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Wed, May 15


Give STL Day

Give STL Day for EncoreSTL !

Keep Theater Alive !

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Give STL Day for EncoreSTL !
Give STL Day for EncoreSTL !

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May 15, 2024, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Give STL Day

About The Event

EncoreSTL wasn't born on a stage, it was born from a vision. In 2013, Effrem Thomas Grettenberger saw a glaring lack of opportunity for Black actors in St. Louis. He knew their talent deserved more, a chance to shine and captivate audiences. Thus, Encore was founded, a beacon for Black voices to be heard loud and clear.

But the world changes, and EncoreSTL adapted. 2020 wasn't just a new year, it was a turning point. The pandemic threatened to silence the very voices they championed. Yet, EncoreSTL refused to let the curtain fall. They saw a transferable magic in their production skills and embraced the power of digital media. Live streaming became their stage, and artists found a new platform to connect. This wasn't just survival, it was a powerful evolution – EncoreSTL.

EncoreSTL is more than theatre. It's a launchpad for the next generation. In 2019, the seed of hope blossomed with a free Drama Therapy camp, a collaboration with the Thomas Dunn Learning Center. This wasn't just about acting; it was about nurturing social-emotional skills, building confidence, and preparing young minds for the future. In June 2023, their dream finally had a physical address – Encore Theatre. This wasn't just a space, it was a symbol – a safe haven for Encore4Youth, a platform for artists, and a production powerhouse for their clients.

But the mission isn't complete. EncoreSTL fights to keep theatre and digital media accessible, to ensure every voice has the chance for an encore. They need your help. Your support ensures affordable tickets, keeps the lights on, and fuels the magic that transforms St. Louis communities. Join EncoreSTL, and together, let the applause echo for generations to come. Because Everyone Deserves an Encore!

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