- by Nook Schoenfeld
LOS ANGELES - The Wally Russell Foundation has now provided annual funding to the Los Angeles Opera totaling over $187,500.00 since the foundation was formed following the untimely death of Wally Russell in 1992. The Wally Foundation, founded in 1992, also supports a similar intern program at the Canadian Opera Company and annually provides an award to the Wally Russell Mentor of the Year in partnership with USITT, and frequently provides a Lifetime Achievement Award.
More details from the Wally Russell Fund (www.wallyrussellfund.org):
“This annual contribution has underwritten over 39 Wally Lighting Interns for the Los Angeles Opera who otherwise could not have afforded to spend the time working with the Opera to gain the experience needed to work professionally”, commented Jeff Kleeman, Technical Director of the Los Angeles Opera. "Most of these individuals are still in our industry, and many of them are still working professionally in free-lance positions at the Los Angeles Opera”.
“This has been an excellent partnership, and we are happy that the Foundation has had the financial resources to continue the annual support”, commented Tom Folsom, Wally Board Chair and President of KTRP, Inc. “Wally was my first ‘boss’ after Graduate School and the support and mentoring that he provided to me years ago has been a standard to strive for throughout my career, and I know he had a similar impact on many in our industry. He was a true visionary. He was always looking for new talent and new technology.” He concluded.
Any and all contributions to the Wally Foundation may be made at:
Wally Russell Foundation, Inc. 16458 Bolsa Chica Street #221 Huntington Beach, CA 92649 USA 714-699-3573 or the website listed above.