Performing Arts Worker Relief Fund
Performing Arts Worker Relief Fund

Theatre Bay Area, in partnership with Dancers’ Group and InterMusic SF, launched the COVID-19: Performing Arts Worker Relief Fund on March 20, 2020 as a resource for performing arts workers who are facing a loss of income due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

  • The relief fund has raised over $536,545
  • Distributed $463,250 through 634 grants to individual performing arts workers

TBA is  grateful to have been able to provide some amount of relief to these grantees with the help of more than 623 individual donors and funders, but the immense need remains.

  • 174 applications remain on the waitlist to be funded
  • Approximately 15 new applications are submitted every week








A few quotes from past Performing Arts Worker Relief Fund Grantees!

arts workers need your support
Our goal is to raise $140,000 in order to fund applications both on the waitlist and newly submitted applications. No donation is too small, and every bit of support will make an impact on the arts workers in our Bay Area community.

As the pandemic continues and with theatres still closed, Theatre Bay Area remains committed to serving the Bay Area performing arts community.



With the closure of arts venues and cancellation of shows, and with shelter-in-place orders due to COVID-19, workers in the performing arts have lost untold amounts of expected income. Many are losing secondary income (teaching jobs, restaurant/bar jobs, gig work) as well. Most of these artists were already living very close to the margin in our high-cost-of-living area, and have no emergency funds to fall back on. We want to make sure our Bay Area arts workers have the immediate relief they need to survive this crisis.

If you would like to join the artists and performing arts supporters who have made tax-deductible donations to the Performing Arts Worker Relief Fund, please click here to donate online or contact development officer Shannon Davis at Due to the current shelter-in-place orders, limited staff is in the physical office once a week to collect mail. Please send checks to Theatre Bay Area, 1119 Market St. 2nd Floor, San Francisco CA 94103.

Thank you in advance for your generosity and be well.

Unable to donate at this time? Lend support by spreading the word!

  1. DOWNLOAD the Marketing Toolkit for the Relief Fund
  2. POST to your social media and EBLAST your fellow arts workers and arts supporters

Want more information on the Relief Fund?

  • DOWNLOAD the Relief Fund one-sheet (coming soon!)
  • READ the full guidelines and information for the Relief Fund

Thank you to our generous donors!

See the full list of individual donors and institutional funders.

Partnering with the relief fund is a fantastic way to give back to our severely impacted performing arts community. Whether you are part of a non-arts-related business interested in donating a portion of your proceeds, a teacher interested in giving a percentage of your weekly classes, or an artist looking to support other artists through a live streamed show, we would love to partner with you! No donation is too small, and every bit of support will make an impact on the arts workers in our Bay Area community. 

If you are interested in partnering with the Performing Arts Worker Relief Fund, please contact Shannon Davis, development officer, at

Giving Saturday at ShadowOfaDancer

Theatre Bay Area is thrilled to partner with ShadowOfaDancer, the performing art and instruction service offered by Jessica Woodman. She has generously agreed to donate 10% of the proceeds from her "Giving Saturday" classes of  GYROKINESIS® Online:Flow to the Performing Arts Worker Relief Fund. You can register for a "Giving Saturday" class here.

Q: Who is eligible to apply to the Performing Arts Worker Relief Fund?

“Performing arts workers” includes all aspects of the performing arts including actors, administrators, box office/event staff, carpenters, dancers, designers, directors, dramaturgs, musicians, playwrights, production staff, singers, teaching artists, technicians, etc.

Any resident of the San Francisco Bay Area who has worked professionally or vocationally in local performing arts, who has been an active participant in the arts community (those whose life’s work is the performing arts, regardless of the income derived from work in the performing arts) and has experienced a loss of income due to COVID-19  because of:

  • Cancelled performance/s
  • Loss of performing arts work
  • Loss of supplemental income/job

Q: How do I apply for the Performing Arts Worker Relief Fund?

Please know that all applications are important to us, and please keep in mind that the total number of grants given each week is entirely dependent upon the funds raised each week. Applications are funded in order of priority of need and availability of funds.

Panels are held to review applications on an ongoing basis after approximately 50 new applications are submitted. Notifications of your application status will be sent to all applicants every Friday evening. At that time, you will be notified that you have received funding; that your application is waiting to be reviewed; or that your application is on the waitlist and will be reviewed the next week. The total number of grants given each week will be dependent upon the funds raised.


