Friday, April 3, 2020 | 12:30pm
Dear Studio East Family,
During these weeks of isolation I find myself focusing more on the things that ultimately mean the most: friends, family, and joy. Through all of the grief and uncertainty, I find that these things ground me and help me to continue facing the challenges that each day brings with a glimpse of optimism.
I am fortunate to be surrounded by like-minded souls at Studio East. The unity of our staff, board, and artists has been reinforced by the responsiveness of our community. We are so appreciative of the outpouring of support we have received from you and I wanted to take a moment and share some of the good news that you have helped to create.
Our education department, led by Corey Dunne, has been working endless hours along with our teaching artists to pivot to an online format and create a spring class schedule with really great offerings. We’ve received 95 registrations in our first week!
Help is on the way with the new CARES act stimulus package! We are grateful to all of the representatives and senators who worked diligently to include small businesses and nonprofits in this bill. We are submitting our loan application to the SBA along with millions of others and hoping for the best. We know that even with approval for the maximum amount of benefits, the relief package alone will not be enough to pull us through to the other side of the pandemic, but it will definitely play a large role in our recovery.
Because the need is so great, you will see us continue to offer opportunities to help support us financially. This week we opened a new campaign called, Ticket to Our Future. Already, 68 tickets have been claimed! This campaign will continue for a few more weeks and when we can once again gather at the studio; the lobby walls adorned with donor tickets will be a beautiful demonstration of love and support.
This makes me so proud, knowing that our entire community has come together even in dealing with probably the biggest challenges of our generation. Thank you!
These collective efforts allow us to continue serving our mission throughout the pandemic. Please know that Studio East is committed to keep doing what we do best through our love of theater; connecting people and helping them find the joy that is needed always, and especially now.
Be safe and well,
Angela Gist, Managing Director