Cameron Peal, Nicholas Elia, Isaac Li, Jimmy Jinpyo Hong, Liam Stewart-Kanigan, and Ivy Charles in the Studio 58 production of Antony & Cleopatra. Photo by Ross Den Otter, Pink Monkey Studios.
Cameron Peal (left), pictured with members of the cast of the Studio 58 production of Antony & Cleopatra, is this year's recipient of the Theatre Cares Vancouver Scholarship. Photo by Ross Den Otter, Pink Monkey Studios.

It seems somehow fitting just in time for Giving Tuesday, that Theatre Cares has announced they raised $20,000 in donations during this year’s campaign.

A volunteer-run organization of professional theatre artists who have been raising awareness and funds since 1991, Theatre Cares raises money throughout the year from patrons at local live theatre venues.

This year’s funds will be split among three charities: the Actors Fund of Canada (AFC), Performing Arts Lodge and Rainbow Refugee.

Assisting professional Canadian entertainers when they are at their most vulnerable due to injury, illness or other personal hardship. In the last 24 months, the AFC has distributed over $1.4 million in emergency financial aid to help entertainment professionals.

The Performing Arts Lodge provides safe and affordable housing for people in the creative community. The non-profit organization which operates PAL Vancouver will also operate the newly announced PAL New Westminster which will be completed in 2022.

The community-based Rainbow Refugee supports people seeking protection in Canada because of persecution based on sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or HIV status.

“Without the generosity of the theatre patrons and the support of local theatre
companies, Theatre Cares would not be able to do the work that it does,” say organizers in a media release.

Theatre Cares has also established a scholarship given annually to an outstanding theatre student at Langara College’s Studio 58 in financial need.

This year’s recipient of the $1,500 award is Cameron Peal, an Indigenous student
from the community of Gingoix, just north of Terrace. An actor, writer, poet and aspiring director, through his work Peal, aims to continue the dialogue about the Indigenous question in Canada.

“Theatre Cares also looks out for the health and well being of our Canadian artists
by supporting The AFC and PAL Vancouver. Our new Theatre Cares scholarship
is designed to inspire and provide relief to promising theatre artists in training
who are struggling to continue their studies,” says the release.