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NC Theatre Receives $25,000 Grant from the John William Pope Foundation

Grant Supports Local Theatre’s Efforts to Bring Top-Rated Productions to Triangle Community

Raleigh, NC, December 14, 2013 --( NC Theatre, the Triangle’s largest nonprofit professional theatre, has received a $25,000 grant from the John William Pope Foundation, one of the Tar Heel State’s top philanthropies. Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2014, NC Theatre continues to preserve the unique American art form of musical theatre and providing community access to the arts.

The Pope Foundation, which has supported NC Theatre for decades, has invested $1.9 million in the North Carolina arts community during the last 25 years. Each organization receiving a grant must reflect four key principles that guide the Pope Foundation:

- Art eventually defines and reflects culture. Because we value a free and civil society, we want art to reflect a free and civil society.
- Supporting the arts in our local community is essential to growing and fostering that community.
- Respecting donor intent is central to the Foundation’s support for the arts.
- State, local, and federal governments allocate over $1 billion annually to the arts. The Foundation believes that private, not public, entities should be the principal method for funding creative expression.

Support from the community and various businesses and nonprofit organizations ensure that NC Theatre can continue to educate and entertain a diverse audience through theatre arts.

“With the help of the Pope Foundation and countless others in our community, we’re thrilled to continue offering wonderful performances throughout the year,” said Lisa Grele Barrie, president and CEO of NC Theatre.

“North Carolina is fortunate to have a local theatre outlet that brings so many top-rated Broadway shows to Raleigh and conducts high caliber local performances,” said Dave Riggs, executive vice president of the Pope Foundation.

For more information, interviews, or details on the grant application process, contact David Bass, communications director for the Pope Foundation, at 919-861-6445 or

To discuss the wide range of opportunities to support the theatre, please contact Melanie Doerner, development director for NC Theatre, at or 919-831-6941.

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About North Carolina Theatre:
North Carolina Theatre is Raleigh’s premiere nonprofit regional theatre. NC Theatre was created to strengthen the cultural vitality of the region and cultivate musical theatre appreciation by producing outstanding professional Broadway musicals and developing the next generation of artists through youth training, performance and outreach programs. By preserving the unique American art form of musical theatre, NC Theatre is able to provide broad access to the arts and to entertain and engage diverse audiences. For more information about the theatre, upcoming performance and tickets, please visit

About The Pope Foundation:
The John William Pope Foundation, located in Raleigh, North Carolina, works to improve the well-being of the citizens of North Carolina and the nation through the advancement of individual freedom and personal responsibility. From its first grant in 1986 to the present, the Foundation’s giving has totaled over $100 million, primarily to charities and organizations in North Carolina. The Foundation is a private family foundation supported by the late John William Pope Sr. and his wife, Joyce W. Pope, and their children: their late son, John William Pope Jr.; Amanda Pope; and Art Pope. For more information, please visit
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