Funders

Pillsbury Hosue Theatre is supported in part by:
Aroha Philanthropies
Art Works
Bush Foundation, Regional Arts Development Program II
Greater Twin Cities United Way
Ruth Easton Fund of the Edelstein Family Foundation
Rosemary and David Good Family Foundation
Jerome Foundation
KBEM Jazz88 FM
Marbrook Foundation
The Andrew W Mellon Foundation
The McKnight Foundation
Minnesota State Arts Board
National Endowment for the Arts
The Shubert Foundation
Target
Theatre Communications Group
VSA Minnesota
Wells Fargo Foundation Minnesota

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Shubert Foundation United Way
Bush Foundation Wells Fargo Good Family Foundation
Art Works. arts.gov VSA Minnesota. The State Organization on Arts and Disability.
Jerome Foundation
The McKnight Foundation
KBEM Jazz88FM
Minnesota State Arts Board logo This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund, and by a grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation Minnesota. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment logo

The Ruth Easton Fund

The Ruth Easton Fund of the Edelstein Family Foundation Actress Ruth Easton (née Edelstein) was born in North Branch, Minnesota and graduated from North Branch High School. She attended the University of Minnesota for one year and the following year attended Macalester College before finishing her collegiate career at Cumnock School in Los Angeles. She went on to New York where she studied acting with Oliver Morosco. Mr. Morosco opened a stock theater company in upstate New York where Ms. Easton starred in several plays. After performing with other stock theater companies she returned to New York City where she appeared in five Broadway plays over a period of seven years. They included Exceedingly Small, Privilege Car, Town Bay, Buckaroo, and Charlie Chan. Exceedingly Small was directed by Ethel Barrymore and Easton played opposite Eric Dressler. New York critics praised her performance as “thoroughly touching” and “highly spirited and excellent.” She starred in radio dramas on the Rudy Vallee Hour and the Fleischmann’s Yeast Hour opposite such actors as Walter Huston, Judith Anderson and Lionel Barrymore. She also appeared with Clark Gable, Eddie Cantor and Al Jolson during the course of her career.

Ms. Easton’s legacy, her commitment to theater and the development of new works continues through the charitable gifts distributed through the Ruth Easton Fund of the Edelstein Family Foundation.

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