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

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Whole Children and Milestones Theater Studio received a grant to help develop and stage its yearly original performing arts show at Smith College. 

The Theater Studio gives about 20 teens and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities the opportunity to explore their passion for acting, dancing and singing. Each fall in Theater Studio they create and then rehearse a new show, which is then staged twice in March to sold-out audiences at Hallie Flanagan Theatre.

This theater experience allows students with special needs to explore their performing arts skills, practice team work and build confidence through public performances. Their shows have included Once Upon a Bog, a Shrek send-up;  Return to Oz, in which Dorothy has to go back to the Emerald City, and Shake if Off: An Interplanetary Experience.

Whole Children’s Brittany Brown says: “the theme of all the shows is a celebration of individuality and differences, and … each demonstrates to the community that people with disabilities should not be relegated to the sidelines in theater or in life.”