Help for Theater Workers
Tarrant County theater group steps up to support artists amid pandemic
The Live Theatre League of Tarrant County, made up of 17 theater companies around Fort Worth, has established a relief fund for area theater artists and personnel who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Unlike other relief programs, this one is designed for individuals, not companies.
Anyone associated with theater arts may apply — including, but not limited to, directors, technicians, designers, choreographers, musicians, actors, and support staff. Those chosen will receive a one-time grant of $250.
The league is also asking for donations from the public to help support these efforts. The Live Theatre League is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, so donations to the fund are tax-deductible. They have set a goal of $125,000 for the fund.
The pandemic has closed most theaters in Tarrant County for months, causing job losses for some 500 actors, directors, designers, technicians, carpenters, crew and support staff, the organization says.
“The Live Theatre League of Tarrant County has a long tradition of our theaters working together and in support of each other,” said Joe Brown, president of the board of directors, in a statement. “We are a theater family, and while our theaters are working through the artistic and financial challenges during this pandemic themselves, we are proud that we can support the individual theater artists, technicians, and various staff that have lost financial resources during this time.”
Applicants will be screened and authorized by a panel consisting of producers from the Live Theatre League. Depending on the number of applicants, expected distribution of grants is between 5-7 business days.
To apply for relief or to donate to the fund, visit www.livetheatreleague.org.