Fundraising for Spencer Theatre renovation surpasses $4.7 million

KC Rep and UMKC Foundation to raise an additional $206,000 by March 1 so construction can start this summer


Feb. 3, 2015

Fundraising for the $5 million renovation of Spencer Theatre and lobby has raised $4.793,700 million, according to officials with The Kansas City Repertory Theatre (KC Rep)  and the University of Missouri-Kansas City Foundation.

 Angela Lee Gieras, executive director of Kansas City Repertory Theatre, said she is confident the momentum will continue so fundraising can be complete by March 1.

That deadline must be met in order for construction to begin in the summer of 2015 and completed in time for Kansas City Repertory Theatre’s 2015 production of A Christmas Carol.

“Today we are celebrating the extraordinary generosity of the Kansas City community,” said Gieras. “By providing the resources necessary to renovate Spencer Theatre into an inspiring facility that will serve KC Rep, UMKC and our audiences for decades to come, this community has demonstrated that cultivating passionate audiences, artists and advocates has been and will continue to be a focus for KC Rep.”

Spencer Theatre, home of the Kansas City Rep, is located in UMKC’s James C. Olson Performing Arts Center on the Volker campus. The project includes the new lighting and acoustic design; a new stage floor; and 4,000-square-feet of new construction, including new restrooms, second floor lounge, and a beautiful expansion of the lobby of the performing arts center. Little has been done to modernize the space since it opened in 1979.

 In addition to the Hall Family Foundation’s $3 million lead gift, announced last summer, commitments to the project include major gifts from:

  • Marion and Henry Bloch Family Foundation
  • Kay and John Callison
  • Gary Dickinson Family Charitable Foundation
  • Kevin A. Dunn
  • Stanley H. Durwood Foundation
  • Donald J. Hall, Sr.
  • Laura and David Hall
  • Nancy and Bob Hatch
  • Ellen and Irv Hockaday
  • Linda and Topper Johntz
  • Vera Olson
  • Sosland Foundation
  • Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts
  • Sunderland Foundation
  • Dr. Linda Hood Talbott
  • Sue and Bert Trucksess
  • William T. Kemper Foundation for the Arts

The total fundraising goal for the project, which marks the Rep’s 50th anniversary, is $5 million.