- helps provide free theater and educational events for nearly 50,000 people through the Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival
- supports the creation of new works and inventive re-interpretations of classic plays indoors in our Studio
- assists outreach into our community, including workshops in schools and performances in non-traditional venues
We are a non-profit, 501-C(3) company. Your donation is tax-deductible.
FROM OUR AUDIENCE MEMBERS:
"Having been a single mom on a very tight & limited budget and more importantly knowing the importance of having the arts in and around children's life, I would have not been able to expose my 12-year-old-musician-son to Shakespeare...When you're financially in the 'red', you cannot pay for a performance even if you think that would mean a lot in your child's life, so you end up missing that performance. However, when it's offered to you as 'free', you feel blessed that you can expose your children to quality theatre and performers. This also helps them with their school work and overall confidence level. Thank you for these offerings in the studio as well."
"I come from a low-income household and my family has never exposed my siblings and I to the arts. Theater tickets were always out of reach price wise. I am the oldest of 3 and after hearing about free plays and events around L.A., I've been able to take my 2 younger siblings to enjoy these events which they have never experienced. Free access to live theater allows those of us with limited funding to experience something that we rarely have the privilege of experiencing."
"Life goes through ups and downs. Sometimes things are great and I have the spare money to spend on theater and other things, and sometimes money is tighter and I have to cut back on extras. Your Shakespeare Festival is amazing because I know I can always attend, regardless of how well I'm doing any given year. I look forward to it every year. I give what I can, knowing that some years make up for others. I love that you have extended this to the studio space as well. I have had a season pass for the last couple years, and this year wasn't able to afford one. The chance to still be able to come and see some of the plays is wonderful, and I'm so grateful for it. I'd be happy to pay what I can for the tickets, and plan to donate what I can extra, when the funding campaign comes around in the spring, for the tickets I got for free."
Make a recurring donation and you'll automatically become a member of the Eastcheap Society!
As an Eastcheap Member, you are investing in Independent Shakespeare Co. as one of the most important, diverse, and energetic cultural offerings in Los Angeles. For a monthly recurring gift of at least $25 (although we won’t say no to more!), you will receive:
- Invitations to exclusive events
- A discount on classes
- Reserved seating at Independent Studio performances
And a hug from us for supporting our belief that theater belongs to all of us!
Thank you to all of our supporters!
Over the past twelve months, we have been very grateful recipients of several essential foundation and government grants. However, the majority of our funding comes from donations, small and large, from audience members such as yourself. We hope your lives are enriched by the theater company you are such a vital part of creating. The following people and organizations made financial donations in support of the Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival 2017. Without them, we would not be here tonight.
Our Anonymous Benefactor, Bloomberg Philanthropies, California Arts Council, Council District 4 & Councilmember Ryu, Department of Cultural Affairs, City of LA, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, S. Mark Taper Foundation.
Ann Blanchard & Sandy Becker, Eduardo A. Braniff, James Scott Carter, The DEW Foundation, Robert Ferguson, The Hal & Kathleen Gershman Family Foundation, Leonora Gershman Pitts & Scott Pitts, Jack Horner, Michael & Fiona Karlin, Bennett & Peggy Kayser, Los Feliz Neighborhood Council, Scott & Kimberly Maxwell, Lauren & Eric Muhlheim, Pogosyan Care Foundation, David Reichelt, Susan & Bill Scheding, Halle Stanford.
Anonymous (2), in memory of George Reynolds, Ty Agens & Gloria Quinn, Leah & John Altschuler, John & Jill Bauman, Lois Becker & Mark Stratton, Linda Bessin, Elizabeth & Jonathon Brauer, Sandra & Mayer Brenner, Shannon & Daniel Brousseau, Max Coleman, Richard & Patricia Creese, Mike Ditz, Janice Feinstein & Paul Donnenfield, Shea Fontana, Neil Gieleghem, Diane Glatt & David Holtz, Lisa & Joshua Greer, Kenneth Grimes, Scott Hanlon, Brian Holihan & Suzann Weekly, Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council, Marisa & Greg Johnston, Diann Kim, Frank Lopes, The Los Angeles Breakfast Club Foundation, Paul Major, Paul McCrane, Gerald McGrory & Stephanie Patterson, Jay Polk, Janis Pretzlav & David Turner, Renée Ralls, John Rensenhouse, Elizabeth Rosenblatt, Thomas Joseph Deegan Day & Nina Hachigian, Holthues Trust, Gillian & John Wagner, Edwin Woll & Doris Baizley, Lynn & Michelle Wood.
