Support WSI

Help support our new WSI Field Guide and intensive four-day residency in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Please make your tax-deductible contribution through our fiscal sponsor, The Empire State College Foundation.

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Since 2006, the Winter/Summer Institute (WSI) has been making theatre, both in Lesotho and New York, around HIV/AIDS and other critical social issues. Our residency model provides a space for exploration, interaction and collaboration with participants from vastly different backgrounds. We come together to question our assumptions, engage in problem-solving dialogue and, most importantly, create fabulous theatre. We’ve seen the transformative effect our method has had on the many WSI participants from Lesotho, South Africa, the UK, New York, and beyond.

Since the November election, WSI has accelerated work on our new Field Guide, which will make it possible for groups anywhere to devise the kind of collaborative theatre we’ve been creating for the past decade.

In February 2017, a group of New York based WSI alumni gathered in Brooklyn to work on our Field Guide and talk about future projects. A suggestion was made that given the deep political and cultural divisions the election had brought to the surface, we should take the collaborative work we do overseas to address pressing social issues and concerns, to the middle of America and see what we might learn. In this short video, WSI alumni talk about why now, more than ever, WSI is a needed addition to the political dialogue of our divided nation.

Now we want to bring that work home to our own heartland where, more than ever, we need new ways to talk with each other and to create possibilities for the future. We believe WSI’s collaborative theatre making process can do just that.

On August 3, we’re taking our Field Guide on the road to Chattanooga, Tennessee for an intensive four-day residency, Creating Community Conversations. Co-sponsored by the Chattanooga State Community College Theatre Department and working with local community arts and advocacy groups, the residency brings our collaborative process to facilitate dialogue and create provocative, entertaining theatre to a region that, like our country as a whole, is deeply divided along political, religious, class and racial lines.

We need your support to make it happen. We hope you’ll make a tax-deductible gift to this inspiring new project and help take us to Tennessee!

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Foundations

  • The Aber D. Unger Foundation
  • Art Matters
  • The Billy Rose Foundation
  • Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS
  • The Durst Organization L.P.
  • Educational Foundation of America
  • The Elsevier Foundation
  • Ettinger Foundation
  • The Heidtke Foundation
  • The JKW Foundation
  • The Margaret Reuss Trust
  • PEPFAR: President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief
  • St. Andrew’s Philoptochos Society
  • St. Paraskevi Philoptochos Society
  • The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Lesotho

Institutions

  • National University of Lesotho
  • State University of New York, Empire State College
  • University of Sunderland, UK
  • University of the Witswatersrand, South Africa

Business

  • Andrea’s Fish, Inc.
  • Arte Salon
  • Eleventh Street Bar
  • Glorious Food, Inc.
  • Infra-Comm Corporation
  • McGraw Hill Companies
  • Pig Ink, LLC
  • Roundabout Theatre
  • The Shubert Organization

