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Dana Harrison Fund for Theatre and Social Justice

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Theatre Bay Area suffered a devastating jolt in the loss of our former Managing Director, Dana Harrison. Dana passed away, with little warning, on March 9, 2018 of a particularly virulent strain of lung cancer. She was just 57.

For those of us who knew Dana she was a cosmic explosion of life – ferociously intelligent, burning with passion, overflowing with compassion, and hard as nails when she needed to be. Few in our community have as great a passion for advancing justice in and through theatre as Dana had. Dana served as staff lead for TBA’s Gender Parity Committee working with the members of that group to effect real change and open equal access to opportunity, regardless of gender identity, in all positions within our theatre community.

In honor of Dana and of her passion and unshakeable belief, we launch the Dana Harrison Fund for Theatre and Social Justice. The Fund, which we plan to administer in perpetuity, will be dedicated to supporting programs that advance justice in our theatre community and through our theatre community.

TBA’s executive committee has authorized that the first year of the Fund will be committed to underwriting our new initiative to advance equity, diversity and inclusion in our theatre community. Partnering with Carmen Morgan and the renown trainers at artEquity,  this fall we will launch a ten-company cohort, working intensively with representatives from these organizations, while we simultaneously roll out field-wide convenings and opportunities for learning, awareness raising and skill-building, all in an effort to confront racism and bias and advance justice in theatre. The work is being supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Zellerbach Foundation, but those funds cover only half of the project. We are committing the Dana Harrison Fund to advance this crucial work.

Please join TBA’s board in honoring Dana’s memory through the Dana Harrison Fund for Theatre and Social Justice.