Supporters of Actor's Express pitched in and raised $50,000 by the target date of the end of March, meaning the gay-inclusive theater can stay open. However, to be able to remain open permanently the theater still needs to raise another $150,000 by the end of July.
Artistic Director Freddie Ashley, who is openly gay, put out a "life or death" plea for funding at the end February seeking $50,000 in four weeks.
In an email to supporters sent out April 4, Bruce Cohen, board chair for Actor's Express, thanked everyone who made donations to the theater.
New plans to help with the second round of fundraising is a "Why I Love Actor's Express" video campaign, Cohen added, as well as seeking partnerships with foundations as well as donations from individuals.