‘Tricia’s Fund’: A Memorial Fund Created In Honor of Tricia McCauley

A memorial fund in honor of Tricia McCauley (1970-2016)

Tricia McCauley.

In loving memory of Tricia McCauley — slain actor/yoga teacher/healer — friends and family set up the Theater Professionals Insurance Fund (Tricia’s Fund).

Close friends and the family of Tricia McCauley, viciously murdered on Christmas Day, have established a charitable fund in her honor — dedicated to ensuring that theatre professionals have the funds they need to secure health insurance. There has already been an outpouring of support, with over $28,000 raised to meet an initial goal of $75,000. Tricia’s loved ones’ ultimately hope to establish this resource in perpetuity to assist the many people involved in creating beautiful theatre experiences, and to sustain the vibrant theatre community in Washington, DC.

An adored yoga instructor and herbal healer, Tricia was also a dedicated theatre professional. She not only shined on stage in many productions over the span of 20 years, but she served as Artistic Director of a small professional theatre company, and mentored young men and women in the DC theatre community. Among them were countless actors, producers, designers, and artistic directors. She inspired each to be daring and brave in their pursuit of a theatrical career. The energetic theatre scene in our area was built in large part with the guidance and kindness Tricia extended to all whom she touched.

Unfortunately, many theatre professionals find themselves in poverty or give up their artistic aspirations because they lack the means to obtain one of the most basic safety nets: health insurance. Through her struggle with food allergies, Tricia knew only too well the financial burden of high healthcare costs.

Those who wish to contribute in loving memory of Tricia — and to continue her legacy of supporting theatre and all the talented people creating it in our nation’s capital — can make donations via YouCaring:


Friend and fellow collaborator Anne McCaw says this of Tricia and this charitable endeavor:

“I can hear Tricia’s voice now: create, create, create! It was a mantra that she shared with everyone she encountered, whether they were in theatre or yoga students or fellow gardeners or people she helped to build a healthy life through nutrition.”

“She was fiercely loyal to us DC theatre folk, who she called her tribe. We firmly believe that this is what she would want to come out of her senseless death…the support and motivation to create what she herself found so beautiful and healing.”


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