Shadowbox Gives Back

Donor Spotlight

Rick & Diana Wolterman

Meet Shadowbox Live Donors Rick and Diana Wolterman! Rick is a Research Leader at Battelle, the world’s largest non-profit research and development organization. Diana is the Accounts Manager for PAST Foundation which is committed to improving education by linking learning to life. Diana also serves on the Shadowbox Live Education Advisory Board.

Rick and Diana were first introduced to Shadowbox Live in 2009 when Diana got involved with the pilot for Shadowbox Live’s education program METRO Rocks the ‘Box, an intensive that incorporates STEM Students in a Shadowbox Live Production, giving them a rare theatrical opportunity and instilling confidence, dedication, and work ethic that is applicable in all fields.

Diana recalls fondly, “the amazing feeling of watching the first Metro Rocks the ‘Box show and knowing how far the kids had come from the beginning when we announced it and held auditions.” Diana’s position at PAST Foundation allowed her to be involved throughout the process. “It was a transformational experience for me,” she said, “so I could only imagine how it felt to the student participants.”

We asked Rick and Diana why they donate to Shadowbox Live. They agreed, “from the start we’ve been impressed with the quality of talent and the generosity to share that talent with aspiring students. The education program gives young people an opportunity to test their courage and find out what happens when they have passion, let go of what’s comfortable for them and reach for their dreams.”

With the Shadowbox Live Academy Bootcamp quickly approaching, it’s not too late for you to help a Shadowbox Student reach their dreams. Become a Shadowbox Live Donor today! Contact Edelyn “Eddy” Parker at 614-416-7625 or for more information.

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Inspiring Art in the Community through the Community of Art

For more information contact Stacie Boord at 614.554.1534 or

Shadowbox Gives Back is the organization within Shadowbox Live that funds all of our community outreach efforts. We provide in-kind support and donations to 501C3 public charities and or educational institutions that fit within our philanthropic focus, meet our guidelines and serve the community. Our primary focus is education and community development within the Greater-Columbus area.

Shadowbox Gives Back strives…

To use the Shadowbox Live art-form as a means to “give back” to the community via in-kind support and donations to 501C3 public charities.

To collaborate with other community organizations to further ourselves artistically and to enrich our community by promoting accessibility to the performing arts.

To use our knowledge and experience of the performing arts to not only further the artistic abilities of our community’s students but to also teach important 21st Century Learning Skills.

In 2011 alone Shadowbox Live donated close to $200,000 to the community in ticket donations to local charities and educational services for our youth.

Local Gifting → request a donation

Shadowbox gives over $100,000 in ticket donations annually to local charities and organizations for both their fundraising efforts and volunteer appreciation needs. We accept requests for charitable in-kind donations continually throughout the year. Donation requests must be made no less than six weeks prior to the event date and are only accepted via our website. We appreciate the importance of donations to support the work of community groups and organization and while we cannot honor every request, we do carefully review each on a case-by-case basis.

Volunteer Appreciation Program

This program allows non-profit organizations to give their volunteers the night out that they deserve! Select a Thursday night for your group and Shadowbox Live may commit to donating tickets for your organization to claim for that day’s performance! If we approve your request we will also create an e-vite with all of the necessary information for you to distribute to your volunteers so that they can call and make their reservations. (You don’t even need to get RSVPs)

“You don’t know how much we appreciated you doing this for our volunteers. It helps us say “thank you” and it helps you get the word out. I know many of them have become frequent patrons of the ‘Box…You make it affordable for them to have a great dinner and show and enjoy a nice evening with family and friends. Thanks for helping us say thank you to all of our volunteers!”

Janet Rife, CAPA Volunteer Coordinator

For more information contact Edelyn Parker at 614.416.7625 or

Shadowbox Gives Back Fundraisers

What better way to generate funds than by enjoying an evening at Shadowbox Live! If we approve your request every full price ($30) reservation made under your organization’s name for a specific Shadowbox Live performance will result in a donation of 50% ($15) back to your organization! We handle everything: the reservations, the money collection, and presenting a check for the return amount to you at the end of the show that same night.

