to spark dialogue, bring different viewpoints together, and provide a lens to process the critical issues of contemporary society.
We endeavor to support theatres tackling issues ranging broadly from institutional racism and mental illness to income inequality and immigrant rights. The Foundation is proud to provide this unique opportunity to recognize organizations who are intentional and innovative in engaging with their audiences around these issues and who are committed to reaching new audiences.
Please note that starting in 2021 our Social Impact Theatre Grant Program will move to a single, annual cycle. Further details to come.
Social Impact Theatre
Recent Grant Recipients
A Contemporary Theatre
Filled with warm humor and tremendous heart, Sweat is the story of a group of friends who have spent their lives sharing drinks, secrets, and laughs while working together on the factory floor. But when layoffs and picket lines begin to chip away at their trust, the friends find themselves pitted against each other in a gut-wrenching fight to stay afloat. Heartbreaking and surprisingly funny, Sweat is a 2017 Pulitzer Prize winner, written by multiple award-winner, Lynn Nottage.
André was once a tap dancer. He lives with his daughter, Anne, and her husband, Antoine. Or was André 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. Featuring acclaimed actor Alfred Molina (Frida, An Education, Enchanted April) in a tour-de-force role that will captivate audiences and leave you breathless.
Growing up in the funeral business with a uniquely dysfunctional family gives lesbian cartoonist Alison no end of material – but drawing on those childhood memories reveals more than the adult Alison expects. Can she reframe the picture and finally close the book? Winner of five 2015 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Fun Home is a ‘blazingly original heartbreaker and a nonstop treasure of invention’ (Newsday).
Remember the old Bernal Heights? Not the one full of joggers and little dogs. Who gets to flourish and who has to “get by” comes under the microscope in this new play by local luminary, Star Finch.
American Conservatory Theater
Toni Stone was the first of three women to play pro baseball as part of the Negro League. Toni Stone is a baseball play that explores issues of racism, sex discrimination, Jim Crow laws, and American history, but at its core is a story of a real woman and remarkable athlete who knew who she was and demanded her place with the professionals.
Marin Theatre Company
Sovereignty follows two timelines in the history of one Cherokee family and their fight for the self-determination of their nation. One timeline, in 2021, follows a female Cherokee lawyer, when she is sexually assaulted by her white fiance on Cherokee land, she must decide whether to bring the case to the U.S. Supreme Court. If she wins, Cherokee Nation will regain the right to prosecute all criminal offenses on its land; but if she loses, Cherokee Nation will be stripped of its last vestiges of sovereignty
The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
Sisters in Law
Sisters in Law features the relationship between two opposites and modern-day legends, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sandra Day O’Connor. The production celebrates a friendship transcending party, religion, and culture, and explores the inexplicable bond between SCOTUS’ first two female justices as they grapple with matters of national law and personal belief.
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.
Taproot Theatre Company
We Will Not Be Silent
We Will Not Be Silent tells the true story of Sophie Scholl, a German college student who led a protest movement against the Nazi Party. At the age of 21, Sophie Scholl was arrested, tried for treason, and beheaded by the Nazi government. With the war as a backdrop, the production examines the role that ordinary Germans played in the rise of Hitler and the strength and courage that led a group of German students to risk their lives rather than be silent.
Seattle Children’s Theatre
And in This Corner: Cassius Clay
And in This Corner: Cassius Clay tells the true story of Cassius Clay growing up in the Jim Crow South and his journey into history books as boxing great Muhammad Ali. Encouraged by his family, friends, and training from Louisville Police Officer Joe Martin, this dynamic play for young audiences follows 12-year-old Clay as he navigates racism and hardship on his early rise to become one of the most important athletes and activists in American History.
Latino Theater Company
Set in pre-gentrified 1980s New York City, Members Only follows Pedro Quinn, an aging closeted boxer coming to terms with his past demons and future hopes as he discovers and finds comfort in his true identity. A multi-ethnic ensemble supports and challenges Quinn’s journey of discovery as the AIDS epidemic threatens to come out of the shadows.
Regina Taylor’s gospel play, Crowns, is a celebration of African American spirituality, dance, song, and cultural history. It tells the story of Yvonne, a young woman transplanted from Brooklyn to South Carolina following a family tragedy, where she meets a circle of women who share with her the history, importance, and power of the hat. Crowns explores the stories of black women who have struggled with both gender and race oppression – and powerfully demonstrates the healing power of community and cultural history.
The Old Globe
They Promised Her the Moon
In 1960, the famed “Mercury Seven” trained at NASA to become the first American astronauts. Thirteen women also underwent the same rigorous psychological and physical testing, some even outperforming their male counterparts. They Promised Her the Moon tells the unknown true story of one of these women, Jerrie Cobb, and the powerful forces that kept her from reaching orbit.
Portland Center Stage
Written by Cherokee writer, activist, and attorney Mary Kathryn Nagle, Crossing Mnisose tells the story of Sacajawea and draws a line from a completely original view of Lewis and Clark to the present day, as descendants of the Dakota and Lakota Nations continue their fight for Mnisose (“Missouri River”) and to ensure that the lands containing the burials of their ancestors are preserved for future generations.
Seattle Repertory Theatre
Nina Simone: Four Women
Set in an imaginary moment following the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Nina Simone sits at the church piano, trying to write a song that will galvanize action in the Civil Rights Movement in the wake of the bombing. In her mind she is joined by a group of black women seeking shelter in the church, all of whom have struggled in life due to the different hues of their skin. Drawing inspiration from her music, Nina Simone: Four Women gives a glimpse of the artist and the women around her as their journey leads them down a path of discovery and healing.
Where We Work
The Social Impact Theatre program supports organizations domiciled in Alaska, California, Oregon, and Washington.