Anonymous, Sherine Adeli, Timothy Aldrete, James Auld & Susan O’Connell, Tony Boyd, Sue & Barry Brucker, Jason & Nancy Cahill, Joel & Amy Carnes, Jacqueline Cohl, Matthew & Jill Colwell, Elizabeth Cook, Peter Cooke, Louis Fantasia, Jim Fielding; Grace, Carl, Hugo, Ilyan, Rusty, Bun & Ohana; Olga Garay-English & Kerry English, Wonderful Giving, Candace Green, Lisa Greene, Sarah Hays, Huntington Library & Art Gallery, David Kaplan, Bruce Katzman, Bianca Kovar & Takashi Yagisawa, Allan & Sandra Lakin, Kathryn Lane, Lizbeth Langston, Garry Lennon, Louise Lewis, Chris Lytton, Anne Marie Madla & Stephen Hamilton, Joni & Stephen Martino, Denise Mazzarella, Amanda McCarthy, Perry & Jackie McCoy, Patrick & Felicia Michell, Gwen Noda, Daniel & Dana Osers, Dave Otto, Sharon Oxborough, Lara & Mark Pranger, Sanford & Kate Robbins, Vernon Rosario, Dika Ryan, Tim Schildberger, Lexie Searle, The Shinderfolk, Catherine Sutton, Carrie Towbes & John Lewis, Alison Turner, Bonnie Voland, Christin & Matt Webb, Aviva Weiner, Gerald & Lynn Wheeler, G Wiester, Jon Wimbish & Amanda Angle, Martin Zacks & Linda World.
Anonymous (10), in honor of Lisa Hill, Rosemarie Albright, Kathy Aldrete, Shannon Allbright & Joe Reinkemeyer, Irene Anderson & James Somes, David & Pier Charlene Avirom, Margaret & Danilo Bach, Yennaedo Balloo, Anissa & Paul Balson, David Bardeen, Tiffany & Stephen Barnes, Cheryl & Robert Barnes, Ethan Bauman & Susan Baker, Larry & Julie Blivas, Jeffrey Bloom & Natasha Baumgardner, Amanda & David Bowker, Anthony Boyd, Peter & Michelle & Jackson Breitmayer, Paul & Meg Cajero, Susan Cassling, Jennifer Caterino & Michael Shipley, Melissa Chalsma & David Reynolds, Sue Chang, Elaine Chapin, Heather Clark, Allison Cohen, Beth Comstock, Cathy Costin & Mitchel Reback, Paul Craig, Josette Cramer, David Cranford, J David & Sarah Harden, Mary Elizabeth Day, Laura De Santiago, Paula Deming, Elizabeth Dennehy & James Lancaster, Stephen & Karen Dombrowski, Belinda Dong, Philippa Drewer, Jay Edwards, Tammy Engel, Teri Everett, Carla Fantozzi Palermo, Gregory Finn, Barbara Fisher, Mary Flanagan & Richard Harris, Adam Fleischman, Sarah Forth, Meg & Matt Gallagher, Toni Gallagher, Nancy Getty, Talia Gibas, Suzette Gordon, Cindy Graham, Cindy Graham, Julie Grist & Paul Holahan, Erica Groten & Eric Varnen, Paul & Audrey Hanneman, Susan Harbach, Larry Harnisch, Susan & Norm Harper, Abigail & Lawrence Harris, Maxwell Harris, Julie Henderson, Michele Hennessy, Tom & Marie Hess, Sharon Hirata, Alexander Hoffmann, Rita & Jeff Hollingsworth, Bev Huntsberger, Francesca Innocenti & Brian Beldham, Jane Jelenko, Rick Kaplan, John Keane, Jack Kenny, Kelli Kerslake Colaco, Louis Kessler, Golnar Khosrowshahi, Michael Kim, Roberta Kirkhart, Katie Klapper, Brian Klein, Paul Kopeikin, Pat Kraemer & Jim Stockman, Susan Laemmle & John Antignas, Chris Lee, Jocelyn Leveque, Diane Levine, Beth Lieberman & Steve Landau, Rachel Lipman, Zuberdrone LLC, Richard Llewellyn, Pamela Lombardo, Mary Lou O’Brien, Christopher Loverro, Joanne Lutz & Ronald Gelfman, Kyle Maclachlan, Melody Malmberg & Joe Rohde, Bunny Markowitz, Frank Martinez & Kathleen Ford, Barbara Masters, Alyssa Matos, Lenox Knight, & Suzette Higginbotham, Cyanne McClairion, Bernadette