Learn more about applying from TBA's membership and events associate Mikah Johnson

Guidelines & Grant Information for the Relief Fund

Kim Cohan
Programs Manager

$50,000 and Up

The Baker Street Foundation
$50,000 to $99,999

The Margaret E. Haas Foundation
Peggy Haas
$30,000 to $49,999

Zellerbach Family Foundation
Matthew Cohen

$10,000 to $29,999

Anonymous Donor
Walter & Elise Haas Fund
RHE Charitable Foundation
Wendy vanden Heuval
American Conservatory Theater
The Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation
$5,000 to $9,999

Kathy King & Gerald Cahill
David Cohan & Sharon Jacobs
Mary L. Bianco
Ed Baumstein
Myles Rowland
Roussey Family Charitable Fund
$3,000 to $4,999
Anonymous Donor
Charlene & Derry Kabcenell
Anonymous Donor
Anyomous Donor
$1,000 to $2,999

Aaron Loeb
Cheryl & George Zatkin-Steres
Enrique Henestroza Anguiano
Katherine Bukstein
Mary Martinson
Joe Mader
Anne Simons
Anonymous Donor
Brady Lea
Cynthia Sears
Drama Association of Rossmoor
Emeri & Brad Handler
Jean Fichtenkort
Jennifer Sousae
John & Rose Henderson
John & Wynne Dobyns
John Warren & Ashley Boyd
Kristine Kelly
Lauren Rhodes
Linda Lucero
Mark Vermeulen
Marsha & Robert Choen-Feyer
Nancy Marks
Richard Merrill
Russell Nelson
Sam Test
Sukey Lilienthal
Todd & Misha Stein
$500 to $999
Luba Markoff
Robert Weiner
Jerry Metzker
Armando and Tonia Fox
Brian Forney
Tiju Rebane
Lisa Wymore and Sheldon Smith
Min Kahng
Christine P Macomber
Alger Ciabattoni
Anne Hambly
Anonymous Donor
Anonymous Donor
Barbara Scheifler
Beverley Franklin
Borenstein-Strauss Family Fund
Bradford Crowell
Brian Gurewitz
Carolyn Wales
Cary Rosko
Colleen McCarthy and Michael Economy
Anonymous Donor
Dean Grason
Debra Lambert
Elizabeth Wright
Ellen Geringer
Erin Stuart
Gail MacGowan
Gail Hillebrand
George Quan
Anonymous Donor
Jessica Bird Beza
Jill Matichak
Jim Kleinmann
John Simpson
Julie Montanari & Dave Pearson
Kate Mitchell
Kent Scott
Kim Williams
Mary Lou Torre
Matthew McNulty
Muriel Kaplan
Nancy Quinn
Pamela Mackinnon
Patricia Silver
Robina Riccitiello
Russell Bartoli
Ryan Cohen
Shannon Davis and Josh Zatkin-Steres
Steve and Victoria Zatkin
Tom Bruett
$200 to $499
Anonymous Donor
Michael Stephens
Naya Chang
Donald Brooks
Laura Von Hacht Mattos
Michael Katz
Sheila Balter
Emily Bold
Patricia Milton
Karl Pribram
Rose-Vincent Lyon
Marguerite Schimandle
Ann Rankin
Annamarie MacLeod
Cleayon Smith
Dale Albright
Edward Minder Harvery Wainapel
Karen Long
Karen Schroeder
Kris Vecere
Paul Heller
Saundra Lewis
April Durrett
Tamara Smart
Alex Branka
Amy Pernick
Ann Wu
Brandon Callender
Cara Chrisman
Charles Casey
Cynthia Francis
Debbie Chinn
Denise Waldron
Don Hoffman
Frances Philips
Hebe Beard
Jake Saper
Jim Maloney
John Maull
Karen Koster
Kristina Omari
Marcia Settel
Marissa Skudlarek
Nancy B Ranney
Paul Drexler
Rasika Kumar
Scott Stewart
Susan West
Susie Medak
Bob Haxo
Anonymous Donor
Brad Erickson
Anonymous Donor
Allyce Kimerling
Barbara Petterson
Bill Walker
Bruce Carlton
Carolyn Power
Carrie Blanding
Cathy Stonie
Constance Chang
Cindy Cannady
Deanna Masgay
Ella Hirst
Erin Perry
Jennifer Halsing
Jessica Anderson
Joanie McBrien
Julia Peppard
Karin Lea
Kristen Matia
Lauren Gunderson
Marcia Lazer
Michael Champlin
Robert Sloss
Ross Kelley
Sofia Ahmad
Stephanie Desnoyers
Tegan McLane
Tegan McLand and Erric Cowger
Tina Rutsch
Valerie Weak
$100 to $199
Aileen Kim
Derek Kingsley
Elizabeth Gjelten
Jaron Vesely
Jennifer Brody
Roy Conboy
Sara DuBois
Jessica Woodman
Alona Bach
Deborah Ruth
Abigail Schrock
Alissa Sanchez
Aliza Schnayer
Alyssa Hammond
Amy Potozkin
Ann Hopkins
Anne Cleary
Anne Hallinan
