Theatre Rhinoceros

For General Operating Support

  • Amount
    $50,000
  • Program
  • Date Awarded
    7/14/2015
  • Term
    24 Months
  • Type of Support
    General Support/Organization
Overview
As a San Francisco based theater growing out of the LGBT’s Stonewall generation, Theatre Rhinoceros began addressing the tragic issues of a Bay Area community hardest hit by the AIDS crisis in the 1980s. Subsequently, Theatre Rhinoceros has grown into what is now the longest-running LGBT theater in the United States. Producing three plays annually, Rhino reaches approximately 1,500 audience members, presenting works that speak to queer issues, foster self-acceptance, and bridge community understanding. With continued support, Rhino intends to address the dearth of plays that address African American queer and lesbian life, producing two additional plays per season to provide opportunities for underserved playwrights and actors.
About the Grantee
Grantee Website
www.therhino.org 
Address
91 Central Ave #102, San Francisco, CA, 94117, United States
Grants to this Grantee
for general operating support  
Theatre Rhinoceros (the Rhino) is the oldest and longest running LGBT theater in the United States. Each year, the Rhino reaches 3,500 Bay Area residents with its four-show mainstage season, which includes reinterpretations of theater classics, revivals of rarely seen works, and newly written works. During the past grant period, the organization lost its performance space and was forced to reduce programming. Now an itinerant company, the Rhino is regrouping to determine its next steps.
for general operating support  
Theatre Rhinoceros is the oldest and longest running LGBT theater in the United States. Each year, the Rhino reaches approximately 1,500 Bay Area residents with its three-show season, which includes reinterpretations of theater classics, revivals of rarely seen works, and newly written works. Having lost its performance space a few years ago, the organization has made strides in recalibrating its programs to match its resources. However, due to a lack of clarity about mission and artistic relevance, weak board and staff leadership, and an increasing disconnect from the audiences and community it seeks to serve, we are recommending a tie-off grant for this organization.

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