McNamara, Tara McPherson, Doug Mcpherson, Jocelyn Medawar, Phyllis & Mitchell Miller, Mitchell Miller, Frank Mohler, Adam & Irlyaan Mondschein, Genevieve Morgan, Wunna Myothein, Richard Nathan, James Newman & Michael Mullins, Tom & Erika Ngo, Janice & Tai Nguyen, Michele Noble, Alexis Oberlander, Mitch Ofarrell, Deborah & Stacey Olliff, Kaitlin Olson, Martin Olson, Duncan Orrell-Jones, Gia Paladino, Elaine Paul & Darren Seidel, Michael Pearl, Stephen Phelps, Suzanne Prescott, Caroline Purvis, Tina Purwin, Sandra Quintana, Virginia & David Reece, Laura Reider & Scott Abrahamson, Laura Rin, Michael & Ashton Roberts, Alexandra Rockwell, Debba Rofheart, Judy Rothman, Lori & Ethan Ruhman, Carolyn Sax, Richard Schenkman, Benjamin & Debra Schuraytz, J. Scott Clark-Schoeb, Amy Scripps, Melissa Segal, Jain & Eliot Sekuler, Frank Shapiro, Thomas Sherman, Elizabeth Sholl, Sandra Sigman, Daniel Silverberg, Patty Silversher, Richard Smith & Lisa Chuong, James & Anne-Elizabeth Sobieski, Cat Sowa, Stan Spry, Susanne Stanford, Lance Still, Donna Stoica, Jamie Stone, Dakota Sunseri, Katherine Tanner & Michael Silverman, Tina & Chris Teodorescu, Celeste Thomasson, Mike Tuggle, Malcolm Venolia, Clifford Warner, Dana & Robert Watson, Carolyn Wessling & Peter Marks, Dana Wilkie, Margaret Willis, Ed Woll, Julie Yannatta, David & Erin Zabel, John Zinman, Jon Zuber, Karen Zumsteg.
$1- $119 (Wow, this is a lot of grass roots support!)
Anonymous (39), Olga Aguilar, Paul Alan Smith, Diane & Al Alancraig-Septien, Kim Allen-Niesen, Brian Allgeier, Christine Amarantus & Brandon Demaria, Sheryl Anderson Parrott, Mary Ann Gallo & John Bradley, Dale Anne Stieber, J.Ed Araiza, Richard Arlook, Faviola Arroyo & Art Pintado, Manan Arya, Kelly Aucoin, Matt August, Erica Ausman, Victor Avila, Richard Azurdia, James Babbin, Dylan Bailey, Tim Bailey, Paula Bales, Matthew Bamberg-Johnson, Tisha Banker, Jennifer Barnhart, David Baron, Jozben Barrett, Elizabeth Barrial, Stan Bartosiak, Adam Beamer, Sarah Beaty, Lena Becerra, Christina Beck, Christina Bedell, on behalf of Berta Khitcho, Sarah Bernard, Lynne Bernstein, Anessa Birkemeier, Jason Bischoff, William Black, Alison Blanchard, Ross Blocher, Bethany Boles, Sharon Bordas, Susan & John Borden, Shari Boyer, Alysha Brady, Eugenia Braniff, Graciela Braniff, Judith Branzburg, Drew Brhel, Juliette & David Bridges, David Brown, Sarah Brown, James & Susan Bukowski, Jonathan Burton, Carin Butler, Brooks Butler, Kasey Byrne, Lindsay Bytof, Egle C, Kayla Cabradilla, Danny Camiel, Rachael & Andy Campanella, Miche Campbell, Danny Campbell & Cassandra Johnson, Antoinette Caragozian, Sheryl Carlin & Bill Borough, Laura Carlone-Mooslin, Judie Carroll, Cecil Castellucci, Elizabeth Castro, Larry Cedar, Andrew & Sarah Chalsma, Barbara Chalsma, David & Janice Champion, David Cheney, Alana Cheuvront, Cassandra Christensen, Christian Chun, Dannye & Shane Ciaccio, Sarah Cifarelli, Lisa Clampin, Rachel Cohn, Julie Colbert, Christopher Comeau, Susan Connelly, Jon Cooksey, Laura Coover, Diana Copeland, Brian Cornelius, Tim & Marni Covey-Fitzhugh, John Cromshow, Suzan Crowley & Tony Armatrading, Jenn Daniels, Chava Danielson & Eric Haas, Eric David, Dorien Davies, Cari Dawson, Tylene De Vine, Danni