11/12/2016


Dear Friends,

It is with great excitement that I write to you this year, on the cusp of Highwood’s biggest endeavor to date.  We are about to nearly double the size of our space, adding a larger theatre with twice the audience capacity that will enable us to serve more students and expand our services to the community!

Over the past few years, every part of our organization has grown tremendously.  We mount more student productions, provide more after school and home-school offerings, continue to produce professional productions with rave reviews, and last season alone worked in 23 area schools, serving more than 2,400 students. Please take a look at our Season Highlights for more about 2015-16 and what is coming up this season. I am so proud of the hard work done by our staff and volunteers; their dedication and above-and-beyond efforts have made these remarkable achievements possible.

This year, by taking advantage of the unique expansion opportunity that just presented itself, we will be able to continue this growth and cement Highwood’s place in the local theatre community.  Substantially expanding Highwood’s physical footprint in our existing building (outlined on this page) will enable us not only to add a new larger theatre, but also add dressing rooms, enlarge our workshop and other tech space, and provide an additional affordably-priced performance venue to our local artistic community.  With this expansion, we can continue to meet the needs of our community and our schools, and can better fulfill our mission of welcoming all into the creative process of theatre.

But of course, we cannot do this without your help!

We continue to need your ongoing support for all our existing programs.  But we also need your special support to make this exciting expansion a reality.  Our new 3-Phase Campaign ー “Creating Our Future” ー is designed to raise a total of $150,000 over the next nine months to support the renovation, outfitting, and purchasing of equipment necessary to accomplish and complete this expansion. This is a big challenge, but we are confident that with the help of our loyal supporters and the leadership of our Parents’ Campaign Committee, we can meet it and create our new, bigger theatre, rehearsal and workshop space that Highwood participants and audiences can all enjoy.  

Our goal in Phase I is to raise $50,000 by the end of December ー including $25,000 we need very quickly in order to accomplish a quick bare-bones reconfiguration of the new space to accommodate our mid-December Students’ Theatre production of Thoroughly Modern Millie; the remainder is necessary for our other winter programs including our professional and student productions in January-March, 2017.  Phases II and III will cover the rest of the remodeling and outfitting required to finish and enable us to use all the new space.  Several of our generous donors have already come forward to help us toward the first goal, but we need your help to meet it in this short time frame. Stay tuned for more details, tours of the new space, and other ways you can help!

Our need is great, but the return will be fantastic!  Please consider supporting Highwood this year and increasing your contribution to support our Creating our Future Campaign.  Thank You!

Sincerely,

Kevin Kearney

Executive Director

P.S. The work we do is truly life changing. It is only with your help that we can continue to bring theatre and vital arts experiences to our community.  All who are impacted by our work in Silver Spring and across the DC area truly appreciate your support, as do I, personally.


Creating our Future Campaign