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    2021 Virtually UnUSual Create-A-Thon

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    The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company is a group of dedicated educators, writers, actors, directors, mentors, and volunteers who transform hearts, minds, lives, and communities by empowering young people to own and share their stories. Our goal is to raise money to cover the cost of these life-changing programs that served almost 1,000 individuals last year during a global pandemic — including neurodivergent students, foster youth, struggling parents, English Language Learners, and incarcerated minors. A major tenet of US’s model is to meet youth where they are – as such, they maintain a presence in areas with high youth crime/incarceration rates, and offer programs on site at under-resourced schools, community centers, and juvenile detention facilities. In conjunction with county and state approved curriculum custom-developed in-house, US teaches youth to write, direct, and perform their stories, uncensored and in their own voices. The outcomes for participants are lasting and life-changing, fostering academic, social, and emotional growth.


    2nd Annual Virtually UnUSual Create-A-Thon (CAT)

    The Virtually UnUSual Create-A-Thon is our digital fundraising campaign where participants raise funds and create art, whatever art means to them! Write, act, sing, draw, do stand-up… create and share with friends and family. Supporters will brighten someone’s day with their creations and raise funds for Unusual Suspects along the way. 100% of funds raised goes towards our vital programs.

    2021 CAT goals: $300,000 in funds raised; 50 participants creating and fundraising

    Hosted By:

    Sponsored by:

    Carol Bondi

    The Campizondo Foundation

    Nancy and Steve Carell

    Stephen and Sherie Carroll

    The Johnny Carson Foundation

    Madeline Cripe

    Levine/Tassler Foundation

    Annie & Scott Lukowski

    Lynch Foundation


    Dave & Pamela Peterman

    Kit Pongetti & Mark Stegemann

    Gala Ambassadors:

    Bradford & Phyllis Bancroft 

    Nancy & Steve Carell 

    Steve & Sherie Carroll 

    Tameka Carter

    Ed & Dianne Coghlan

    Mo Collins & Alex Skuby 

    Hector & Carollee Elizondo 

    Sally Fairman & Kevin King 

    Markese Freeman

    Annabeth Gish & Wade Allen 

    Rachel Goldberg

    Dwight Hicks

    Laura Leigh Hughes

    David Henry Hwang & Kathryn Layng

    Sydney Kamlager-Dove 

    Deborah Lintz

    Annie & Scott Lukowski

    Lara & Christian Magnusen

    Tess Paras

    Luis Rodriguez

    Elizabeth L. Silver

    David E. Talbert

    Nina Tassler & Jerry Levine

    Julie Tugend

    Kirsten Vangsness


    June is Create-A-Thon Month (June 1-30)

    June 30 – Celebration event hosted by Melissa Peterman and Kirsten Vangsness

    Event to honor our incredible Teaching Artists and Volunteer Mentors, the front line artists and educators for The Unusual Suspects.


    Mission & Vision

    To mentor, educate, and enrich youth in under-resourced communities through the creation of collaborative, original theatre.

    The vision of The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company is a world where all youth are given the opportunities and support they need to succeed.

    CLICK HERE for a Look at 2020 By the Numbers

    Take a look at US talking points HERE


    • Total amount raised: $254,266.04

    • #of Create-a-Raisers: 28 

    • #of New Donors: 303

    • Check out our 2020 CAT Playlist -to see highlights from last year’s Create-A-Thon


    • May 18 – Soft launch

        • Prime Suspects & Board announce their participation

    • June 1 – Official Public Campaign launch

    • June 30 – End of Campaign Celebration Event, hosted by Melissa Peterman and Kirsten Vangsness.