Dad’s Garage Artistic Director Kevin Gillese outside the church in the Old Fourth Ward the company plans to buy for its new home

Dad’s Garage Theatre Company successfully wrapped up their 60-day Kickstarter campaign last week, raising $169,985 from more than 1,000 donors. It’s  the most money raised by a live theatre on Kickstarter – ever. Not only will all of that money go toward the down payment on their new home, but they’ll also be receiving the full $150,000 matching gift offered to them by an anonymous donor.

So, what’s next?

A little more fundraising. Of the 2.2 million dollar price tag on the building, Dad’s Garage has secured 1.5 million of that in bank financing, and over $557,000 in cash donations – leaving them to raise the remaining $150,000 from major individual contributions, foundation gifts, and corporate sponsorships by their closing date in early January.

“It’s by far the largest undertaking this organization has met to date, but we’ve been met with such overwhelming support by the community that we all feel extremely optimistic that we’ll be able to meet this challenge,” Managing Director Lara Smith said. “Atlanta has spoken and they want us to stick around.”

Dad’s Garage left its longtime home in Inman Park more than a year ago to make way for an apartment complex. It’s since been performing shows at 7 Stages in nearby Little Five Points. This past July, Dad’s Garage announced that they were under contract on the Atlanta Metropolitan Christian Church at 569 Ezzard St. in the Old Fourth Ward.

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Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.