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Review for Handful Players, San Francisco, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I was fortunate enough to meet Judith Cohen at the annual Theatre Bay Area Conference, in October 2008. A few months later, I moved to the Bay Area, and looked her up. She called on me to do some late-stage work with the students, who had a performance coming up soon. My interaction with these hungry, spongelike young artists, and watching the love Judith and they have for each other, made a strong impression. Not trained in the theatre herself, but a lifelong devotee and audience member, Judith drew on her business acumen and her many personal and interpersonal resources, poured in a large helping of her generous spirit and commitment to the notion of giving back, and founded Handful Players. I count myself honored and changed by my friendship with her, and I sit in awe of the altruistic work she and her staff are doing in the community.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the feedback I received from my work directly with the students.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

help find ways to involve the broader donor community.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

my affiliation with Judith, and her eager students.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

oh, my, there is no limit to the good it could do for putting school into the arts, for kids at risk, kids in need, and kids who want to share their voices.

Ways to make it better...

I'd had more chances to work with the students.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

staying alive and growing, in the midst of hard economic times.

One thing I'd also say is that...

if anyone can make a huge success of Handful Players, it is the determined and very even-keeled Judith Cohen.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

Role:  Professional with expertise in this field & Consultant.