Individuals

  • Mrs. A
  • Alex Aab
  • Mary Abrams
  • Ann Akers
  • Steve Aldelman
  • Newell & Rosemary Alexander
  • Sabbah Ali
  • Jessie Allen & Douglas Schulkind
  • Liliana Almendarez
  • Haideen Anderson
  • Anita
  • Anonymous (EB)
  • Madeline Apfel
  • Azade Ardali & Bob Covington
  • Goldie & Eric Arrow
  • Claudia Auer
  • Jeff Axelrod
  • Helene Aylon
  • Janet Bachant
  • Lauren Back
  • Franca Barchiesi
  • Mercedes Barry
  • Lane Bass & Suzanne Pred Bass
  • Brooke Bassin
  • Axel Bauman
  • Jarrick & Nyssa Bellido
  • Phil Benoit
  • Michelle Bethea
  • Phillip Bettencourt
  • John Billeci
  • Riva Blumenfeld
  • Ginger Bowan
  • Renee Boyd
  • Dorothy & Jack Brandt
  • Christine Bratton
  • Claire Brett
  • Anastacia Brie
  • Stacey Brody
  • Gordon Brooking & Diane Mendolia
  • Pat Brown
  • Richard Bruno & Catherine Hyland
  • Ralph Buckley & The Yes Show
  • David Budbill & Lois Eby Budbill
  • Renzo Spirit Buffalo
  • Richard Butterfield
  • Tiffany Caceres
  • Michael Callahan & Dale Rubin
  • Eileen P. Campion
  • Gloria Caprio & Bob Guest
  • Patty Carpenter & Charles Light
  • Maria Carrasquillo
  • Larry & Christine Carsman
  • Paul Casella
  • T.A. Cayler & Clarice Marshall
  • Kathy Chamberlain
  • Rafe Chase
  • Douglas Clifford & Edla Cusick
  • George Clinton
  • Jan Cohen-Cruz & Dionisio Cruz
  • Maria Colon
  • Angela & Christopher Combest
  • James Conboy & Jane McNichol
  • Kim Ramirez Connley
  • Tim Connor
  • Anthony Connor & Paula Gannon
  • Rusty Conover
  • Merry Conway
  • Elizabeth Cordero
  • Christina Cordero
  • Lydia Cortes
  • Lynda Crawford
  • Laureen Cuprill
  • Joan & John Daly
  • Norman Davis
  • Ale de Vries
  • Page Dougherty Delano
  • Anthony & Denise Dennehy
  • Jane Desmond
  • Elsa Dixler
  • Meggan Dodd
  • Andrew Dolan & Sheri Graubert
  • Richard Dresser
  • Denise DuBoi
  • Yves Durif
  • Christin Dzley
  • Cathy Eckdall
  • Beverly Egenton
  • Karin Eie
  • Christina Eisenbeis
  • Tina Eisenbeis & Ralph Martin
  • Gwen Ellison
  • Peter Entin & Barbara Janowitz
  • Helen Epstein
  • Larae Essman
  • Carol Estey & Linda Pattie
  • Marnie Evans
  • Anthony Faciane
  • Marion Farrier
  • Mark Feggins
  • Marcel Fieve
  • Sam Figueroa
  • Jeannette Fitton
  • Alison Fleminger
  • Leslie Flores
  • Bernard & Judith Walz Flynn
  • Judi Forman
  • Barbara Dumas Francis
  • Howard Gardner
  • Richard Gayler & Kim Morris
  • Linda Gelman
  • Judy Gerardi
  • Paul Gil & Julia Heath
  • Marsha Gildin
  • Alfred Gingold & Helen Rogan
  • Justin Giordano
  • Dr. Jordan Glaser
  • Cesar Gonzales
  • Tailisha Gonzalez
  • Erica Goode
  • Sharon Gordon
  • Aidan Grant
  • Sallie & Alan Gratch
  • Justin Greer
  • Johnny Griffin
  • Stephen Grimaldi
  • Neil & Yuriko Gross
  • Dr. Jerome & Betty Gross
  • Neil Gross & Yuricko Kuchiko
  • A. Tom Grunfeld
  • Nilda Guadalupe
  • Robert H. Guest
  • Anna Gyorgy
  • Jeannine Haas
  • Hair Design Institute at Fifth Avenue
  • Jill Hamberg
  • Lori Hamilton
  • Benjamin Harnett
  • Fred Haug
  • John & Joanna Hawkins
  • Julia Heath
  • John Hedigan
  • Brian & Darlene Heidtke
  • Leislene Hendricksen
  • Barbara Henning
  • Ronald Herard
  • Cookie Hernandez
  • Roger Herr
  • George Hill
  • Drew Hill
  • Cory Hill
  • Stuart Hirsch
  • R. Hirschhorn
  • Gail Hochman & Michael Levi
  • Jerry Hodson
  • Lisa & Luke Hosinski
  • Marlene Hurley
  • Melissa Ann Hurst
  • Lee Anne Hutchison & Grant Neale
  • Henry Isaacs
  • Ilatisha Ivey
  • Diane Jacobs
  • Leona Jaglom
  • Barbara Janowitz
  • Allison Jeffrey
  • Jonny & Roger and 11th Street Bar
  • Judy Joseph
  • Michelle Joyner
  • Mary Judge
  • P K
  • Evette Kabareti
  • Paul & Wendy Kaiser
  • Ama Keates
  • Patty Kelly
  • K. "Limakatso" Kendall
  • Louis Kessel
  • Pieter A. & Jane Keuskamp
  • Peter Killy
  • Paula Kimper
  • Hannah Kirschner
  • Arnold & Helen Klute
  • Clifford Korn
