A BRAND NEW
WRITER. DIRECTOR. PRODUCER.
TEACHER. STANDUP COMEDIAN.
THE DEL SHORES FOUNDATION
FINDING AND FACILITATING SUCCESS FOR THE NEXT GENERATION OF SOUTHERN LGBTQ WRITERS
Del Shores has had an incredible career across theatre, film and television as a writer, director, producer, lecturer, teacher, coach and standup comedian. His most explosive hit, Sordid Lives, was inspired by his own coming out journey to his southern family. Since then, he has occupied a unique space as a gay southern writer, exploring and sharing the stories of people who often have not seen themselves reflected in the entertainment they consume.
In his success, Del realized that the hardest part is getting the opportunity, exposure and guidance it takes to open the first doors in the entertainment industry. We are starting the Del Shores Foundation as fans of his work who realize that the next generation of southern LGBTQ+ writers are out there, and we want to create programs that lead to real opportunities for those living in the south, just starting out.
We have many exciting ideas for programming, awards, grants and opportunities beginning in 2020! Watch this space for ways you can participate and volunteer.
**TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATIONS ARE NOW OPEN**
“I’ve been involved for the last 25 years as a board member and donor for both local and national LGBTQ non-profits, and I personally feel that Del’s work like Sordid Lives and Southern Baptist Sissies has done more to change the minds of folks and to heal the hearts of others than anything I’ve ever seen.
So, what if we created a non-profit that would support screenwriters and playwrights from the South to do what Del has done all these years - changing minds and healing hearts through the arts with the goal of seeking out and supporting the next generation of LGBTQ voices. This will be the first national non-profit that provides a wide array of services to support the artistic voices of those who share stories like Del’s - like ours.”
- Stuart Bell, Founder and Board Co-Chair