The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company is s a non-profit arts-based social justice organization. The company is hosting it’s first multi-week Virtually UnUSual Create-A-Thon fundraiser.
The goal of the event is to inspire creating and sharing at home while raising funds to maintain and expand its critical theatre-arts programming for underserved youth and families, including incarcerated youth. The mission of The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company is “to mentor, educate, and enrich underserved youth through the creation of collaborative, original theatre.”
With the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the company has still made it their priority to serve the youth and families in Los Angeles. During this time, Unusual Suspects has successfully developed and launched distance learning alternatives which now include live and pre-recorded lessons that are delivered online. The funds raised during the Create-A-Thon will be put towards continuing this award-winning program at no cost to partnering schools.
The company invites individuals, companies, and friends to set a creative goal along side a fundraising goal. For 7 weeks, participants will create something original, share it with family and friends personally and online using the hashtag #UnsualCreatAThon, and fundraise along the way. There is no minimum age to participate, anyone can start a fundraising team, and there will also be opportunities to bid on high-end auction packages!
The Create-A-Thon is hostedby Actress & Comedian Melissa Peterman with support from a growing roster of celebrity and entertainment influencers in the Los Angeles arts community including Steve and Nancy Carell; Actresses Annabeth Gish, Aisha Tyler, Kirsten Vangsness, Rachel Bloom, Mo Collins; Actors Hector Elizondo and Bruce Greenwood; Rapper Lil Dicky, Host Jason Kennedy, 2x Super Bowl Champion Dwight Hicks, and more.
The fundraiser kicks off on August 10th and will go through October 1st & people can participate from all over the world. The Unusual Suspects have a goal on their website of $275,000 and on day 1 they’ve already raised over $28,000.