  • Nanci & Peter Kountz
  • Robert Krakower
  • Martha Krissinger
  • Frederick Kuhns
  • Margaret & Richard Kuhns, Jr.
  • Robert Lang
  • Annette Lang
  • Be LaRoe
  • Rebecca Lavallee
  • Kathy & Andy Lawrence
  • Nandina Lawson
  • Maria Leather
  • Dorothy Lebach
  • Dean Lecrone
  • Ernest R. Lendler
  • Florence Lowe Libin & Paul Libin
  • Andrea Libin
  • Karen Lieberman
  • Charles Light
  • Candace Klein-Loetterle & Martin Loetterle
  • Theresa Loguercio
  • Ann Lopes & Gary Roth
  • Ricardo Lopez
  • Thomas Lord
  • Jimmy Lowe
  • Helen J. Lukievics
  • Dr. Lilla Lyon
  • Elaine Magidson
  • Anne Magrath
  • Michelle Maitland
  • S. Malah
  • Dr. Laurie Malkoff
  • Samantha Malloy
  • Alan Mandell & Victoria Shick
  • Richard & Sally Mann
  • Raul Manzano
  • Jason Marshall
  • Jose Martell
  • Myla Martin
  • Mr. & Mrs. Hector Martinez
  • Brandon Mathews
  • Sheila McCahey & Richard Rosenfeld
  • Conan McCarty
  • Ellen McLaughlin
  • Ann & Charles McLaughlin
  • Vance Miller
  • Anne Miller
  • Biviana Millet
  • Michael Minogue
  • Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg & Ken Lassman
  • Maria Elena Modica
  • October Moore
  • Joseph Moore
  • Joe Moore
  • Joanne Moore
  • Cassandra Morgan
  • Bruce & Nancy Morgan
  • Jennifer Morton
  • Leroy & Jane Moser
  • Emil Moxey
  • Eikazu Nakamura & Despina Stamos
  • Doris Neil
  • KB Nemcosky
  • Margaret & Motselisi Nkhereanye
  • Michael North
  • Catherine Nowak
  • J.L. O’Shaughnessy
  • Connor O’Sullivan
  • Michael Orth
  • Michael Pagano
  • Gregor Paslawsky
  • Wendy Perez
  • Jon Person
  • Jody Peters
  • Jean Pettiway
  • Robert Piersa
  • Verandah Porche
  • Noni Pratt
  • Mitzi Pratt & Flip Scipio
  • Peter & Marsha Pront
  • Jose Quinones
  • Jenny & Erle Radel
  • Dean Rainey & Leslie Satin
  • Maria Ramos
  • Manuel Ramos
  • Gloria Ramos
  • Shontell Ramsey
  • Clair Ransom & Roger Thorpe
  • Bernard Raxlen
  • Randy Redd
  • Rebecca Reich
  • Maria Reyes
  • Karen & Eric Reyes
  • Shelley Rezwana
  • Stephany Stanton Richardson
  • Peter Risafi
  • Charles Roberson
  • Angel Rodriguez
  • Alberto Rodriguez
  • James & Patricia Rogers
  • Jeannette Roper
  • Edwin & Jessica Rosado
  • Deborah Rosario
  • Clifford Rose
  • Sandra Rosenberg
  • Richard Rosenfeld
  • Andrew Rossmer
  • Sheila Rothenberg
  • Jon Rothstein
  • Molly Nash Rouzie
  • Michael Royce
  • Cath Rubenstein
  • Nancy Lee Russell
  • Esequel Santiago
  • Eddie Santiago
  • Jussara Santos-Raxlen
  • Annie Schiffmann
  • Elizabeth Schneider
  • Peggy Schwarha
  • Kesiah Scully & David Seres
  • Madeline Seneriz
  • Maria Beatriz Setti
  • Donald Shetler
  • Darlene & Harlan Shope
  • Daniel Shor
  • Sally A. Slater
  • Beverly Smirni
  • Louis Sones & Patricia Weber Sones
  • Margaret Souza
  • Irene Stamos
  • Anna & Stamatios Stamos
  • Gail Stanbach
  • Katie Staron
  • Barbara R. Staton
  • Elizabeth Stein
  • Susan Stevens
  • Barbara Streeter
  • June Stuckey
  • Dick Sullivan
  • Christopher Sullivan
  • Alice L. Sullivan
  • Robert B. Swacker
  • Michael R. Taitt
  • Mike Taylor
  • Victoria Thomas
  • Molly Toll-Reed
  • Louis & Marie Torcicollo
  • Joe Torcicollo
  • Denise Torcicollo
  • Gina Torino
  • Edward Triwush
  • Dana & Ken Triwush
  • Elaine Valby
  • Malcolm Varon
  • Esther Volmy
  • Anne Waldman
  • Ray Warsh
  • Lewis Warsh
  • Sandra Webb
  • Jim Weikart
  • Edda Weiss
  • Shawn West
  • Isiah Whitlock, Jr.
  • Sam Wijegunawardena
  • Betty Wilde-Biasiny
  • Elizabeth Williams & Christopher Schultz
  • Josh Willis
  • Anna Foss Wilson & Tom Brangle
  • Irene Winner
  • Ellen Winner
  • Michael Winters
  • James Wormworth
  • Robert Yancey
  • Arlene Yancha & Salon at 304
  • Ralph Yedinak
  • Lynn & Marsha Yelden
  • Susan Yohn
  • Michele Zarzycki
  • Albulena Zekaj
  • Cynthia Marty Zerkle & Greg Zerkle
  • Sally Koering Zimney
  • Norman C. Zuckerman