By AARON KRAUSE
If you wish to support unemployed local theater artists and others left jobless due to COVID-19, the South Florida Theatre League can help you help them.
The league established The South Florida Theatre League Relief Fund. It will allow theater companies to compensate artists and other employees laid off because shows and events were cancelled.
The league is seeding the fund with money originally budgeted for its annual Soiree. It’s informally called the “After Party,” a major networking event. The gathering takes place after the annual Carbonell Awards, South Florida’s version of Broadway’s Tony Awards. The Carbonells honor top achievements in South Florida theater.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, officials have postponed this year’s ceremony and the nominee ice cream social.
According to southfloridatheatre.org, the board hopes that a “sizable fund” will result from monies budgeted for the Soiree as well as past and present donations.
Andie Arthur, the league’s executive director, said in published reports that “many local artists, as well as those who work behind the scenes in box offices, technician booths and scene and costume shops have lost their main source of income as this pandemic has closed all theaters across our region.”
But even after the crisis ends, league officials plan to keep the fund operational. That way, money will be available in future crises, such as hurricanes.
The South Florida Theatre League is an “alliance of theatrical organizations and professionals dedicated to nurturing, promoting and advocating for the growth and prestige of the South Florida theater industry,” according to its website at southfloridatheatre.org.
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