The David R. Fendrick Theatre Fund was established at the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo in memory of David Roos Fendrick (1941-1988), the critically applauded Western New York actor, director, writer and scholar. Fendrick was the youngest member of the first Lincoln Center Repertory Company and went on to a respected career in regional theaters across the country, including Buffalo’s Studio Arena Theatre. Among his many distinguished performances was his portrayal of Irish rebel and writer Brendan Behan in a one-man show that continues to hold the record as Buffalo’s longest-running theatrical performance.
This grant is awarded every other year. The David R. Fendrick Theatre Fund supports: Individual artists and creatives*; Projects with the potential for production; Unique projects, including experimental and multi-media theatrical productions; Under-represented or marginalized voices.
*Eligible applicants include actors, directors, writers, composers, designers, performance artists, musicians, or other individual theater professionals, regardless of descriptive title or relationship to a particular institution, who contribute to the creative process of theater.