Program…Ken Schieck

GIFT, Giving Individuals Fabulous Theater, is a nonprofit organization which brings theater to individuals—many of whom are unable to experience it otherwise. Since the start of 2013, GIFT has performed for local health centers, assisted living facilities, and children’s hospitals. GIFT performs a variety of short musicals, plays, and scenes for residents at these facilities, who are unable to attend theater productions and may have never seen a live production. Entirely run by students, GIFT has worked with over 100 performers, technicians, designers, photographers, marketers, and directors between the ages of 11 and 20. The passionate students that are a part of GIFT have come from and perform all over the Bay Area, including, but not limited to Campbell, Saratoga, Sunnyvale, Palo Alto, Cupertino, Los Gatos, San Jose, Santa Clara, Mountain View, and Belmont. Connected through outside theater groups, schools, clubs, and friends of friends, these students all come together with one common goal: to use their talent to give to others. GIFT has been commended by the county of Santa Clara for its volunteer work, and has been featured in the San Jose Mercury News, The Valley Catholic, and other local newspapers. GIFT has performed for hospitalized individuals ranging from ages 2 to 107 and has produced specialty productions in conjunction with Villa Montalvo’s ArtSplash festival. Additionally, GIFT has raised over $12,000 for local charities including the Sub-Acute Saratoga Children’s Hospital, Free the Children, local church programs, foster care therapy programs, food drives, and more.