From Lonita Cook:
Being out in these trenches to support others during the pandemic ain’t no easy feat. Everyone has suffered 2020 in some unbelievable way. But a band of theater professionals in Kansas City has risen above its own wrestling match with brawler-ass COVID to ensure some semblance of healing for fellow artists.
Used to be that Philip Hooser, a Kansas City performer and writer, witnessed the performing arts as unifying the community. Hooser hasn’t worked since his foot was amputated last year after complications from diabetes. That, coupled with the nearly complete shutdown of Kansas City's performing arts because of the pandemic, led him to get food and other necessities from the Theatre Community Fund of Kansas City, currently being housed in the Unicorn Theatre.
From KC Studio:
The COVID-19 has hurt all aspects of the economy since March, and theater professionals are among those hit the hardest. Some actors, stage managers and designers saw a year’s worth of paying jobs vanish as theater companies were forced to cancel shows and entire seasons.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As local theaters remain closed due to COVID-19, two organizations are partnering to provide grants for local actors, stage managers, directors and technicians.
In recent months, a new organization called Theatre Community Fund of Kansas City has teamed up with local theaters to host food drives, including ones at outdoor performances at Union Cemetery and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
From The Pitch:
With actors, designers, costumers, and musicians out of work, a new organization, Theatre Community Fund of Kansas City, has emerged to collaborate with local theaters to host food drives.
In order to provide assistance to local theater artists who have lost work due to the pandemic, Theater League has designated funds from its endowment to distribute grants of up to $500 to actors, stage managers, designers and technicians in need. The newly formed Theatre Community Fund of Kansas City (TCF) will assist the League in identifying local theater artists in need and helping distribute these grants.