TAMPA, Fla. (April 21, 2016) – Powerstories Theatre was presented with the Spirit of Humanity $25,000 Award by Lisa and Nikki DeBartolo from the DeBartolo Family Foundation on Tuesday, April 19,2016.
Fran Powers, Executive Director and Founder said “We are unbelievably grateful and delighted! We are honored and humbled to receive this prestigious award for our work in the community to empower women and girls through leadership and theatre. Since our inception, over 10,000 youth have been served with 95% receiving free and reduced lunches.”
The Spirit of Humanity Award was created to honor non-profit corporations that provide extraordinary assistance to Tampa Bay residents with special needs. Since April 2002, more than 40 organizations have been recognized for their contributions to the community. ____________________________________________________________________________________
General information about Powerstories
Powerstories Theatre is a theatre production company with a mission of staging true stories to open minds
and hearts and inpsire action worldwide. The Theatre was founded in 2000 by Fran Powers after a cross
country bike ride across the country. “As I crossed the Wyoming border I saw a clear picture of starting a
theatre featuring true stories”.
Powerstories Theatre stages true stories to open minds and hearts and to inspire action worldwide. Since 2003, Powerstories Theatre has produced 12 original autobiographical shows based on true stories by women and girls, and performed for over 20,000 audience members. Storytelling of authentic experiences connects an audience to social issues on a personal level. In speaking true stories, performers and audiences alike receive a powerful gift – the validation that they are living a unique, valuable life.
Powerstories Theatre’s artistic recognition includes:
· National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award to Fran Powers. at the White House, 2010.
· WEDU BE MORE Award, Art and Culture, 2011.
· Powerstories Theatre honored in Singer Songwriter Josh Groban’s music video. http://www.joshgroban.com/news/2012-01-12/if-i-walk-away-video-premiere
· Lightning Community Hero Award to Fran Powers because “her productions positively affect the lives of thousands of middle school girls and women…. providing an avenue for their voices to be heard through storytelling”, 2013.
· Cultural Development Award, Arts Council of Hillsborough County, 2014.
· 2015 Winner of the Children’s Board of Hillsborough Business Plan Competition.
CONTACT: FRAN POWERS AT 813-205-3451, Fran@Powerstories.com