HOFOPRO gives artists and performers a chance to be seen and heard. Acting companies, dance companies and solo performance artists, children’s theater and poetry, film script and play readings—all have worthy projects artists have poured their hearts and souls into creating, developing and performing only to see their efforts die a lonely death on a small stage because they can’t afford to move to a larger venue.

HOFOPRO changes that by making grants to pay for free or reduced rent at Theatre 80. HOFOPRO honors the work of Howard and Florence Otway, who built Theatre 80 in 1964. Their son Lorcan Otway and his wife Genie Gilmore-Otway, civil rights lawyers and long-time community activists, formed the Howard Otway and Florence Otway Opportunity Project to honor his parents’ life-long commitment to the arts.