Susan Komen Young Professionals Event
Thursday April 5th, 2012

“Thanks SO much for fundraising with us yesterday. Our members really enjoyed the show.

Personally, I was blown away with the originality and quality of the performances and impressed with the efficiency with which the box office was run. Everyone was incredible…Please let everyone know how much we enjoyed the show and how much we appreciate your generosity in helping us raise funds to fight breast cancer.”

Michelle H. Wong Halabi, Komen Young Professionals Chair

Children’s Hospital Event – Women’s Pleasure Guild, “Laughing, Living, Giving”
Wednesday October 5th, 2011

“Thank you so much for creating such a WOW show to end a great event last night. You have such talent in the Shadowbox company – no wonder you’re tops in the nation!! Congratulations and thank you very much for all that you did to make the evening a success.”

Niki K. Shafer
Vice President, Annual Giving – Nationwide Children’s Hospital Foundation

For more information contact Edelyn Parker at 614.416.7625 or


For the past 4 years, Shadowbox Live has embarked on a very aggressive community outreach program focusing on education and collaboration. Garnering local and regional attention with it’s groundbreaking educational programs such as “STEM Rocks the Box” and the Shadowbox Academy’s Summer Boot Camp program, Shadowbox has also experienced great success by partnering with other Columbus arts organizations. These collaborative projects not only stretch both organizations artistically it also allows for cross-pollination between audiences.

“La Boheme” and Opera Columbus – October/November 2012

Shadowbox Live now announces a very special collaboration with Opera Columbus with their presentation of La Boheme directed by Executive Producer Stev Guyer in Shadowbox Live’s Backstage Bistro.

This 1-hour English adaptation of Puccini’s classic love story will feature simple piano accompaniment supporting the minimal Opera Columbus cast in the rustic environment of the Backstage Bistro. The innovative rendition is scheduled for six shows on Sunday’s at 5pm October 14 through November 18. On those same days, Shadowbox Live will be presenting the ever popular “Chicago” at 2:30p and 7:00p as part of it’s Musical Theatre Series. By presenting La Boheme at 5p between the two “Chicago” performances, Shadowbox Live hopes to capture the attention of those leaving the 2:30 show and those waiting to enter the 7:30p show.

By limiting the production to just an hour, presenting it in English and placing it in an accessible venue, the hope is that non-opera goers will be exposed to this classical art-form, gain an appreciation and become future patrons of the opera. Additionally, Opera Columbus supporters can stretch themselves by enjoying a unique interpretation of this classic work in the casual rustic setting of Shadowbox Live.

This is a very important project not only to the two participating arts organizations, but also for the Columbus community. Come support this exciting collaboration!

“7 Deadly Sins” and BalletMet – April/ May 2011

Shadowbox Live partnered with BalletMet in a project where world-renowned choreographers and the BalletMet company dancers danced to new compositions and arrangements of music performed live by Shadowbox Live musicians. The two seemingly opposites created the ultimate rock n roll ballet entitled 7 Deadly Sins. The collaboration enjoyed a sold out run and remains BalletMet’s most successful show to date outside of the Holiday tradition, The Nutcracker. Additionally, 7 Deadly Sins received GCAC’s 2011 Artistic Excellence award for risk, innovation and artistic excellence.

“Back to the Garden” and Actors Theatre – August 2010

Shadowbox Live presented its critically acclaimed musical “Back to the Garden: A Musical Journey through the Woodstock Festival” at Schiller Park as a benefit performance for Actors Theatre. Not only was Shadowbox Live able to draw a record setting crowd of 3,000 people but it also absorbed all the cost of the production and was able to raise close to $1,500 in donations via crowd solicitation for Actor’s Theatre. (See attached letters of support)

“Thank you! It was a remarkable evening on many levels. I have never seen so many people there in the park. The show was awesome. Thank you too for the wonderful donation to Actors Theatre! You were great to work with. A very positive experience in ALL ways. We should do this again.”

John Kuhn, Executive Director, Actors Theatre

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