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why we're here

Our mission is to provide vibrant and relevant arts programming for the surrounding neighborhoods and communities of The San Fernando Valley and greater Los Angeles area. We provide pivotal arts experiences for some of the Valley’s most underserved residents and work alongside local k-12 schools to incorporate crucial arts learning into their curriculums. No matter their background, The Soraya is a place where students, families, arts patrons, and first-timers are all equally welcomed.


Persevering in the face of challenges is part of our DNA — a two-decade quest for a site, a fundraising campaign interrupted by the Great Recession, and construction stalled by a state budget crisis. In the face of adversity, the Valley Performing Arts Center was born from tenacity. CSUN’s commitment was the game-changer, followed by support from County and State public leaders; Valley citizens and philanthropists joined the cause, and Younes and Soraya Nazarian secured a vision for the future.

Typically, this is the time of year when many supporters renew their annual gifts and purchase season tickets. If your circumstances allow, please consider re-allocating some of those resources to this one-time effort. These are unusual times, and they demand of us that we stand up bold ideas. Please join in making them a reality.

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If you’d like to support an individual project, please contact The Soraya Development Department at (818) 677-8877 or You can view our online performances by clicking here.

Ways to Support

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Thank You to our Supporters

Y&S Nazarian Family Foundation
The Annenberg Foundation
The Green Foundation
Sheila Kurland ’78 & Stanford L. Kurland ‘75
The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation
Debbie Valera & Milt Valera ‘68

$25,000 - $49,999
The Labowe Family Foundation
Kathleen P. Martin
The Lloyd E. Rigler Lawrence E. Deutsch Foundation
$10,000 - $24,999
Jill Banks Barad & Dr. Ross B. Hopkins
Rosalyn Berg & Neal M. Berg ‘80
Dr. Mary A. Ditto & Frank W. Becker
Earl S. Enzer ‘83 & Karen D. Enzer ‘82
The Fanny & Svante Knistrom Foundation
Sherry Lapides
Los Angeles Jewish Symphony
Saint Nicholas Foundation
Conor O’Neil
Francine Oschin ‘84, MA ‘85
Elizabeth A. Purcell
The Ring Foundation
Stanley & Anita Hirsh Trust
Dr. Carol Shubin
Linda Swarzman & Judd T. Swarzman CLU
U.S. Bank Foundation - Christina Ketsoyan
Wilmington Trust – Brian Oard
Josephine A. Barbera ‘61, MA ‘70 & Robert J. Barbera
Dr. Shari-Tarver Behring & John Behring
The Stanley and Joyce Black Family Foundation
The Braun Family
Roberta Cipra ‘85, Sherlock
Cipra & Dale Cipra ‘73
Melissa Clinton & Ryan Clinton
Renee M. Di Pierro & Vincent T. Di Pierro ‘77
Dr. Bonnie Faherty & Edward G. Feldman
Goldman Sachs
Yvonne L. Green
Milken Family Foundation
The Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation
*Dr. Raul Ruiz
Charlene M. Sievers ‘74 & Michael W. Sievers

$2,500 - $4,999
Linda Abell & Jeffrey M. Abell
Jeffrey W. Baker & Rodney S. Davis
Dr. Marlene F. Bane
Charles Berney
Christine Burdick-Bell & Michael F. Bell
Nancy Easterly & Mike Easterly
Jilanne P. Fager ‘63, MA ‘72 & Richard A. Fager ‘62
Karen W. Harper & Don Harper
Miriam B. Jaffe
Christina Jaskiewicz
Patricia A. Kiddoo & Dr. Robert J. Kiddoo ‘69
Cornelia Marco & Noah Marco
Deborah L. Myman & Robert M. Myman
Joyce A. Primes ‘75 & David M. Primes ‘76, MS ‘12
Dr. Cynthia Z. Rawitch & Robert J. Rawitch ‘67
Andrea M. Reinken ‘80 & Donald Reinken
Christi K. Robinson ‘07 & John Robinson
Rydell Chevrolet – Gus Garcia
Marcella A. Tyler & Richard R. Tyler
Susan P. Washton & Martin C. Washton

