The bucket brigade has been a primary fundraising tool for the Taking Care fund since being established in 2011. Actors take an extra curtain call after their shows to encourage audiences to donate and Help Fill the Bucket, the signature yellow bucket of the Taking Care program. As we have more and more live performances again, many partner theatres will host bucket brigades. Across multiple weekends, here are some of the theatres that are hosting a weekend: Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Teenage Dick, Creative Cauldron, Having Our Say, Theater J’s Tuesdays with Morrie, Arena Stage’s Celia and Fidel, Mosaic Theatre Company’s Birds of North America. And give a special shout out to the cast and crews at Round House, The Great Leap, who are doing the bucket brigade for the whole run of their show. We appreciate the casts and crews who are supporting this fundraising drive.
The Taking Care fund has continued to make monthly grants to theatre-makers for emergency funding related expenses like housing, food, and medical expenses. The Taking Care fund receives a steady stream of applications, including a recent surge in August. With continuing lack of employment and economic insecurity, the Fund helps bridge those gaps in income. Theatre Washington is committed to providing continuous funding to people committed to living and working in the Washington region as actors, designers, administrators, and the many other jobs that create theatre in our community.
The goal is to raise one million dollars this year, and with the generosity of over one thousand donors and a matching grant from the Revada Foundation of the Logan Family, we have raised above $700,000 since 2020.