The continued growth and success of our students and programs are made possible by the generous support of community members and alumni. Donations not only provide students with scholarship money, but also permit enhanced learning opportunities such as training and collaborating with professionals and the purchasing needed equipment.
Theatre and Dance welcomes any donation that facilitates the ongoing good work, growth and success of our students and department programs. Made possible by the generous support of community members and alumni, donations not only provide students with scholarship money, but also permit enhanced learning opportunities such as training and collaborating with professionals, and the purchasing of needed equipment.
The majority of contributions are designated for the Theatre and Dance gift fund which allows the greatest flexibility to support department endeavors. A brief statement of other funds’ are defined below. Please contact department chair David Popalisky with any questions.
Scholarship & Donation Funds:
Theatre and Dance Gift Fund
Supports all department activities, some that recur annually and others that are one-time events for new innovations such as the New York Spring Immersion program currently being developed.
Theatre Donation Fund
Funds are specifically only used to facilitate the growth and needs of theatre programs and productions. They help bring in guest artists such as Cindy and Mauricio Salgado for the ASTEP (Artists Striving Against Poverty) Program.
Dance Donation Fund
Funds are specifically only used to facilitate the needs of dance programs and productions such as the purchase of a new marley floor, as well as masterclasses by guest teachers such as Kristine Bendul whose Broadway credits include On the Town, The King and I, and the Tony Awards TV show.
Founders Scholarship Fund
In honor of the Theatre and Dance Department founders, Al Gibson and Bill James, this scholarship is awarded to an outstanding student majoring in theatre and dance.
Scott Robertson Technical Scholars Fund
In honor of Technical Director Scott Robertson, this fund is used to help pay for extracurricular activities for our design/technical students such as attending The United States Institute For Technical Theatre (USITT) conferences or any other workshops or seminars appropriate to their craft.
Donations in kind are, in certain circumstances, equally beneficial to the work of the department. For example, Catherine Pendleton recently offered her home at a 50% discount through AirBnB for the Fall residency of guest director Scott Kaiser from Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
All donor levels will receive recognition in next year’s Department of Theatre & Dance production programs.
$1000+ President’s Circle
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Checks should be made out to SCU Dept. of Theatre and Dance. Please include the scholarship or fund name on the memo line. If no fund designation is given, the donation will be allocated to the Theatre and Dance gift fund. Please mail checks to:
Dept. of Theatre and Dance
Attn: Ruth E. Mikusko
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053
If you would like to donate an item or materials to the Department of Theatre and Dance, please first contact Ruth E. Mikusko at 408/554-4989 or firstname.lastname@example.org.