Playwrights Project gratefully acknowledges the following contributions.

Foundation and Corporate Gifts

Balboa Park Kiwanis Foundation
Boys & Girls Foundation
Community Service Association of
   San Diego Unified School District
The Dorsey & Whitney Foundation
Michael Ehrenfeld Insurance Company
The Samuel I. & John Henry Fox Foundation
Sidney E. Frank Foundation
The Gold Diggers
The James Irvine Foundation
JCFSD-Weingart Grants Program of the
   Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego
Kinder Morgan
Kiwanis Club of La Jolla
Kiwanis Club of Old San Diego
Ken Jacques Photography
Sheila and Jeffrey Lipinsky Family Fund
Mandell Weiss Charitable Trust
The Richard M. Metcalfe II Memorial Fund of the San Diego Foundation
Mira Mesa Self Storage
The Parker Foundation
The Arthur & Jeanette Pratt Memorial Fund
Allison & Robert Price Family Foundation Fund of the
   Jewish Community Foundation
Qualcomm® Incorporated
Qualcomm Matching Gift Program
ResMed Foundation
Dr. Seuss Foundation
The San Diego Foundation
Sempra Energy Foundation
The Thursday Club
Torrey Pines Bank
Gary and Mary West Foundation

Government Grants

California Arts Council
City of Carlsbad's Cultural Arts Office
City of Encinitas & the Mizel Family Foundation Community
   Grant Program
City of San Diego Commission for Arts & Culture
National Endowment for the Arts

Founders Circle of the Deborah Salzer Arts Education Fund

Anonymous (2)
Joyce Axelrod
Lisa and Kirt Bonebrake
Michael J. Davis
Gwyn Enright
Favrot Fund
Bobbie and Jon Gilbert
Vicki Hamilton and David Carr
Lisa and Steven Kradjian
Law Office of Karen M. Ladner
The Jeffrey and Sheila Lipinsky Family Foundation
Susan and Ron Styn
Renee and Charles Taubman

Dramaturg Level ~ Individual Gifts of $1,000+

Molly and Charles Brazell
Vicki Hamilton & David Carr
Susan Finkelstein
Judy and Bill Garrett
Mrs. Audrey Geisel
Mary Harrison
Ingrid and Jerry Hoffmeister
Ann Hornby, MD
Holly Smith Jones
Karen Ladner & Todd Stone
Sheila and Jeffrey Lipinsky
Mr. & Mrs. William B. Macomber II
Sarah Price-Keating
Teofla Rich
Linda Rose
Vaishnav Srinivas
Gene Summ
Molli and Arthur Wagner
Patricia & Christopher Weil

Designer Level ~ Individual Gifts of $500+

Ellen Cherin
Ishita & Pranav Dayal
H. Patricia Don Vito
Claudia & Michael Ehrenfeld
Kathy Krevat
Nancy Houser
Linda & Stuart Robinson
Kathryn Russum
Julie & Jay Sarno
Susan & Ron Styn
Anna Warpe-Lillian

Actor Level ~ Individual Gifts of $100+

Joyce Axelrod
Beverly & Phil Bennett
Les Birdsall
Cheryl & David Brin
Linda Castro & Jeff Hatfield
Michelle Conde
Norma & William Davila
Yanping & Robert Erwin
Elsa Feher
Michel Glouchevitch
Georgia Gomez-Ibanez, in honor of Deborah Salzer
June Gottleib
Karen Hartman
Ursula Kantor
Jean & Gordon Kelly
Martin Kevorkian
Margaret Klingensmith
Bernard Kulchin
Melissa Ladner
Anna C. Lewis & Josh Slater (Jewish Community Foundation Fund)
Judy and Marshall Lewis
Mary & Alfred Manaster
Ernie McCray
Naomi & Kevin McLean
Joan Nelson
Pete Nolan & Kristi Jaska
Sheryl North
Doris & Bob Reed
Jodyne Roseman
Deborah & Beeb Salzer
Eileen Samuels, in memory of Mollie Samuels
Julie and Jay Sarno
Martin Schwartz and Susan Boiko
Kathleen Snyder
Jeanette Stevens
Sylvia Tiersten
Erica Ueland
Sharon & John Western
Suzanne & Kurt Whitman
Judith Wunsch
Maria & Randy Zack

Playwrights Circle ~ Individual Gifts under $100

Maxine Anderson
Hiam & David Baum
Carol & Rober Delillo
Elsa Feher
Lori Good
Lynn & Mark Hofflund
Lynn Jennings
Trina & Ted Kaplan
Dee & George Kirazian
Jim & Rosemary Knable
Judith Krumholz
Glen Lambert & Martha Cronin
Hannah Logan
Heidi Lyon
Talma & Ezra Maguen
Keith Mautner
Marilyn & Arthur Neumann
Darlene Palmer
Elaine & Mark Regan
Savannah Sincoff
Gwen H. Small
Arshagouhi Tavitian

Grants Corner

Playwrights Project thanks our donors for their support.  We are pleased to announce these recent grants:

Qualcomm Foundation's grant of $50,000 supports our in-school playwriting programs for at risk youth, including programs in low income neighborhoods, Juvenile Court and Community Schools, juvenile hall and pregnant minors programs.


The James Irvine Foundation for its generosity and vision. The multi-year grant, awarded in 2013, continues to support new play development with the following adult populations:

  • Adults who experienced foster care (Telling Stories)
  • Mexican-American immigrants (Border Lines)
  • Active military and veterans (About Face)
  • Incarcerated and former inmates (Out of the Yard)


The Sidney E. Frank Foundation awarded Playwrights Project a grant of $33,500 in support of our Write On! standards-based playwriting program conducted in schools throughout San Diego County during the 2014-2015 school year.

The Balboa Park Kiwanis Foundation awarded Playwrights Project a multi-year grant of $25,000 in support of our education programs for youth.

Mandell Weiss Charitable Trust, a local leader in philanthropy for the arts, has again provided $10,000 in underwriting for Plays by Young Writers, to be produced at The Old Globe in Balboa Park in January 2016.

Support from state and local agencies has a large impact on our programming:

National Endowment for the Arts: An Arts Education: Art Works grant of $15,000 is supporting playwriting residencies for underserved populations in San Diego schools, including programs for students in juvenile court schools, pregnant minors, homeless teens and English language learners. Matching funds are required. Your support is welcome.


The San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture continues to provide the most critical support to the arts community by providing general operating support.


The California Arts Council, through its Artists in Schools program, awarded us a matching grant, supporting playwriting residencies at San Ysidro Middle School; Creative, Performing and Media Arts Middle School; and the Preuss School/UCSD this year. We also received funding through the new JUMP StArts program, which supports quality arts education and artists-in-residence programs for at-risk youth within the juvenile justice system. The CAC is primarily supported by the sale of Arts License Plates. Do you have one on your car?

Additionally, in partnership with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the California Arts Council has contracted with several organizations throughout the state to provide rehabilitative arts services in state correctional facilities. Playwrights Project is partnering with one of those organizations, William James Association, to provide playwriting to inmates at Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility.


In-Kind Support

Koko Beach Restaurant
Mira Mesa Self Storage
Reminisce Photography