EMU Fundraising for Eshleman Theater

Lindsay -- November 16th, 2009

As reported in the Staunton News Leader, Eastern Mennonite University is opening up their fundraising drive to the public for a new theater to be built in memory of Lee Eshleman, EMU alumnus and co-founder of Ted & Lee Theaterworks, who passed away in 2007.

From the News Leader:

The University Commons studio theater also will have a small gallery at the theater entrance that will showcase some of Eshlemen’s art work and photos of him on stage.

The university needs $250,000 to establish the Lee E. Eshleman Studio Theater as part of the University Commons Phase II project. More than $100,000 has already been committed by family and friends to this project.

EMU is seeking outside donations for the remainder of the project cost.

For more information, see the announcement on the EMU website.

3 Responses to “EMU Fundraising for Eshleman Theater”

  1. Sounds like an ambitious project. It would fill a need on their campus, though. I wonder how naming it after Eshleman makes people more or less likely to donate.

  2. Karl says:

    I was wondering the same thing Jeremy. I also wondered if it was a good idea and if it sent a bad message. It’s easy for me to say, but perhaps that money would be better spent on a counseling center or for a program that helps those struggling with suicidal thoughts and/or depression. With that said, they may have already donated to such causes.

  3. Emmy says:

    I don’t know why it would send a bad message. They’re building something that will celebrate his life, not his death. I saw someone once say if you focus on the day they died you ignore all of the life they lived. Obviously he lived with a lot of hidden pain, but he was also fabulous performer who brought joy to many. A theater is a fitting tribute to the memory of his life as a performer.

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