About The Foundation

Since its inception in 1962, the Actors' Equity Foundation — a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization — has remained steadfast in its mission to support the professional theatre community, from emerging artists to seasoned vets, while promoting and investing in the theatre and the performing arts.


The Foundation carries out its theatrical mission by giving grants to over 150 nonprofit theatres across the nation annually and to agencies and institutions serving the arts community — AIDS and health care programs, diversity initiatives and  career transition services are just a few of the programs we encourage and support. 


Our eight awards presented each year recognize actors and their indelible talents within the industry.  


The Actors' Equity Foundation is governed by a nine member Board of Directors, led by President Judy Rice. We have remained vital due to generous, unsolicited donations from individuals within the performing arts industry. Union dues are not used to fund the Foundation.