Summer 2015

The Latest News and Happenings for The Final Acts Project.
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Theater, Creative Arts and Humanities Supporting End of Life Education and Planning



This past spring was an inspiring and busy season for The Final Acts Project, with three performances in Austin, Texas, and Bucket List Parties in San Antonio. We are taking advantage of the summer months to workshop and plan fall programming.



On September 15th, at 6:30 pm, The Final Acts Project will host an encore performance by Dr. Raymond Barfield from Duke University at The Church of Reconciliation.
Dr. Barfield is a pediatric oncologist and palliative care physician. He is also a very gifted writer and poet and will be reading from his most recent work, 
The Book of Colors.  Dr. Barfield will participate in a panel discussion on The Compassion in the ConversationThe event is free, and will be co-hosted by ABODE and the San Antonio peaceCenter.  

October 30th and 31st The Final Acts Project will participate in a conference at Our Lady of the Lake University and Oblate School of Theology in partnership with ABODE and the San Antonio peaceCenter, among many others. Please watch for additional details in our fall newsletter. 




Great events don’t happen without the help of many dedicated people, organizations and sponsors, and our May events were no exception to this rule. Dr. Raymond Barfield, from Duke University, was the keynote speaker at both May events. Dr. Barfield collaborated with TFAP Artistic Director, Adam Roberts, to deliver exceptional programming to our audiences. His talks were thought-provoking, powerful, and moved audiences to participate in the post-production conversations. A special thanks also goes out to the following friends of TFAP: Ms. Bernadette Nason, a well-known story-teller who provided an encore performance of “The Dead Giveaway”; and to William Chapman, a brilliantly talented San Antonio-based tenor who performed at our Saturday event; and, lastly, to the amazing members of GAGA, the Gentileschi Aegis Gallery Association of San Antonio, for a thematically-inspired art exhibit. Most importantly, we could not have provided programming without the generous support of the St. David’s Foundation, Dell Medical School and St. Luke Methodist Church.

Dr. Raymond Barfield

Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Christian Studies at Duke University

Photo by Audrey Long
May 15, 2015 TFAP had an encore performance by Austin actress, Bernadette Nason, entitled The Dead Giveaway: A Play in One Final Act. 


Beyond performances, the second quarter of 2015 was very productive for The Final Acts Project.
  • In the second quarter of the year, TFAP recruited 6 new members to the Board of Directors: Stephanie Graham, J.D. from Kansas City, Missouri; Gail Yantis from Austin, Texas; Sonja Howell from Boerne, Texas and Dana McCartney, CPA, from Katy, Texas; Javier Kane, M.D. from Temple, Texas and Michelle Mirsky, writer, from Austin, Texas. Many thanks to each one of you for getting your feet wet!
  • TFAP is forging a new partnership with Badgerdog Publications to provide programming for medically fragile children. Michelle Mirsky is spearheading this effort on the Board. We hope to launch First Acts in 2016!
  • TFAP’s community-based Bucket List Parties continue inspire conversation. Please contact us if you are interested in hosting a Bucket List Party in your community. Our participants inspire great conversations that continue long after the party is over!
  • A few of our Board members hosted Professor Sarah Winch, from Queensland University, this spring. Advanced care planning challenges are facing Australians, as well. Sarah has taken some of our programming ideas back to her country for pilot testing. 
  • Special thanks to Box Web Design for helping The Final Acts Project establish a web presence in our first year!
In our first year of existence, The Final Acts Project has proven effective using the performing arts and humanities in returning the advance care planning conversation to the communities we work in. It is our hope that The Final Acts Project will continue to expand the advance care planning conversation through our diverse collaborations and partnerships within every community we work in.

With Warmest Wishes,
Craig Hurwitz, M.D. and Deborah J. Kaercher, MPH, Ph.D.


The Final Acts Project is a humanitarian effort designed to produce lasting changes in the way our society approaches advance care planning and end-of-life conversations. This work cannot be done without the support of individual donations. Philanthropy does not have to be big to be effective. Please consider making a tax deductible contribution to support this most important mission. Click below to donate online or mail your donation to: The Final Acts Project, PO Box 115, Helotes, Texas 78023. Let’s all work together to make the end-of-life conversation a priority for each one of us. Every person deserves to write their own life script.


The final acts project needs you! The growth of a non-profit requires the steadfast support of volunteers, and TFAP is growing! If you are interested in becoming a volunteer with TFAP in the areas of facilitation for Bucket List Parties, art exhibits, performance, blog writing, fundraising, office support and grant writing, we have a spot just for you.  Contact us today to learn more about volunteering with TFAP!


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