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June 20, 2002 | CHRISTOPHER REYNOLDS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Audrey Skirball-Kenis, a self-effacing daughter of privilege who loved horse racing and steered millions of philanthropic dollars to causes from the study of Jewish culture to the encouragement of new playwrights, died early Wednesday. She was 87 and died of natural causes, a spokeswoman for the family said. Born Audrey Marx and raised in New York as the daughter of a banker, Skirball-Kenis moved to Southern California in the 1940s.
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July 27, 2003 | Don Shirley, Times Staff Writer
For years, Audrey Skirball-Kenis and Charles Kenis asked not what the theater could do for them. They asked what they could do for the theater. The acme of their theatrical philanthropy was A.S.K. Theater Projects. Most of the theatergoing public never heard much about it. But for many L.A. theater artists -- especially in smaller theaters -- A.S.K. was a godsend. And its recently announced demise, presaged by major changes in its mission last year, is devastating.
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October 15, 1990 | GRETA BEIGEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A $1-million donation by the Skirball Foundation to the Los Angeles Music Center Opera will be announced today. The gift, in four annual installments beginning in February, will be earmarked for the MCO's Resident Artists Program, which supports local singers at the beginning of their careers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 2002 | CHRISTOPHER REYNOLDS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Audrey Skirball-Kenis, a self-effacing daughter of privilege who loved horse racing and steered millions of philanthropic dollars to causes from the study of Jewish culture to the encouragement of new playwrights, died early Wednesday. She was 87 and died of natural causes, a spokeswoman for the family said. Born Audrey Marx and raised in New York as the daughter of a banker, Skirball-Kenis moved to Southern California in the 1940s.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 2001
Morris H. Bergreen, 83, president of the Skirball Foundation and a founder and trustee of Los Angeles' Skirball Cultural Center, died Monday in New York City of heart complications. Bergreen, who also maintained a home in Rancho Mirage, Calif., was considered a visionary by cultural center officials, who said in a statement that he worked to make the center "a place of welcome and inspiration for people from all over the world."
ENTERTAINMENT
July 27, 2003 | Don Shirley, Times Staff Writer
For years, Audrey Skirball-Kenis and Charles Kenis asked not what the theater could do for them. They asked what they could do for the theater. The acme of their theatrical philanthropy was A.S.K. Theater Projects. Most of the theatergoing public never heard much about it. But for many L.A. theater artists -- especially in smaller theaters -- A.S.K. was a godsend. And its recently announced demise, presaged by major changes in its mission last year, is devastating.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 1998 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
How lucky can a teenager get? Students in two English classes at Hamilton High School found some other people to take a final exam for them Wednesday: actors. Professional actors dropped in at the Westside campus to perform dramatic readings of plays written by students as a semester project. The fledgling writers gave the actors top marks for their interpretation of their work.
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February 21, 1991 | SUZANNE MUCHNIC, TIMES ART WRITER
Motorists on the San Diego Freeway may think that a 15-acre construction site in Sepulveda Pass is just one more plot of parched earth. But to Uri Herscher, executive president of Hebrew Union College, the dusty site is akin to the Promised Land. It's the future home of the college's Skirball Cultural Center, a $55-million complex designed to celebrate Jewish-American experience. Foundations are now being laid for the 130,000-square-foot project, just west of the freeway at Mulholland Drive.
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July 12, 2003 | Don Shirley, Times Staff Writer
A.S.K. Theater Projects, L.A.'s most prestigious theater-funding organization, will close its operations Sept. 30. The decision to pull the plug was supported by two of the group's three board members: Andrea Shapiro and her father, Charles Kenis, who founded A.S.K. in 1989 with his late wife, Audrey Skirball-Kenis. They informed the board's third member, Kym Eisner, who is also the organization's executive director, 11 days ago, Eisner said. A.S.K.
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December 6, 2002 | Don Shirley
The planned 125-seat second theater at the Geffen Playhouse will be named the Audrey Skirball-Kenis Theater in honor of a $5-million grant from the Skirball Foundation, Geffen producing director Gilbert Cates announced Thursday. Skirball-Kenis, a philanthropist who died in June, "loved the idea of developing a theater for developing theater," said her husband, Charles Kenis, referring to the Geffen's plans to use the small theater as a developmental laboratory.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 2001
Morris H. Bergreen, 83, president of the Skirball Foundation and a founder and trustee of Los Angeles' Skirball Cultural Center, died Monday in New York City of heart complications. Bergreen, who also maintained a home in Rancho Mirage, Calif., was considered a visionary by cultural center officials, who said in a statement that he worked to make the center "a place of welcome and inspiration for people from all over the world."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 1998 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
How lucky can a teenager get? Students in two English classes at Hamilton High School found some other people to take a final exam for them Wednesday: actors. Professional actors dropped in at the Westside campus to perform dramatic readings of plays written by students as a semester project. The fledgling writers gave the actors top marks for their interpretation of their work.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 1991 | SUZANNE MUCHNIC, TIMES ART WRITER
Motorists on the San Diego Freeway may think that a 15-acre construction site in Sepulveda Pass is just one more plot of parched earth. But to Uri Herscher, executive president of Hebrew Union College, the dusty site is akin to the Promised Land. It's the future home of the college's Skirball Cultural Center, a $55-million complex designed to celebrate Jewish-American experience. Foundations are now being laid for the 130,000-square-foot project, just west of the freeway at Mulholland Drive.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 15, 1990 | GRETA BEIGEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A $1-million donation by the Skirball Foundation to the Los Angeles Music Center Opera will be announced today. The gift, in four annual installments beginning in February, will be earmarked for the MCO's Resident Artists Program, which supports local singers at the beginning of their careers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 1999 | HILARY E. MacGREGOR
Hundreds of young bards gathered in the auditorium at Skirball Cultural Center on Monday for a reading of their first works by professional actors. Funded by the Skirball Foundation and sponsored by the Audrey Skirball-Kenis Theater Project, the program is free to participating schools.
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October 23, 1994 | ENRIQUE LAVIN
For the third consecutive year, South-Central-based Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion has contributed $25,000 to nonprofit educational and community service programs in the area. Third-time recipients Hoover Intergenerational Center and the United Neighborhood Council, as well as Hope in Youth, Girls Inc., Central Recovery and Development Ministry and the National Conference of Christians and Jews benefited from the college's gifts.
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