(Seattle, Wash.) This month marks 21 consecutive years that Seattle Children’s Theatre is named a recipient of The Shubert Foundation, the nation’s largest funder dedicated to unrestricted funding of not-for-profit theatres, dance companies, professional theatre training programs and related service agencies. The gift, totaling $115,000, is the largest unrestricted gift received by the Theatre this year.
The Shubert Foundation has been a longtime supporter of SCT, increasing their gift steadily since 1998 and totaling more than $1,670,000 in operational support.
“We are honored to be among the hundreds of arts nonprofits to receive financial support from The Shubert Foundation,” says SCT’s Managing Director, Kevin Malgesini. “This grant supports the Theatre’s general operating, ensuring that we can continue our legacy as one of the leading professional theatres for children in the country.”
SCT has become one of the largest contributors of new work for young audiences. Since the Theatre’s inception in 1971, it has produced more than 260 productions, 115 of which have been world premieres. The grant is vital to the continued development of new work, including the SCT commission and world premiere, Black Beauty, which opens the 2019-2020 season.
“Our longstanding practice of providing help in the form of general operating support remains unchanged. We are convinced that talented artists and administrators are best able to decide how to use the funds we grant.” said Shubert Foundation President, Michael I. Sovern.
“This wonderful gift allows us to be true shepherds of our mission, which places young people at the center of every artistic and education-based decision we make,” said SCT’s artistic director, Courtney Sale. “This grant supports us in what we do best, which is helping young people and their families find themselves in the stories we tell.”
The Shubert Foundation, Inc., was established in 1945 by Lee and J.J. Shubert, in memory of their brother Sam. Since the establishment of the Shubert Foundation grants program in 1977, over $443 million has been awarded to not-for-profit arts organizations throughout the United States.