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The $50,000 Goal

$10,000 Lead gift secured – matching $1 for every $2 donated. For example, a $1,000 gift will be matched with $500 from the Lead Gift

Your donation of $250 and above includes a special invitation to a private reception hosted by Dean Robert Bucker, Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication, and two complimentary tickets to the evening’s TADW production.

Please click on the link below. You will be redirected to the CSUN Alumni Donation Page.



Teenage Drama Workshop Endowment Fund

Sponsored by The Callbacks: TADW Alumni

The Backstory

2011 marked the 54th Annual Teenage Drama Workshop, the longest running teenage summer stock program in the nation. Many former TADW participants remember their summers in TADW as some of the most gratifying in their lives. They are returning now as parents, enrolling their children in this acclaimed program, and continuing the TADW legacy for a new generation. 

We are all keenly aware of dwindling support of the arts in our schools. TADW gives middle school to high school students six weeks of intensive training in theater arts. A long lasting benefit of theatrical training in the adolescent years are the life skills and work ethic the teens learn that last well into their adult years. As both a Workshop Alum (’73-’75) and parent to a third-year TADW student, I have experienced the benefits of this program in its fullest circle. 

At 14 through 16 years of age, TADW (back then we called it “the Workshop”) encouraged this gawky duckling of a performer into becoming a swan in the entertainment pond. Improv training taught me the skills to adapt to ever changing business climates. Acting training strengthened my communication skills. Being able to perform as many as ten shows, gave me the practical experience of the joys - and struggles - of hard work.

Most importantly, TADW brings our teenagers’ best qualities to the community. TADW Children’s Theater productions often bring in audiences of children who are experiencing their first live professional theatrical performances, their first trip to a college campus, the first glimmer of inspiration to step forward to be a part of an ensemble. 

It is for these reasons, my husband, Danny Jacob (composer for Phineas and Ferb), and I have established the Teenage Drama Workshop Endowment by donating the lead gift. What I experienced, the best of the Valley’s contribution to the arts, is being experienced by today’s teens to the fullest. The Valley’s cornfields may be gone, its orange groves may now be relegated to a corner of the CSUN campus and landmarks such as drive-in theatres may have been replaced by shopping malls, but CSUN’s Teenage Drama Workshop is a powerful, vibrant presence. And with your patronage and support, its lights will not be dimmed.  

-Marylata Elton Jacob (TADW Alumni ’73- ‘75)

Make check payable to CSUN Foundation (TADW Endowment in the memo portion). Mail form along with check to:

Andrea Reinken
CSUN Foundation
18111 Nordhoff Street
Mail Code 8236
Northridge, CA 91330-8236

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