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Piven Theatre Workshop Announces the Kathleen Anna Norton Scholarship Fund to Support its PEEP Program Working with Adults with Developmental Disabilities

Piven Theatre Workshop is proud to announce the continuation of the Kathleen Anna Norton Scholarship Fund to support its year-round Piven Enrichment through Empowerment Program (PEEP) which provides theatre games and improvisation classes to adults with developmental disabilities to foster community, social, and creative growth.

The scholarship is underwritten by the Peyton Family Foundation, and was developed in conjunction with the Foundation’s sponsorship and support of the Workshop’s annual galas.

“Piven is extremely grateful to the Peyton Family Foundation for its generosity, and its support of the work we do with our PEEP program,” said Executive Director Leslie Brown.  “The Kathleen Anna Norton Scholarship Fund provides our students full access to our program at no cost to themselves or their families.”

For over ten years, Piven Theatre Workshop’s PEEP program has provided a nurturing ensemble setting in which adults with developmental disabilities are encouraged to express and share their creative spirit. PEEP students receive theatre training under the guidance of Piven’s teaching staff. Vital life and social skills such as listening, cooperation and collaboration are all emphasized.  For the last decade the costs of the program were fully underwritten by the Workshop.

Kathleen Anna Norton Scholarships are awarded by The Peyton Family Foundation to organizations that create a better world for disabled children and adults. The scholarship is named in honor of a Peyton family cousin who dedicated her life to the care and teaching of the most severely handicapped children and adults prior to her death in a traffic accident.

The Peyton Family Foundation was created in the memory of George and Anita Peyton with the mission to support organizations and causes that their children and grandchildren believe represent the lasting family values instilled by them. The Foundation supports organizations dedicated to medical care and support, inclusiveness, disadvantaged youth, and disabled children and adults.