Giving & Support

LAUNCH PAD offers something unique to both nationally acclaimed playwrights and UC Santa Barbara students: the opportunity to work together on a fully produced new play. Playwrights see their work brought to life and can experiment with changes to the play through the final performance. Students are able to work closely with professional artists in the fields they study. 

This program relies on the support of our friends and alumni. If you love exciting new works performed by talented, up-and-coming actors, we invite you to consider making a gift and joining the LAUNCH PAD family.

A gift of any size can make a difference. Thank you for your support.

Photo by Lauren Mercier

“It was an intensely collaborative, lively experience. Truly what theatre should aim to be–a handful of people with wholly different life experiences all getting together to create an amazing story right now.”
- Dakotah Brown, BFA graduate, actor in La Niñera: The Nursemaid



For more information on making a gift, please contact Leslie Gray, Senior Director of Development, at (805) 893-4193, or by email at, or Julie Weiner, Director of Development, at (805) 893-3922, or by email at We look forward to hearing from you!


Please make your check payable to "UC Regents." On the memo section of the check, or in an enclosed letter, indicate that the gift is for LAUNCH PAD.

Mail to: 

Leslie Gray
Office of Development
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA  93106-2013


To make your contribution now via our secure online giving website, click the "make a gift" button below. Please be sure to mention LAUNCH PAD in the comment box on the giving form!


LAUNCH PAD Supporters:

  • Richard Auhll
  • Jan and Don O’Dowd Performance Fund
  • Arnhold Endowed Theater and Dance Production Fund*
  • John and Jill Bishop
  • The Towbes Fund for the Performing Arts, a field of interest fund of the Santa Barbara Foundation
  • David Anderson
  • Jeffrey and Alyssa Anderson
  • Sylvia Arreola
  • JIll and Arnie Bellowe
  • Eve Bernstein
  • Constance S. Brainin
  • Deborah Brevoort
  • Yussef El Guindi
  • Elizabeth Engelman
  • Dr. Leonard M. and Jill H. Fromer
  • Jack Harris
  • Lisa Harris
  • Bonnie and Dick Jensen
  • Robert "Gib" Johnson and Zoe Iverson
  • Bob Johnson and Lisa Reich
  • Scott Kassner and Linda Adler-Kassner
  • Bill and Linda Kitchen
  • Barbara Lebow
  • Margaret Leonard and Clare Sheils (in memory of Norman H. Brainin)
  • Jason Loewith
  • Brian and Karen MacDonald
  • Dr. David Marshall and Dr. Candace Waid
  • Emily Newsome
  • Lucinda and Thurman Newsome
  • Kim and Dean Pananides
  • Doug and Alissa Parrish
  • Owen and Barbara Patotzka
  • Charles and Joanna Reisner
  • Susan Rose 
  • Jeffry Sherbakoff
  • Manuel Sherbakoff
  • Jessie Sherman
  • Shad Springer
  • Dale and Greg Stamos
  • Anne Towbes
  • Steve and Joan Young
  • UCSB Summer Sessions Cultural Enrichment Grant
  • Dean’s Office, UCSB College of Letters and Science, Division of Humanities and Fine Arts

*To learn more about the Arnhold Endowed Theater and Dance Production Fund please read this article from the UCSB Current.