The Emily List Fund for Performing Arts Therapy has been established by Emily's family to honor her memory as an actor, a dancer, a reviewer and a lover of the performing arts. The Fund will be used to support theater, dance and music projects aimed at helping the sick and disadvantaged in the interest of making their lives better and brighter through the performing arts.

Grant Recipients

ECT Sojurner Truth

Enchanted Circle Theater (ECT) received a grant for a theater residency at Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter High School in Holyoke in which students will produce their version of ECT’s original play, “Sojourner’s Truth.”

This residency will allow students to read, rehearse and produce their own adapted version of “Sojourner’s Truth: ‘ I will shake every place I go to.”

The play explores Truth’s experience as a Northern slave, her walk to freedom, her search for home and community and her emergence as one of the most effective public speakers of her time.  It addresses themes of abolitionism, equality and voting rights.

Middle school students at Commonwealth Academy in Springfield experienced a similar residency last year, and Head of School Marcus Ware said he witnessed “a transformation” in his students who participated.

We were privileged to see the Commonwealth students perform an excerpt from the play at this year’s ECT celebration and look forward to the Paulo Freire production, which will be open to the public.  If Emily were with us, we think she’d be working as a teaching artist with ECT Director Priscilla Hellwig to bring theater to dozens of students like these in Western MA.