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Actors Fund Promotes Barbara S. Davis to Deputy Executive Director

For immediate release
DATE: August 21, 2008
CONTACT: Ina Clark, 212.221.7300 ext. 176


Recognized for Developing Programs that Help Performing Arts & Entertainment Professionals in Need

(New York, NY) – The Actors Fund, which helps almost 10,000 actors, dancers, musicians, singers and those behind-the-scenes in all facets of performing arts and entertainment, has announced that Barbara S. Davis has been promoted to Deputy Executive Director, a new position. “Barbara Davis is a perfect example of what The Actors Fund is all about,” said Fund Executive Director Joe Benincasa. “Her passionate support for those who work in performing arts and entertainment and her creativity with new ideas that help The Fund provide assistance has led to this expanded role in administration and fundraising. I’m looking forward to having Barbara work closely by my side.”

Davis, who joined The Actors Fund in 1984, previously held the title of Chief Program Officer, with responsibility for developing and implementing the two dozen programs that provide support for those in need who work in the entertainment community. She will continue to oversee all programs at The Fund. A graduate of the Masters Program in Social Work at Columbia University as well as the Executive Management Program and the Leadership Program at Columbia’s Business School Institute of Not-for-Profit Management, Davis’ accomplishments at The Fund include the creation and expansion of many social and health services programs, including mental health services, the AIDS Initiative, the Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative, The Dancers’ Resource and the Health Insurance Resource Center – and its acclaimed website. She’s also played a significant role in the program development of the Aurora on 57th Street – a facility for seniors, those living with HIV/AIDS and low-income working professionals, the expansion of The Lillian Booth Actors’ Home in Englewood, New Jersey, and the building of the Schermerhorn Residence in Brooklyn, which is slated to open late this year.
The Actors Fund is a national human services organization that helps all professionals in performing arts and entertainment. The Fund, which helps not just actors but everyone who works in theatre, film, TV, music, dance, radio and opera, is a safety net, providing social services and emergency assistance, health services, employment and training programs and housing support for those who are in need, crisis or transition. Learn more about The Actors Fund at