Wally Russell Foundation Makes Annual Contribution to the Los Angeles Opera

by Stage Directions

The Wally Foundation has made its annual contribution to the Los Angeles Opera. The Foundation has now provided annual funding to the LA Opera totaling over $200,000.00 since the foundation was formed following the untimely death of visionary Wally Russell in 1992.

“This annual contribution has underwritten over 42 Wally Lighting Interns for the Los Angeles Opera who otherwise could not have afforded to spend the time working with the Opera to gain the experience needed to work professionally”, commented Jeff Kleeman, Technical Director of the Los Angeles Opera. “Most of these individuals are still in our industry, and many of them are still working professionally in free- lance positions at the Los Angeles Opera”.

“This has been an excellent partnership, and we are happy that the Foundation has had the financial resources to continue the annual support”, commented Tom Folsom, Wally Board Chair and President of KTRP, Inc. He was a true visionary. He was always looking for new young talent and new technology.”

“We appreciate the continued support of InterAmerica Stage, Inc., Altman Stage Lighting, Inc, Stage Call, Inc. and to Board of Directors of the Wally Russell Foundation.”

The Wally Foundation, founded in 1992 also supports a similar intern program at the Canadian Opera Company and annually provides an award to the Wally Russell Mentor of the Year in partnership with USITT, and annually provides a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Any and all contributions to the Wally Foundation may be made at:
Wally Russell Foundation, Inc. 16458 Bolsa Chica Street #221 Huntington Beach, CA 92649 USA 714-699-3573

Further information from the Wall Foundation: www.wallyrussellfund.org