Why We Matter

In order to support the arts, the artists must be supported, and The Arts Bridge Charity endeavors to provide that assistance.

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How We Help

We provide financial assistance via grants to individual artists, who, due to unforeseen circumstances, have lost their source of income.

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Artist Grants

Providing assistance through grants for artistic endeavors because of COVID-19 & natural disasters.

Our Mission

Our mission is to bridge the financial gap when artists or artistic endeavors lose income or assets due to unforeseen circumstances out of their control.

The arts play an important role in all communities, allowing people to engage with one another and let their imaginations run wild. The arts also promote understanding of one another and sharing of culture. In order to support the arts, the artists must be supported, and The ABC endeavors to provide that assistance.

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Board Members

Whitney Morse

Whitney Morse

is a graduate of Rollins College and Columbia University School of The Arts (MFA Acting) and has worked as an actor in New York City, Chicago, Orlando and The Villages.

Whitney Morse

While attending Columbia she studied with some of the world’s leading teaching artists including Kristin Linklater, Andrei Serban, Olympia Dukakis, Larry Singer and Anne Bogart. She also studied the art of teaching acting at Columbia’s sister school Barnard College under Rebecca Guy of Julliard.

Jason Goedken

Jason Goedken

is an Iowa native & graduate of The University of Northern Iowa. After college Jason spent 6 years in Chicago as an actor and facilities maintenance manager.

Jason Goedken

After Chicago he moved to NYC for 5 years. While in New York he worked at The New York Theatre Workshop as an intern and a recipient of the Theatre Communications Group New Generations Future Leaders fellow. Jason also worked in the professional intern program at The Juilliard School.

Margaret Garner

Margaret Garner

graduated from Rollins College with her Bachelor’s degree in Theatre, and quite literally grew up in the McCoy Theatre at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee where her father was a professor and the Chair of the Music and Theatre departments.

Margaret Garner

She is also a classically trained soprano and former ballet dancer, and has played roles varying from Rapunzel in Into the Woods to Titania in Midsummer Night’s Dream. After graduating from college, she put her performance skills to work in a slightly different way, obtaining her Juris Doctorate and graduating Cum Laude from Barry University, School of Law in 2010. These days she keeps herself busy as a managing partner of the law firm Katranis, Wald & Garner, PLLC, where she primarily focuses on representing property owners in Florida in first-party claims against insurance carriers who have wrongfully denied or underpaid insurance claims, representing residential and commercial property owners throughout the state of Florida.

Roberta Emerson

Roberta Emerson

is a Director, Actor, Producer, and educator among many other hats she proudly wears. She is a graduate of both the University of Minnesota with a BFA in Acting and Theatre Management and New York University with an MFA in Acting.

Roberta Emerson

She has worked as an actor and director in many regional theaters around the country, has done extensive voice over, commercial and film work, and has been a teaching artist both stateside and in Europe. Roberta is an active voice for the representation of BIPOC artists and as such, serves as the Theatre Relations lead with the Central Florida Entertainment Advocacy Organization.

David Rice

David Rice

is Co-Founder (with his late wife Alison C. Vesely) of First Folio Theatre, where he the Executive Artistic Director. He has produced over 70 productions with First Folio which have earned 44 Jeff Nominations and 6 Jeff Awards.

David Rice

is also a playwright specializing in adaptations, whose works include Shrew’d!, Captain Blood, Cymbeline: A Musical Folk Tale (Jeff Awards – Original Adaptation and Original Music), The Madness of Edgar Allan Poe: A Love Story (Jeff Nomination – Original Adaptation), The Castle of Otranto, and Dean Monti’s Why Dogs Don’t Talk. David is a proud member of both the Dramatists Guild and Actors Equity Association.