Aurora Theatre Co Announces New Donor Contributions
Berkeley's acclaimed Aurora Theatre Company announces three new donor contributions made in support of the company's current 20th anniversary season. In honor of Aurora Theatre Company's 20th anniversary, a group of generous supporters has given Aurora a challenge: for each dollar up to $20,000 that Aurora raises from first-time donors or increased support from current donors, the gifts will be matched 2 to 1. This incredible matching grant, spearheaded by lead donors George and Candy Hisert, comes at a critical time as support for the arts from corporations and foundations continues to shrink. It is contributions such as the matching grant which helps Aurora keep quality productions on stage, as well as supports Aurora initiatives, including discounted ticket pricing for those in need, free senior previews for lower-income seniors, the Global Age Project festival of new works, Aurora Script Club, and post-show talk backs. Aurora is working to meet the match during the company's annual fund campaign, now through December 31.
For more information, or to make a contribution towards the matching grant, the public may contact Emily Lagnado, Annual Fund Manager, at (510) 843-4042 x312.
The company will also officially inaugurate its Second Stage cabaret space in December. Located in the Dashow Wing at Aurora Theatre Company, Harry's UpStage will be christened during a private event on December 4. Long-time Aurora subscriber and supporter Harry Weininger passed away in May 2010; his family, who knew of his dedication to Aurora, wanted to honor him and made a $25,000 donation to Aurora to outfit the Dashow space with a new lighting package, curtains, a stage, and furniture. Harry's UpStage will be used for live cabaret and Second Stage performance events at the Aurora.
Additionally, in celebration of Aurora Theatre Company's 20th anniversary season, long-time Aurora supporters Deborah and Howard Goodman made a bighearted gift to the company, becoming sponsors for the entire 20th anniversary season.
Aurora Theatre Company Artistic Director Tom Ross states, "It's hard to believe that it has been 20 years since Aurora Theatre Company opened its doors. This year, as we celebrate our past and look forward to our future, I can't help but reflect on how far we've come in two decades. We really have our dedicated supporters to thank; it is because of their kind support that we're able to grow from a small room in the Berkeley City Club to a state-of-the-art theater, which now has a new wing and houses a Second Stage performance space. My thanks and gratitude goes out to everyone who has enabled us, and continues to enable us, to create memorable works of art."