Hello from our new building at 602 E. Mishawaka Avenue in Mishawaka!

This is definitely a mind-boggling time, full of uncertainty and fear. And although this is a long intermission, we feel positive that if we all pull together to survive – we will THRIVE. In this spirit, Acting Ensemble is participating in #GivingTuesdayNow, a new global day of giving and unity taking place on May 5, 2020 as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. Below, I’ve highlighted some of the Acting Ensemble activities that are taking place during this intermission. Unfortunately, as a small, all-volunteer arts organization, we have not been eligible for most of the stimulus funds available to larger organizations. With a new building and the necessary construction, the lack of income could not have happened at a worse time for us. There are some ideas at the end of this message for how you can help.

Since we last met, a lot has happened with Acting Ensemble. We have moved all our worldly possessions into our new building and have been working behind the scenes to renovate our building, put together a kicker season for next year and develop some new ideas that involve virtual theater experiences. We are looking forward to bringing you fresh ideas and exciting theater as soon as we can!

We have so MUCH to be grateful for. We finally have a building to call our own – almost 5000 square feet, with room for costumes, props, a backstage area and a scene shop. Our architectural plans were passed, enabling us to get permits for renovation. We have zoom! So, we continue to meet to develop our late-night season, plan the reschedule of Trivia Night and look forward with our Board of Directors. We have an innovative group of artists who are developing ideas to involve new audiences. And our play reading committee is in a reading frenzy, taking full advantage of the extra time at home.

Most of all, we are thankful for you, our patrons, donors and sponsors. You continue to come through for us, and you make the difference between success and failure for a small organization like ours. YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE! Thank you.

Here are some ways for you to participate with us in #GivingTuesdayNow:

– Send us your stories of gratitude during the time of COVID. What are you thankful for? We will publish them, anonymously if you want, on our Facebook and web pages. Share your experience. Have you seen examples of generosity in our community? Random acts of kindness? Positive changes that have come BECAUSE of our recent lifestyle changes?

– Like us on Facebook and share this email with your friends network.

– Donate to the Acting Ensemble! We need your help to continue in our mission to provide quality alternative theater to the greater South Bend/Mishawaka area (and to finish getting our new building ready!). And, during this fundraising time, we have a generous donor who will match the first $1000 that comes in! That means for every dollar you contribute, Acting Ensemble will get two! Click on the “Support Us” button above to donate..

So finally, THANK YOU for sticking with us and making our lives richer. Thank you for your continued support. We will see you after this looooong intermission, just as soon as we can safely and responsibly meet again. Until then, stay safe and be well.


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