Join us in Austin May 15th and 16th!
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The Final Acts Project is a community-based health education initiative that serves as a catalyst to stimulate end-of-life discussions, planning, and legacy-building through the theater, creative arts and the humanities.


The weekend of May 15 and 16, 2015, The Final Acts Project (TFAP) will host two separate events in Austin.

FRIDAY, MAY 15, 6:00pm: “A Doctor, a Conductor, and Death walk into a Bar: Artistic Intersections With Our Final Act”  at Dell Children’s Hospital (4900 Mueller Ave, Austin). The event features Dr. Ray Barfield from Duke University as the keynote speaker and music and discussion with TFAP Artistic Director Adam Roberts. The evening also includes a thematically-inspired art exhibit by the members of GAGA, the Gentileschi Aegis Gallery Association of San Antonio, and a pilot Legacy Exhibit, featuring artifacts and thoughts of board members. Wine, nibbles and sweets will be served. Free and open to the public. CLICK HERE TO RSVP

SATURDAY, May 16, 7:00pm: Dr. Barfield will speak at an interfaith event at St. Luke United Methodist Church of Austin (1306 West Lynn, Austin) at 7:00pm on “The Compassion in the Conversation”.  The evening will include an encore performance of The Dead Giveaway, The Legacy Exhibit display, and live music by tenor William Chapman. ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­  Dessert reception.  Free and open to the public. CLICK HERE TO RSVP
Two wonderful evenings of performance & conversation you will want to attend!

Greetings from our Founders!

It’s been a very busy first quarter of the year for The Final Acts Project (TFAP), including performance of our first original work (see page 2) and a strong, enthusiastic audience response to take action and start the conversation.

  • Our Board of Directors has continued to expand to include members from diverse sectors of the community and from across the nation. New board members Michelle Mirsky and Dr. Javier Kane are collaborating with Dr. Craig Hurwitz and Badgerdog Publications in the coming months to bring the writing arts to the bedside of medically fragile children.
  • We received our 501(c) (3) tax exempt status from the IRS (with gratitude to John A. Kaercher, JD, of the Baker Botts law firm) and now can receive donations directly via our website. We owe a special thanks to the Austin Creative Alliance for their fiscal sponsorship during our first year of growth, and without whom we could not have made such progress.
  • We have a Facebook Page now to support our website , so please friend us and keep up with TFAP developments and news.

The Final Acts Project is not alone in trying to improve the end-of-life conversation. There are numerous organizations, physicians, nurses, artists and writers working to galvanize a conversation that has been long overdue, and we are grateful for their steadfast efforts.  In our first year of development, The Final Acts Project has proven effective using the performing arts and humanities to move the conversation forward. May we continue to expand the conversation through our many collaborations in 2015.
With Warmest Wishes,
Craig Hurwitz, M.D. and Deborah J. Kaercher, MPH, Ph.D.

The Final Acts Project is working to produce lasting changes in the way our society approaches legacy building and end of life conversations. Please consider making a contribution to support program development, theater performances, exhibits, lectures and our Bucket List Parties. Contributions are tax deductible. Click here to donate online or mail your donation to: The Final Acts Project, PO Box 115, Helotes, Texas 78023.  Thank you for your  support. Let’s make changing the way we have the conversation a priority for each one of us.
Photo by Audrey Long.  On February 27, 2015 TFAP piloted an original work entitled The Dead Giveaway: A Play in One Final Act. Click here to read more
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.  Learn more about volunteering with TFAP by contacting Deborah Kaercher at or
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