The Metzler-Copaken Initiative to Expand the Performing Arts at the Folly Theater was established by Bunni and Paul Copaken to celebrate the life and legacy of their close friend, C. Stephen Metzler, a passionate advocate for the arts who was instrumental in the revitalization of the Folly Theater.
This Initiative provides support to and uplifts small and mid-sized arts organizations by subsidizing theater rental costs to elevate their public profile, expand their audience, develop and showcase the talents of their artists, enhance the production values of their work, and build a stronger organizational future through performances in the historic Folly Theater.
Up to five grants will be awarded each year for an amount up to 75% of the Folly production costs including theater rental, union labor, staff and security, custodial and equipment rental; not to exceed $8,000.
Applications should be designed to fulfill one or more of the following outcomes:
- elevate your organization’s public profile;
- expand and/or cultivate new audiences;
- promote diversity;
- enhance production values with the Folly’s expertise and facilities; and/or
- present new works which will contribute to Kansas City’s creative arts ecology.
The C. Stephen Metzler Hall at the Folly Theater boasts excellent acoustics and a 1,005 maximum seating capacity. After a $4.2 million renovation completed in 2022, artists and audiences will enjoy refreshed and more accessible spaces that include upgrades to backstage areas, more comfortable seating, a new technology suite, and enhanced lobby and bar spaces.
We at the Folly Theater look forward to receiving your submission and hope to work with you in the coming season! We urge you to share this information with other arts colleagues who might be interested in applying.