Dean, Robyn, Demi, & Jonah Boyd, Cheryl Dent, Richard Denton, Jessica Dieseldorff, Alice Dinnean, Laurie Don, Emiliana Dore, Adam Drucker, Heather Dundas, Nicole Dunn, Greg Durkin, Ellen Eastwood Kiley, David Eaton, Nadir Elfarra, Karin Elsener, William Elsman, Ann Enkoji, Raelynn Esterlina, Dan Etheridge, Dan Etheridge, Helene Farber, Evelina Fernandez & Jose Luis Valenzuela, Robert Fewkes, Jayme Filippini, Josh Fisher, Montserrat Fontes & Clarice Gillis, Austin Formato, Philip Friedel, Cindye Friedman, James Fuller, Anna G Johnson, Steve Gabel, L Galindo, Julie Garner, Jon Gathje, Adriana Gaviria, Carol Gay, Laura Geffen, Sue Georgino, Bruce Gershman, Naomi Gibson, Jenine Giusto, Nurit Glass, Renee Glick, Joanna Going, David Goldman, Rebecca Gomberg, Douglas & Lisa Goodrich, Rhona Gorder, Zoey Grayce, Joy Gregory, Ashley Griffis, William Grisham & Anne-Marie Schaaf, Paul Guilfoyle, Roy & Julia Guill, Ann Gumbinner, Emily Gutowsky & Nick Slimmer, Robin & Frank Guttler, John Haber, Rita Halasz, Kathy Hanks, Gayle & Richard Hardenbrook, Debbie & Mark Harding, Caitlin Hart, Lauren Hartman, Steven Hauck, Eileen Haussmann, Maurice Heald, Charis Hearn, Michael Hegeman, Sean Heim, Alexandra Helgerson, Jerry & Sandy Helman, Roth Herrlinger, Jennifer Hill Brown, Damon Hill, Louise Hindle, Nora Hipolito, Jennifer Hjelm, Jeff Holland, Roger Holzberg, Sally Horchow, Jessica Horn, Andrea Horwatt & Wendy Mitchell, Tim Houghton, Albert Hughes, Matt Hurley, Wes & Diana Hurst, Jennifer Hwang, Molly Igla, Sheila Irani, Kristen Ironside, Adam J Smith, Donna Jacobowitz, Eric Jarboe, Tonya Jarrett, Chris, Jennifer & Calum Ward, Jihee Jenny Park, Ilka Jensen, Paula Jimenez, Elizabeth Jouvenat, Aisha Kabia, Lali Kagan, Janet & Gary Kahn, Kim Kahn, Peter Kalmus, Shanti & David Kanter, Seth Kaplan, Laura Karlin, Tara Karsian, Michael Katz, Lindsey Keefner, Donna Kimball & Richard Prince, John Kimble, Barbara Kirk & Taylor Leigh Kirk, Aaron Kisner, Sarah & David Kitch, Nancy Klipfel, Theresa Knopf & Dustin Morgan, Matthew Knox, Amy Knutson, Gwen Koger, Mia Korf, Vinny, Kristen & Vivienne Rutherford, Chris & Mary Kuser, Michael La Guardia, Elizabeth Laime, Edgar Landa, Tim Landfield & Breon Gorman, Becky & James Langton, Yvonne Lara, Carolyn Leavitt, Junot Lee, Bernard Leibov, Carol Lim, Alexander & Shu-Yuan Linna, Adam Lively, Kalu Long, Robert Lowell & Audrey Carlson, Lisa Lu, Giao-Chau Ly, Maggie Mackay, Sarah Maizes, Margie Malig, Rick Marin, Steven Mark Popko, Esq., Alexis Markowitz, Alex Marrache, Eric & Sarah Marsh, André Martin, Karen Marx, Joe Masiero, Susan Mathison, Bob Mayberry, Jamie Mayer, Ryan McAnany, Lorrin McCormick, Michael McCue, Sara McCullar, Mary McGilvray, Leigh Mcgilvray, Johanna McKay, Casey McKinnon, Kate Mclean, Lara & Scott McNeal, Michelle Medawar Fricks, Tiffany Medina, Jennifer Mefford, Joe Mellis, David Michael Trevino, Ellenmary Michel, Dayna Miles, Melissa & Matt Miller, Joseph & Susan Miller, Boyce Miller, Craig Miller, Lesa Miller, Sandra Minasian, Alyssa Mitchell, Sd Modiano, Murphy Monroe, Carine Montbetrand, Carol Montgomery, Catherine Montgomery, Emily Montgomery, Michael Moorad, Coco Morante, Ayesha Motiwalla, Bill Motz, Mateo Mpinduzi-Mott, Sean Muhlstein, Jeff