Theatrical Outfit plans renovations after successful fundraising campaign

Theatrical Outfit is preparing to renovate its downtown space, the Balzer Theater at Herren’s, after a successful fundraising campaign and generous monetary donations.

‘Heart of the City Campaign’ – an investment in facilities, programming and endowment – originally launched in December 2019 with a target of $ 6 million which was adjusted to $ 3.6 million due of the pandemic. Theatrical Outfit reports that they have racked up giveaways and pledges totaling 90% of the campaign goal.

Thanks to a donation from the Lettie Pate Evans Foundation, the first stages of its renovation, which includes a complete overhaul of the HVAC, have been completed. This update was vital to keeping performers and audiences safe as Theatrical Outfit reopens after COVID.

Scheduled for later this year, major lobby renovations will begin, including an invigorated front façade, spacious seating area, and full bar.

“Thanks to the generosity of the Lettie Pate Evans Foundation, we have already completed a complete overhaul of our HVAC system with state-of-the-art technology to ensure the safety of our artists and patrons,” said Chairman of the TO Board of Directors , Charlie Henn. ,

The fundraiser also allowed the company to launch its new apprenticeship business last summer and welcome its second class of apprentices. Additionally, Theatrical Outfit plans to create works specifically for classrooms, including commissioning an article on the late Congressman John Lewis.

The Katz Foundation has given a generous endowment of $ 1 million which will support the Apprentice Company in perpetuity through investments.

“It has been amazing to witness the deep commitment of the Theatrical Outfit family of donors. Even during a global pandemic, when the future was not clear, they believed enough in the theater and its mission to support this campaign, ”said TO CEO Gretchen E. Butler. “We are excited to continue to bring important conversations to the heart of downtown Atlanta for years to come. ”

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