Theatrical Outfit Receives $150,000 Grant from Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

Theatrical Outfit Receives $150,000 Grant from Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

Friday, November 17, 2017 — For immediate release. 

Theatrical Outfit has received a grant from the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Inc. in the amount of $150,000 over a two year period to support the general operations of the Organization. The downtown professional theatre received the exciting news on October 25th, and was presented with the check by James Tobias, Major Gifts Officer at the Community Foundation, on Thursday, November 16th.  In attendance at the formal presentation were Theatrical Outfit Artistic Director Tom Key, TO Board Chair Stephanie Watkins, TO Trustees Tommy Barrow, Charlie Henn, and Margaret Murphy, TO Assoc. Artistic Director Clifton Guterman, and TO Director of Communications and Development Tess Malis Kincaid.  

"We rejoice to receive this generous gift and great vote of confidence from the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund of the Community Foundation. It makes us even stronger to create the kind of soul-stirring theatre that transforms us into a more compassionate, joyful, and just community." – Tom Key, Artistic Director

Theatrical Outfit is located in the heart of downtown Atlanta in the Balzer Theater at Herren's, where it produces world-class theatre that starts the conversations that matter. 

Pictured in left to right in photo attached: James Tobias (Community Foundation), Tom Key (TO Artistic Director), Tess Malis Kincaid (TO Director of Communications and Development), Stephanie Watkins (TO Board Chair), Charlie Henn (TO Board), Jill Clark (Community Foundation), Clifton Guterman (TO Assoc. Artistic Director/Casting), and (kneeling in front) Tommy Barrow (TO Board). Photo credit: Theatrical Outfit.

For more information on Theatrical Outfit's season programming, educational efforts, giving opportunities and tickets, please visit For more information on the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, visit: or connect with the Foundation via Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

ABOUT THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION FOR GREATER ATLANTA: Since 1951, the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta has been connecting the passions of philanthropists with the purposes of nonprofits doing that work. With 65 years serving the 23-county Atlanta region and a robust team of experts, the Community Foundation manages the behind-the-scenes details, empowering our donors to focus on the joy of giving. The Community Foundation is a top-20 community foundation nationally with approximately $900 million in current assets and is Georgia’s second largest foundation. Through its quality services and innovative leadership on community issues, the Foundation received more than $113 million from donors in 2015 (unaudited) and distributed more than $139 million that same year to support nonprofits throughout the region and beyond. In 2016 Charity Navigator named the Community Foundation a four-star rated nonprofit, its top distinction. 

ABOUT THEATRICAL OUTFIT: Atlanta’s second-oldest continually-operating professional theatre company was founded in 1976 and has been led by Artistic Director Tom Key since fall 1995. Key led the company through the creation of its award-winning downtown home, the Balzer Theater at Herren’s, the first U.S. theater to achieve LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The Balzer Theater is also the historical site of Herren’s, the first restaurant in Atlanta to voluntarily desegregate in 1962; its first African American patrons, Dr. Lee and Delores Shelton, remain Theatrical Outfit patrons and season ticket subscribers. Key's programming of classics, regional and world premieres and musicals tell soul-stirring stories, with themes that explore diversity, equality, ethnicity, race, and religion; and often feature the best writers of the American South, including Ernest Gaines, Lauren Gunderson, Horton Foote, Harper Lee, Flannery O’Connor, Janece Shaffer, Sherry Shephard-Massat, Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder, and Tennessee Williams. After ten years of capital investment, T.O. is in new territory. Having retired its mortgage, the staff, trustees, and artists have launched a new 2018-2020 Strategic Plan designed to produce great art, diversify and grow our audience, increase revenue and reserves, develop artists who contribute to the dramatic cannon and maintain an effective organization. 

This Christmas, Theatrical Outfit proudly stages the Southeast premiere of Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, a new holiday play by Atlanta native Lauren Gunderson (Silent Sky) and Margot Melcon. Told with modern wit and period style, this effervescent, comedic sequel to one of the most beloved literary romances of all time, Pride and Prejudice, will enchant Jane Austen fans and newcomers alike. Directed by Atlanta actress-director Carolyn Cook, Miss Bennet runs November 30 – December 24 and continues Theatrical Outfit’s 2017- 2018 Season of Character. Miss Bennet is sponsored in part by Macy's.

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Major funding for Theatrical Outfit is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners. Sponsors: Fulton County Office of Cultural Affairs, Turner Broadcasting, City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, Jackson Spalding, Publix Super Markets Charities, Audience Building Roundtable of The Blank Foundation, Macy’s, MARTA, The Shubert Foundation

ABOUT OUR VENUE: Unless otherwise announced, productions are performed at The Balzer Theater at Herren's at 84 Luckie Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30303.

OUR VISION: A compassionate, joyful, and just community.
OUR MISSION: Produce world-class theatre that starts the conversations that matter.                            


Tess Malis Kincaid Director of Communications and Development at Theatrical Outfit
AJ Stevenson Box Office Manager and Marketing Manager at Theatrical Outfit