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UMW Theatre is committed to helping students create extraordinary lives for themselves. We believe that through the process of developing theatre professionals we help students discover their future selves and their potential to have an impact on our world. We also are steadfast in our belief that we want all UMW students to recognize the power of theatre to enhance the quality of their lives long after they leave our gorgeous campus.

 

Creating theatre is costly. Our demand for resources far exceeds that of the income at the box office from ticket sales and the support we receive from the university. We want our students to be active on our stages, in our shops, in our classrooms, and in the world beyond UMW. To that end we support creative projects, internships, workshops, and professional education opportunities for our students that enhance their ability to be competitive in the professional job market. Our ability to offer the opportunities to our students sets UMW Theatre apart from many other theatre programs across the country. The enormous success of our graduates is a testament to our ability to have a life-changing effect on our students.

 

Your support has a direct impact on the lives of our students, many of whom struggle to make ends meet. We want all of our students to have access to opportunities to find themselves in this work and we are diligent in our efforts to help every student achieve their goals. Your gifts support national industry conference attendance for our students, important auditions and portfolio reviews, guest artists for networking events, materials and supplies for creative projects, royalties for student productions, professional residencies, and scholarships for students who find themselves short of the resources they need to make ends meet.

 

Last year five of our students were selected (in a highly-competitive process) to attend the Strawhat Professional Auditions in New York City; evidence of the growing reputation of our program and the talent of our students. Your support helped these students meet the expenses involved with these auditions.

 

Last summer one of our students was able to attend the Prague Quadrennial in the Czech Republic, a gathering of professionals working in performance design and an exhibit of cutting edge work in the field. Several others served in professional internships at prestigious theatres—Arena Stage, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Theatre at Monmouth, Cortland Repertory Theatre, Firehouse Theatre, and the Contemporary American Theatre Festival.

 

Your gifts make it possible for our students to push beyond their wildest imaginings of what a career in the theatre can be. But your support helps them in other ways, too. For Lewis, it is the opportunity to see live theatre in Washington, DC, even though his family is experiencing a challenging time meeting his day-to-day college expenses.  For Victoria, it is the opportunity to direct an important play in Studio 115 without having to worry about the financial implications of scripts and royalties. For Lydia, it is the chance to spend a month in rehearsal for Silent Sky at Ford’s Theatre on an internship arranged by our stage management professor. For NiaOliviaJess, Maddie, LydiaRiley, Rachel, Jackson, and Diana, it was the opportunity to attend the Virginia Theatre Association pre-screening auditions to hone their audition skills and begin the process of launching their acting careers.

 

These are a few of the many ways your gifts help our students. Won’t you join us in writing more stories of the ways our students discover their potential because of your help?

 

You are our partner in this work and we are ever grateful to have you with us on this journey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mary Louise Holmes '97 Challenge for 1,908 gifts
When we reach 1,908 gifts, in honor of our founding year, Mary Louise Holmes '97 will make a gift of $5,000 to the Fund for Mary Washington. Make your gift today and help us reach 1,908 gifts to unlock an additional $5,000!
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Philo Funk Rosenfeld ’72, 3000 Gifts Challenge
When we reach our goal of 3,000 gifts on Mary Wash Giving Day, Philo Funk Rosenfeld ‘72 will make a gift of $5,000 to the Fund for Mary Washington . Make your gift today and help us reach 3,000 gifts to unlock an additional $5,000!
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Young Alumni Council New Donor Challenge
When 150 young alumni (classes of 2010-2019) make their first-ever gift to UMW, the members of the Young Alumni Council will make a $1,500 gift to the Fund for Mary Washington! Be one of the 150 to unlock this challenge!
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Class of 2020 Challenge
Vice President for Advancement and University Relations Lisa Jamison Bowling '89 is issuing a challenge to the senior class. When 100 gifts are received from members of the Class of 2020 on Mary Wash Giving Day, Lisa will give $1,000 to the Fund for Mary Washington.
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The Parent Match
A parent of a UMW Theatre Grad will match gifts from parents of alumni up to $1,000.
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The UMW Theatre Student Challenge
Polly Updegraff Champ '61, friend of UMW Theatre and alum, will double any gift given by current UMW Theatre students or their families up to $1000.
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The Give2Theatre GOLD Alumni Challenge
If UMW Theatre GOLD (Graduate of the Last Decade) Alumni donate $1250 to UMW Theatre, the parents of a GOLD Alumna will DOUBLE the gift!
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The UMW Theatre Backstage Pass Challenge
Two long-time friends of UMW Theatre and avid Backstage Passers will match gifts up to $1,000 for any prior or current Backstage Pass participants!
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Dollars Raised Leaderboard
Which area is receiving the most funding?
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Farrell First-Time Donor Challenge
Lynne ’62 and Paul Farrell are issuing a special challenge to inspire new donors to support Mary Washington. If we receive gifts from 1,000 first-time donors on Giving Day, we will unlock the Farrells’ $10,000 gift to the Fund for Mary Washington! This is the most ambitious Giving Day goal we have ever set, and we’re counting on our new donors—alumni, parents, students, family members, faculty, staff, and friends of the University—to unlock this challenge gift! Gifts of all amounts count toward the challenge—just be sure to select "Yes" when asked if this is your first-ever gift to the University when you make your gift!
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Margaret Birch '79 New Donor Challenge
When 250 alumni make their first-ever gift to UMW, a gift of $2,500 to the Fund for Mary Washington will be unlocked from alumna Margaret Birch '79. Alumni, make your first-ever gift and help unlock an additional $2,500 for our students!
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$1,000
Lee ’04 and Karli Murray ’05 Married Alumni Challenge:
When 50 gifts are received from alumni who are married to other alumni, Lee and Karli will give $1,000 to the Fund for Mary Washington! Married alumni, make your gift to any area to help unlock an extra $1,000 to benefit students!
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Dr. Theresa and Dr. Bill Crawley 70’s Challenge
Dr. Theresa Young Crawley ‘77 and Dr. William B. Crawley, Jr. are challenging alumni from the 1970s! If 100 alumni from the 1970s make a gift on Mary Wash Giving Day, it will unlock a $25,000 gift from the Crawleys to support scholarships at Mary Washington.  Make your gift today and help increase the impact of your gift!
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The UMW Theatre Fac/Staff Challenge
Retired professor, Roger Kenvin will match gifts from faculty and staff up to $1,000.
$2,000
The UMW Theatre Alumni Challenge
A Mary Wash Theatre Grad will give a gift of $2,000 when UMW Theatre reaches 100 gifts from alumni.
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The Give2Theatre Music Video Challenge
Loyal UMW Theatre patrons will give a gift of $1,000 if the UMW Theatre Giving Day Music Video gets shared more than 100 times before the end of Giving Day!
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Which class is in the lead for total number of gifts?
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