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Charitable contributions are crucial and the life blood to our mission-critical work of creating new theatre audiences and providing a creative outlet for all people. Producing high quality theatre performances while serving our region with our education and community programs are chief among our mission driven institutional objectives. Nearly 88 % of our annual operating budget comes from charitable, tax-deductible contributions like yours. Your gifts make it possible for us to provide all people in various communities quality theatre experiences and contributes to the regions over-all creative economy.

The Essential Theatre is a 501(c) (3) non profit organization. All contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law in the United States of America.

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    Photo of Ella Joyce in "A Rose Among Thorns: A Tribute to Rosa Parks", Photo by Sharon C. Farmer Photography)

  • A couple of people on stage in front of some people.

    Presentation of Bright Star Touring Children Theatre, Photo by Sharon C. Farmer Photography

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    The Carer Post-performance discussion panelist, Photo by Sylvia Hanjoo Lee

It’s Essential!

Women Addiction and the People Who Love Them, a panel discussion featuring Linda Washington Weaver, Richard Watson and Dr. Kokayi Patterson, moderated by Stanice Anderson. A discussion on substance abuse disorders during Women’s History Month in conjunction with world premiere “People for Whom the World Spins and Turns,” by James J. Hsiao, MD