Week of Gratitude: Donors and Funders

During our Week of Gratitude we celebrate the generosity of TheatreWorks’ community members, including you!

We’re grateful for each person who plays their part here at TheatreWorks. Please enjoy a few stories from your fellow community members who, like you, make a difference at TheatreWorks, as well as in our greater Silicon Valley community.

So give yourself a round of applause! TheatreWorks staff might put on the show, but you’re the inspiration.

Tuesday, November 21: DONORS AND FUNDERS

Over half of TheatreWorks’ budget supports our mainstage program, and we are so grateful for the subscribers and ticket purchasers who help us fund the creation of incredible art. However, to support our education programs, the New Works Initiative, and the events surrounding the mainstage productions, we rely almost entirely on you—our TheatreWorks investors! Your generosity allows us to produce your next favorite show while empowering Silicon Valley students through arts integration programs and celebrating new and diverse art for the stage.

We are grateful to you for playing your part in making Silicon Valley a better community to call home. Take some time to meet a few of your fellow donors, and feel free to send us your answers to the questions as well!

IRIS AND HAL KOROL

How many years have you been enjoying shows at TheatreWorks?
We have probably subscribed and been involved for the last 25 years.

Which productions have been your favorite?
Iris’s favorite show is Emma. Hal really liked Being Earnest.

Why do you choose to support the company as donors?
We feel lucky to have TW in our lives! TW affords us the opportunity to see world-class productions and to see them right here in our backyard. We walk out of shows amazed at what we have just seen. We are grateful for the immense amount of talent and innovation that TW finds, and also to the management of the organization who make this possible. TW additionally does a superb job in community outreach, particularly in bringing theatre to kids who might not have this resource available to them normally. These are just a few of the reasons why we’re involved.

What is your own personal vision of TheatreWorks 50 years from now?
Our vision for the future would be for TW to have a permanent home of its own.

LYNDA FOX

How many years have you been enjoying shows at TheatreWorks?
My husband and I have been seeing TheatreWorks shows since 1992.

Which productions have been your favorite?
Daddy Long Legs, Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin, and 2 Pianos 4 Hands.

Why do you choose to support the company as donors?
My husband and I enjoy the shows and appreciate having such a wonderful company in our midst. We want to be sure that TheatreWorks continues to be successful. We’ve watched other companies fold, and don’t want this to happen to TheatreWorks. It is important for the community to support the arts, especially one as well-managed and financially sound as TheatreWorks. The sets are always very creatively designed, and the talent is of high quality. We’re proud to be supporters and attendees of TheatreWorks.

If you could star in any past TW production, which character would you play?
I’d like to play the witch in Into The Woods. And if you ever decide to do Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, I’d like to be the narrator.

What is your own personal vision of TheatreWorks 50 years from now?
Fifty years from now I hope TheatreWorks is as relevant as it is today, showing important plays and musicals. It would be wonderful to have a theatre of its own with the most modern equipment available. I would like TheatreWorks to be considered one of the finest theatre companies in the country and have many more of its shows go on to national and international venues.

CIRO GIAMMONA
CEO of Harrell Remodeling, Inc., a corporate sponsor

How many years have you been enjoying shows at TheatreWorks?
Five years.

Which productions have been your favorite?
Wow, that is tough to answer. I guess I would have to say Emma, but then again, the recent production of The Prince of Egypt was absolutely amazing!

Why does Harrell Remodeling choose to support the company as a corporate sponsor?
Harrell Remodeling believes in giving back to the community in which we work. We think the arts, education, and children in particular need more support, and TheatreWorks provides all three. Personally, I support TheatreWorks for the same reasons, but also because I want to continue to enjoy world-class theatre performances with an easy 15-minute drive!

If you could star in any past TW production, which character would you play?
I played the part of Algernon Moncrieff in The Importance of Being Earnest while in high school. I would want to reprise that role (in Being Earnest) because it was really fun, and I wouldn’t have to relearn any lines!

What is your own personal vision of TheatreWorks 50 years from now?
I envision TheatreWorks providing a destination theatre experience for visitors from all over the world. It already offers the quality of shows, talent, and production values that should make this happen, but people need to know they can experience all of that right here in Silicon Valley. I also envision the children currently involved in TheatreWorks’ myriad educational opportunities becoming lifelong supporters and subscribers and still enjoying outstanding shows with their grandchildren in 2067!

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