About us

About Us

Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization with the mission of fostering, promoting, and encouraging young people in the St. Louis region to discover and participate in the joy and wonder of live performances. The Foundation provides unique opportunities and develops educational performing arts programs focused on young artists.

Our beginnings

The Fabulous Fox Theatre in St. Louis was purchased in June, 1981 by Fox Associates, LLC, a private partnership. Robert J. Baudendistel, Harvey A. Harris, and the late Leon Strauss had a dream to restore the Fox Theatre to its original grandeur. Under their aegis, and with Mary Strauss directing the restoration, they made that dream a reality. Since then, the ownership has continued, through several additional restorations, to secure the Fox Theatre as one of the premier venues in the country. With the success of the Fox Theatre and Fox Theatricals, the producing arm of Fox Associates, LLC, the ownership took the next step in realizing the second part of their dream — the creation of Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation in 2002.

Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation Board of Directors


    Ms. Mary Strauss, President
    Ms. Marlene Birkman, PhD., Vice President
    Ms. Jenny Gupta, Secretary / Treasurer
    Ms. Janet Brown, PhD.
    Mr. Alonzo Lee
    Ms. Laurie Lock
    Ms. Lana Pepper
    Mr. James Weidman


Shannon Manning

Program Manager

Shannon Manning is the Program Manager of the Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation, Shannon served as the Marketing, Events and Outreach Coordinator at St. Louis Public Radio, where she managed a number of on and off-site events and programs, particularly for young audiences. In this role, she re-branded the Young Friends Membership group to the Generation Listen STL. Shannon’s performing arts non-profit experience also includes Circus Flora and Mad Art Gallery. Shannon earned a BA in Art History from Saint Louis University.

Email: shannon@FoxPACF.org

Photo Credit: ProPhotoSTL

Years of Service

Annual Programs

St. Louis Teen Talent Competitions

Kids' Night at The Fabulous Fox


The Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation brings much joy and inspiration to the St. Louis community. I can’t imagine how many lives have been affected and spirits lifted by this amazing organization.
-Janet Smith