The Public Theater has announced a partnership with Brooklyn College, made possible by the support of the Tow Foundation. The partnership will include research grants, arts administration fellowships and master classes, with the goal of nurturing emerging leaders in the art world.
The Public Theater has long been an invaluable Off-Broadway institution and consistent trailblazer. At the time of its foundation, now over sixty years ago, it stood as one of the first non-profit theaters in the nation. Since then, it has hosted over 5 million people in its free performances and cultivated a tradition of giving artistic voice to underrepresented talent. The Brooklyn College partnership is one way in which the Public Theater continues this tradition.
The initiative took off with the 12th annual Bring A Weasel and A Pint of Your Own Blood Festival this past July, hosted at the Public Theater’s Shiva Theater and presented by the Brooklyn College Theatre Program. The festival featured plays collaboratively produced by MFA students and based off the common source material of Hieronymus Bosch’s triptych Garden of Earthly Delights. In August, Brooklyn College additionally hosted two Public Theater artist research residencies, in which students were given the opportunity to work with resident artists Daniel Alexander Jones, Kaneza Schaal, and Christopher Myers.
“We are so grateful that the Public Theater and Brooklyn College could find a way to partner together and foster new voices in the American theatre,” commented Public Theater executive director Patrick Willingham. “As an alumnus of Brooklyn College, I cannot imagine a better university to align with, and I am thrilled that the Tow Foundation could help make this endeavor possible with its incredible support. The Public values artists at all levels and we are ecstatic about working with such a creative and diverse group of students.”
“Leonard Tow epitomizes the way in which an alumnus can empower successive generations of students,” added Theatre Department artistic director Mary Beth Easley and chairperson Kip Marsh in a joint statement. “The Tow Foundation’s magnanimous gift to support a partnership between the Public Theater and Brooklyn College Department of Theater has given our emerging artists life-changing opportunities to learn from and work alongside some of the most brilliant theatremakers working today. We are blessed and deeply honored.”