Anne Lyttle
Ariel Craft
Barbara Hodgen
Barbara Scrafford
Barbara Shapiro
Bobbe Klezmer
Bonnie Gamble
Brian Thorstenson
Charlotte Brockman
Chrisann Brennan
Christen Sottolano
Claire Savage
Corinne O'Sullivan
Cynthia O'Malley
Danielle Cain
Darlene Popovic
Dave Schweisguth
Deborah Black
Destiny Muhammad
Dexter Lowry
Elizabeth Longacre
Ellen and Donald Schell
Ellen Siegelman
Emily Morris
Emmett Berg
Fawn Fitter
Frieda de Lackner
George Doeltz
George Maguire
H Kamimoto
Heather Ross
Henry Milich
Ian Hunter
Jack Nicolaus
James Cave
Jan Lecklikner
Jane Courant
Janet Berckfeldt
Janice Sager
JoAnne Winter
John and Susan Richmond
John Ruskin
Anonymous Donor
Kari Kiernan
Katherine Mills
Ken Caldeira
Kevin Hickey
Kevin Jim
Kevin Smokler
Kimberly Hill
Laura Poppiti
Lauren Berman
Lex Leifheit
Lily Yang
Lynette Pang
Margery Eriksson
Marjorie Crump-Shears
Mark Robinson
Mary Vogt
May Allam
Meryl Shaw
Michael Sterling
Michael Cooke
Michael Hays
Michael Markwell
Michelle Bertraun
Michelle Mullholland
Mimi Lou
Monica Howard
Anonymous Donor
Nancy McCormick
Naomi Evans
Patricia Reedy
Patrick Jones
Pete Shoemaker
Peter Guerrero
Peter Whitehead
Rachel Bakker
Rachel Medanic
Rebecca Ennals
Rebecca Novick
Robert Mison
Robin Ball
Robin Wander
Rosemary Rodd
Roy Otis
Ruth Konoff
Sara Sparks
Sarah Butler
Sophia Naylor
Steven Hibshman
Steven McClary
Steven Pasholk
Susan Harloe
Susan McCreary
Suzie Shepard
Ted Russell
TehShan Lee
Thomas Owen
Tom Bruett
Velina Brown
Vivienne Hsu
Walter Leatherman
Wayne Canterbury
$1 to $99
Derek Sanchez
Derrick Domingo
Jason Lai
Jessica Richards
Maxine Sattizahn
Rachel Kizuka
Shafer Mazow
Cecilia Espadas
Jenn Poret
Len Nathan
Joel Schaffer
Alex Madonik
Any Donald
Anonymous Donor
Benjamin Yalom
Bonnie Fought
Brilliant Hua
Bryan Pangilinan
Craig Raphael
D. Perkins
Dan Wolf
Daniel Jewett
Darrow Chan
David Hirata
Deborah Adabachi
Deborah Cortez
Elizabeth Boubion
Elizabeth Carpenter
Elizabeth Marxen
Ellie Rovira
Eowyn Mader
Everett Jacobs
Francisco Lopez
Anonymous Donor
Jane Lea
Janet Eustis
Jeffrey Raz
Jessica M Powell
Joan Hammes
John Gragnani
John Levin
Joseph Stillwell
Joshua Castro
Katherine Dlesk
Kimberly Knowles
Leah Tarlen
Leigh Henderson
Leslie Dean
Lisa Aaron
Margaret Robbins
Margaret Wu
Margo Hall
Maria Jelvis
Maria Lo
Matt Weimer
Max Williams
Michael Mize
Michelle Honchariw
Molly Stewart-Cohan
Nicole Jost
Nicole Lumetta
Pam Hong
Philip Carberry
Priska Neely
Rachel Long
Reetta Raag
Reva Harris
Rica Anderson
Richard Turner
Richard Zeyin
Robert Siegel
Sarah Moser
Sibyl O'Malley
Susan Meadows
Terri Rock
Tilda Kapuya
Tuesday Ray
Vicky Au-yeung
Vonn Bair
Wendy Belden
Zarrin Ferdowsi
Colin Thomson
Edwin Lo
Elizabeth Vega
Irene Phuong Van
Randy Girer
Stephane Alwyn
Elise Riley
Judy Mellberg
Kathleen Gaines
Martin Rokeach
Cabrilla Reyes
Justin Hernandez
Monique Adams
Alanna McFall
Angelica Sophia
Annette Lai
Audrey Leland
Brian Haberly
Carla Lucero
Christopher Fitzsimmons
Claudia Haas
Deborah Spangler
Elizabeth Appell
Eric Garcia
Giovanna Sardelli
Herkirn Rai
Hilary Heuer
Janet Byron
Julie Herrod-Lumsden
Kate Robinson
Katherine Goldman
Kathryn Hendess
Kelsey Clark
Kevin Singer
Lisa Morse
Mario Moreno
Megan Panero-Eley
Michael Roth
Myra Chackin
Naomi Fa-Kaji
Noel Escobar
Patricia Koning
Phil Santora
Randy Mano
Robin Cavagnolo
Ruth Levin
Susan Shay
Terry Rise
Torange Yeghiazarian
William Cosgriff
Christian Schwarz
Consuelo Jimenez
Dan Herron
Gail Rubman
Jared Novak
Jennifer Le Blanc
Julia Jackson
Karen Hirst
Mary Trevor
Skyler Garcia
Alisa Wong
Damian Vega
Katie Craddock
Katie Krueger
Lauren Gorski
Nico Crisafulli
Hanna Schultheis-Gerry
Meredith Metcalf