The Yard's Milk Money Funding Campaign

Organized by: The Yard

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THE STORY:

Founded by Mechelle Moe & Joel Ewing, The Yard is a professional youth driven theater company that seeks to tell stories that explore, challenge, and give voice to the issues confronting our young people today. Through artistic mentorship as well as working with a diverse variety of professional theatre companies, The Yard creates theatrical experiences that immerse its young artists in every aspect of the Chicago storefront theatre-making process.

The Yard asks you to consider donating to our annual 'Milk Money' funding campaign to support our 2017-18 season. As we are currently in the process of obtaining our 501c3 non-profit status, we are unable to apply for foundation support or grants. Our new company has been relying on ticket sales and the generosity of individual giving to support our work.

We launched this endeavor in the Fall of 2015 with our critically-lauded production of "The 4th Graders Present an Unnamed Love Suicide" in artistic alliance with The Hypocrites. The Yard then successfully established alliances with Raven Theatre ("Milk Like Sugar"), Jackalope Theatre ("I and You"), Steppenwolf Theatre Company ("Eclipsed"), TimeLine Theatre ("Cardboard Piano") and Victory Gardens Theater ("Snack Break: A Short Plays Festival").

Our upcoming 2017 season will include artistic alliances with both Jackalope and Steppenwolf. By contributing to The Yard, you will help ensure the continued success of our mission of supporting young artists making theatre in Chicago. Your donation will continue to allow our students access to a uniquely immersive artistic education as well as comprehensive  professional development and training. Your gift will allow our students to form alliances with some of the finest theatrical institutions in Chicago and collaborate with many of the best working professionals in the industry. Your financial support will reinforce the high quality of artistic endeavors and depth of educational experiences that The Yard provides to our young artists.

Many of our company members and alumni of Senn Arts have continued their work with The Yard while also earning over a half a million dollars in scholarships to high performing colleges and universities or have continued to work in a professional capacity in the industry. We believe that their time creating and playing in The Yard lead them to those opportunities to continue their study or professional pursuit as theatre artists. Your generous donation can support their path to rigorous study of higher learning and professional employment as a working artist.

Thank you for supporting The Yard!

Sincerely,

Mechelle Moe & Joel Ewing, Co-Artistic Directors

Who is The Yard?
Artistic Directors: Mechelle Moe & Joel Ewing
Resident Artists & Mentors: Dana Murphy, Will Kiley, Aaron James Stephenson, Maggie Fulilove-Nugent, Andrew Burden Swanson, Jared Bellot, Dina Marie Klahn, John Ross Wilson
Company Members: Liv Shine, Justin Burns, Lawren Carter, Tevion Lanier, Jauhara Sanders, Hunter Dunn, Darienne Andresen-Williams, Ireon Roach, Sheharrell Rhoades, Albert Warnaar, Chisom Chima, Cleo Shine, Chintan Holler, Heather Lauritzen, Brian Baren & Victor Musoni
 

“An ode to art both new and old, I & You is the perfect distillation of The Yard’s inspiring inaugural season. The existence of The Yard is an acknowledgement that the absence of positive models for teens on stage is a problem not unlike the lack of racial and sexual representation in theater...Beyond the mature performances they bring out, The Yard offers a sense of camaraderie and The Yard offers a sense of camaraderie and mentorship that is lovingly etched into every moment on stage.” –KEVIN GREENE NEWCITY

“THE BEST THEATRE OF 2015” “The remarkable youth ensemble of The Yard, in conjunction with The Hypocrites, who turned in uncannily brilliant performances in roles that required them to dominate the stage." –HEDY WEISS, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES

$1,315

 

26% Raised of$5,000 Goal

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  • Dana Murphy

    $25

  • Gianine DeFrancesco

    $100

  • Aaron Stephenson

    $25

  • Michael Miller

    $100

  • PJ Powers

     

  • Elana Boulos

     

  • Heather Gilbert

    $50

  • Eric Leonard

    $50

  • Juliet Hart

    $50

  • Anonymous

     

  • Liz and Randall Dunn

    $200

  • Jared

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Evey Reidy

    $15

  • Kevin O'Donnell

    $50

  • Tomlinson Family

    $100

  • Julia Davidson

     

  • Michael Miller

    $100

  • Art Cunningham

    $100

  • Lucille Stieber

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Donor Comments

Lucille Stieber

Lucille Stieber

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Art Cunningham

Art Cunningham

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Michael Miller

Michael Miller

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Julia Davidson

Julia Davidson

3 years ago

Tomlinson Family

Tomlinson Family

DONATION: $100

Thank you for the fine work you are doing and investing in these talented actors. 3 years ago

Kevin O'Donnell

Kevin O'Donnell

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Evey Reidy

Evey Reidy

DONATION: $15

3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $50

Thank you for all the beautiful & important work you do! 3 years ago

Jared

Jared

DONATION: $25

3 years ago

Liz and Randall Dunn

Liz and Randall Dunn

DONATION: $200

3 years ago

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