$1,000 - $2,499
Anonymous (2)
Julie E. Blair ‘13 & Scott L. Blair ‘97, MA ‘07
Joan A. Boyett
Susan P. Brown & Robert F. Brown
Edward Burke ‘59, MA ‘69
The Burkhart Foundation
Catherine M. Cameron & Dr. Donald J. Cameron
The Charitable Foundation
Allison B. Clago
Christine Clark & Jimmy L. Clark ‘87
The County of Los Angeles Supervisor Kathryn Barger
Adrianna Cruz-Ocampo
Lynne DeWitt & James Dewitt
Gordon Durand
Susan G. Ettinger ‘80, MS ‘84
Walter Fidler
The Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation
Gail Fonosch
Timothy W. Fox & Phyllis Russell ‘76
Deanna M. Freeman-Gorman & Alfred J. Gorman
Sandra A. Friedman & Ronald S. Friedman ‘70
Wendy Furth
Grant Geissman
Christina Gertz & Ronald H. Gertz ‘73
Marian B. Gould ‘79 & Jerome Gould
Leah V. Granof
George A. Johnson
Great Western Foils
Dr. Dianne F. Harrison & Mr. John L. Wujack
Barbara Johnson
Julie Korenstein ‘71
Judith Kugel
Deirdre M. Larkin ‘88 & Edwin C. Tingstrom
Helen Lowy ‘75 & Alan G. Lowy
Haviva Maroko & Michael Maroko
Cathleen Meyers
The Honorable Joy N. Picus & Dr. Gerald S. Picus
Barbara Pinchuk & Sheldon Pinchuk
Cheryl Santor
Kathleen Schwartzman
Maggy Simon & Jack B. Simon
Thor Steingraber
Karen & Sandy Tandler
Margaret B. Thomas
Village Travel Store
Julia Strickland & Timothy S. Wahl
Rachel Weissberger & Joel Weissberger
Florentina West
Dr. Annette A. Besnilian ‘94, Ed D ‘13 & George G. Besnilian
Susan Cole Cassling ‘92
David Fleming & Jean Fleming
Mark & Marla Gitig
Linda Hoban & Louis L. Hoban ‘98
Katherine Hongchoy
Ada & Jim Horwich
Family Foundation
Glorya Kaufman
Harriet Leibovitch & Dr. Eric R. Leibovitch
Marla Lefton ’83 & Cary J. Lefton
Isolda Luber
Anita Mann Kohl & Allen D. Kohl
Laurie Mondrus ‘71 & Charles Mondrus
Sherri W. Morr ‘75 & Paul Verger
Alan Nahmias
Natalie Noblitt & Jeffrey M. Noblitt
Maria S. Paredes
Karen K. Platt
Nancy Porter
Gloria S. Reyes ‘93 & Samuel Reyes
Helene L. Schacter & Dr. Robert I. Schacter
Donna Stillo
Barbara G. Sunenshine ‘96
Dorothy F. Ungerleider ‘75
Marlene Varnen
Leslie Vermut
The Weingart Foundation
Laurence Wolfe & Susan Wolfe
Alma R. Zatarain ‘80 & Mark A. Bowland

250 - $499
Cathy A. Bennett ‘82 & Paul Bennett
Jean O. Buesing & Gregory P. Buesing
Cindy L. Chernow ‘78, MA ‘91 & Dr. Daniel M. Chernow ‘67, MA ‘89 MA ‘03
Dr. Marjorie S. Denker ‘77
Estelle K. Hekkers ‘96
V. Rev. Spencer T. Kezios
Susan Knox
Julie McDonald
Maria Meissner
Patricia I. Miller ‘72, MA ‘76 & Robert H. Miller ‘73, MA ‘76
Gerhard Paskusz
Monika Poe & Terry D. Poe
Ludmila Rastor
Sabrina & Bradley Rife
Laura L. Rishe ‘72 & Jerrold E. Rishe ‘72
Carol Rosenberg ‘93 & Howard A. Rosenberg
Michael C. Ryan & Kenneth B. Howard
Fred Scholder
Paul Springer
Patricia Streeter
Paul Troy
Paula G. Watkins & Dr. William C. Watkins ‘74


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