Cast members of The Last Tiger in Haiti invited audiences to donate.
Cast members of The Last Tiger in Haiti invited audiences to donate.

Berkeley Rep Audiences Raise $92,000 for Hurricane Relief

Jacob Coakley

BERKELEY, CA—Berkeley Repertory Theatre raised $92,000 via donations from audience members during the run of its latest show, The Last Tiger in Haiti—which opened 10 days after Hurricane Matthew struck parts of Haiti. The two Haitian organizations that will receive the donations are Lambi Fund of Haiti, a unique grassroots organization whose mission is to assist the popular, democratic movement in Haiti; and Restavek Freedom, an organization whose mission is to end child slavery (or restaveks) in Haiti. Add a comment

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The American Theatre Wing will offer college scholarships up to $10,000

American Theatre Wing's Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative Announces University Scholarships

Jacob Coakley

NEW YORK—The American Theatre Wing, through its Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative, has launched its first annual application period for 4-Year Partial University Scholarships. The Scholarships can be used at an accredited private or public university or college in the United States. Each of the scholars will be provided with scholarships of up to $10,000 towards their course fees, renewable for four years so long as a minimum GPA of 3.0 is maintained.The deadline to apply is January 20, 2017, with final notifications made by April 2017. 

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The American Conservatory Theater named Ma-Yi Theater Company their first partner in the program

A.C.T. Launches Residency Program at Strand Theater

Jacob Coakley

SAN FRANCISCO — The American Conservatory Theater launched a new residency program called The New Strands Residency. The Residency aims to give emerging and established playwrights the opportunity to create and develop new works in residence at A.C.T.’s Strand Theater. Each year, A.C.T. will partner with a nationally recognized new-work incubator to select three playwrights, who will spend a week in San Francisco. Over the course of their residency, the playwrights will participate in a reading of their work, develop and workshop their plays-in-progress with directors and a shared ensemble of actors, and sit on various panel discussions. 

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A.C.T. And the Wellesley Centers for Women will release the full results of their study to the public in December

Women’s Leadership in Residential Theaters Study Now Finished

Jacob Coakley

SAN FRANCISCO — In 2013, American Conservatory Theater partnered with the Wellesley Centers for Women to conduct a research study titled “Women’s Leadership in Residential Theaters.” The study meant to find out why so few women hold the top leadership positions in nonprofit theatres, and what could be done to increase that number. Preliminary findings were presented this past fall at various conferences, and the full results will be released this December. 

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A moment from the 2016 National High School Musical Theatre Awards

The Broadway League Announces Date of the Ninth Annual National High School Musical Theatre Awards

Jacob Coakley

New York, NY — The next annual National High School Musical Theatre Awards (also known as the Jimmy Awards) will take place on Monday, June 26, 2017 at 7:30pm at the Minskoff Theatre, 200 West 45th Street in Manhattan. The Broadway League Foundation will again oversee the program. High school students from across America will compete for the coveted Jimmy Award for Best Performance by an Actor and Best Performance by an Actress at the ninth annual presentation.

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The 2016 Legacy Awards from Theatre Bay Area will be given out Dec. 5.

TBA Names 2016 Legacy Award Winners

Jacob Coakley

The Theatre Bay Area Legacy Awards annually honor an artist, a philanthrophist and an organization. This year the recipients will be: Robert Hurwitt, theatre practitioner and critic; the late philanthropists Leigh and Ivy Robinson (the award will be accepted by their niece, Deborah Robinson); and Cultural Odyssey, Idris Ackamoor and Rhodessa Jones, co-artistic directors. The awards will be given at a ceremony Dec. 5. 

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