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


Kimberly KhareKimberly Khare received a grant for her “Theater Takeover!” project to bring theater workshops to Next Step’s 2016 summer “campferences” that serve young adults with life threatening illnesses.

The grant will expand Kimberly’s “Expressive Arts Therapies Theater Team” to assess, design, implement and facilitate theater programming at the camps and through the next academic year, as well as to explore a relationship with Next Step’s Central Square neighbor, “Improv Asylum.”

Theater workshops, Kimberly said, help these youth develop critical and creative ways to think through their life circumstances, to relate to others and “to manifest their values in real-time, real-life practices.” 

Next Step, she said, wants these young people “to have the resources they need to dream up, write down and act out a good, heart-filled, connected and confident life.” 

“I think they need a new definition of drama in their lives,” Kimberly, whose philosophy is “Love Big,” said. 

Emily, who loved big too, would agree.