A Director's Note To Penguin Artists Past, Present, and Future Dear Young Artists,
Some very special people donated yesterday so that you can make theater.
60 donors ages 18-80 gave a total of $8,600 – a breathtaking sum representing stability and a bright future ahead for Penguin Productions.
No pressure, no expectations (well, ok – maybe some but only the good kind), but I would like you to know – if only in the back of your minds as you memorize lines and laugh in the wings with your friends and pour your souls into characters near and far from your own experience – there is a community looking out for you. Cheering for you. Supporting you. You are not alone.
Some donated because they know you and how incredible you are and can see your potential first-hand. Some donated because they were you once, and remember with pain and pride those volatile years of becoming. Some donated because they can imagine you, which is the behavior known as empathy, and the glue that keeps humanity from falling off a cliff.
We support you, because your creativity is our hope. So take a risk, do your thing, pick up the pace, and remember to have fun – and know that we are applauding you each step of the way.
Here's to making lots more theater with you. Thank you for inspiring us all to act with generosity and empathy. I'm honored to be your director.
Sincerely, Shana Producing Artistic Director Penguin Productions
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