Why hello there. Ashley Steed here. For those of you who don’t know, I’m a part of an award-winning theatre company in town called Son of Semele Ensemble. We operate a 35 seat theatre, which produces 2 main stage shows, 2 festivals and co-produce numerous productions throughout the year. In addition to acting, directing, building sets, producing a festival, I also run their social media.

It’s our annual fund drive and I thought I’d do something a little different this year – Selling Hugs. Yup, that’s right. I’m selling hugs. The minimum price is $1 (But you can donate waaaaaaaaay more).

But that’s so cheap! (You say to yourself)

Indeed, it is! So not only do you get an awesome hug from yours truly, you’ll help fund the challenging, bold, and innovative company that I’m proud to call my theatrical family.

The best and preferred method to make your tax deductible purchase is from our website – Go to

On the form, there’s a “dedication” section just put my name, Ashley Steed, that way our annual fund director will let me know so I can track you down and hug you!

Don’t like hugs? No problem, I can also do a fist bump or a pat on the back. And if those don’t tickle your fancy, I’ll can give you two thumbs up. There are so many options.

Thank you in advance for your support, and I hope to see you at the theatre.