Muncy, Milton Munyer, David Nathan Schwartz, Nancy Navarro, Jennifer Nelson, Ashley Nguyen, Rebecca Niederlander, Sara Nixon-Kirschner, Nathan Nonhof, Paul Norwood, Steven & Sheila Novak, Screen Novelties, Ramon & Juanita O’Marah, Sarah Oh, Chaerin Ok, David & Stefani Okonyan, Leif Olson, Francine Oschin, M Paige Fillion & Scott Hornbacher, Ricky Pak, Regina Palamara, S.G. Panosian, Michele Panu, Juan Parada, Angel Parker, Dana Parks, Amelia Pawlak, James & Julia Pearman, Nancy Pemberton, Allan Penales, David Pesta, Stefany Pesta, Kelly Peters, Ngoc Phuong Nguyen, Mia Picerno & Frank Venegas, Rebecca Pilger, Doug Plaut, Ross Playstead & Paula Hansen, Veronica Polanco, Dana Pollak, Chris Porter, Howard Posner & Deborah Anisman-Posner, Elizabeth Potter Scully, John Powers, Kimberly Pratto Storr, Chelsea Price, Sean Pritchett, Brian Proffitt, Susan Proffitt & Josh Wattles, Ben Pruskin, Jane Pyle, Susan & Roberto Quintana de Foster, Kathleen & Robert Ramage, Ann Ramage, Monica Ratliff, Tamsin Rawady, Anita Razzano, Patricia Rees, Paul Reese, Anna Register, Leslie Reidel, Kat Reinbold, Joe Reinkemeyer, Andrew Reynolds, Melinda Rice, Foro Riley, Sara Ring, Thom Rivera, Karen Rizzo, Donald Rizzo, Dan Roberto, Teresa Robertson, Gretchen Robinette, Victor Robinette, Kat Robison, Jorge Rodriguez, Rita Rodriguez, Kelli Roisman, Craig & Shannon Rosa, Chuck & Sally Anne Rosenberg, Natalie Ross, Nicole Rossi-Standley, Nancy Ruben, Rachel Ruiz, Nicole Saba, Valerie Sallows, Sue & George Sallustio, Ralph & Amelia Saltsman, Linda Saltzman, Ali Sandler, Stephanie, Sandy & Steve Hotz, Katherine Sapiro, Joanne Scheding, Meg Scheding, Kathi & Rich Schmidt, Meghan Schumacher, Roger & Mitzi Schwarz, John Seeman, Hillary & Steve Seitz-Crystal, Lauri Semarne & Lisle Leete, Rhianna Shepherd, Zachary Sherman, Sarah Shinkle, Karen Shotting, Sara Sikes, Chris Sillerud, Geraldine Simmons, Michelle Simon, Donna Simone Johnson, Barry Simpson, Sarah Singer, Shawn Sites, Jim Skeen, David Skelly, Kim Small, Maggie, Alex & Finlay Smart, Oscar Smith, Richard Smith, Wendy Spears & Joseph Ginsburg, Charlotte Spencer, Susanne Spira, Mary Stanford, Mike & Sonja Stein-Wendt, Marcus & Joy Stenzel, Aleksandar Stojkovic, Nora Suk, Bernadette Sullivan, Gemalene Sunga, Anne Swatfigure, Marilyn Szatmary, Kiri Tannenbaum, Barbara Tarlau, Michele Tauber, Kristin Taylor, Lori Taylor, Anna Tecson, Shaun Temple, Egres Thana & Erina Vlashi, Rupert Thorpe & Michelle Day, Scott Torres, Jessica Townsend, Judith Townsend, Glenn Toyama, Thea Trachtenberg, Treehaus, Tara Treiber, Paul Turbiak, Kara Ukolowicz, Molly Underwood, Amy Urbina-Tigner & Ryan Tigner, Diane Vanette, Erina Vlashi, John Waite, Price Waldman, Marty Walters, Mark & Emily Ward, Zachary Warma, Eric & Karen Warren, Marc Wax, Joi Weaver, Stephnie Weir, Pam Weisberg, Valerie Weiss, Katherine Wertheim, Judy Wessling, Jennifer Westfeldt, Tom Whitaker, Lisa White, Laney Whitlow, Brooke Wirtschafter, Gwen & Mahlon Woirhaye, Christina Wolfskill, Juliet Wong, Tai-Ling Wong, Brian Woods, Diana Woody, Monica Wooters, Colleen & Philip Wyndham-Hughes, Andy Yeatman, Mark Young, David Zabel, Shey Zanotti, Irving Ziskind & Deborah Jansen, Rima Zobayan, & last (but certainly not least) Bradley Zweig.