Please help Margaret Connors realize her dream of being an actress. Her dream took a big leap forward when she auditioned for and was accepted to the WORLD'S FIRST ALL-DS IMPROV TROUPE - THE IMPROVANEERS!
Your donation will help Margaret travel to and perform at some exciting conferences in the coming months. We get it, you've been asked by everyone remotely close to you to give some money to a great cause. First off, you should. It feels amazing to help out. Secondly, if you're not already committed somewhere else, or can share the love a bit, please consider SUFD and our Improvaneers program!
SUFD was created in 2013 with the goal of enhancing the lives of those with Down syndrome through humor.
In 2017, we had a new idea! We would use comedy, or specifically, improvisation to build skills in those with Down syndrome that could greatly improve workplace and social opportunities.
We then decided to double-down and cast the WORLD'S FIRST ALL-DS IMPROV TROUPE - THE IMPROVANEERS! We auditioned over 25 individuals and cast a group of 10 amazing pioneers who take a 2 hour class once per week with us at Weathervane Theatre in Akron. The IMPROVANEERS were born!
We will continue to teach this group for a full year, then put on a BIG show for the general public. Following that, the group will continue training and we will cast a new group to follow in their footsteps.
The overall goal is to take everything we have learned and studied throughout this program and write the "curriculum" for this so that other Down syndrome organizations around the country can benefit from improvisation.
Here's the big ask! After 5 years of raising money and giving it away to incredible and worthy organizations, we now find ourselves in need of funds to continue our exciting program. So how will we use the money:
- Writing, printing, publishing the book
- Cost for rehearsal space and paying of director and part-time staff
- Promotional costs and advertising
- Travel costs for performances
- Documentary and production costs
- Other costs to continue running the charity
We can't believe the effects this has had on this cast, and we can't wait to share it with the world.
We truly hope you consider helping us out financially in any way you are able as we continue to grow and build this incredible program!