NEW YORK CITY: The Public Theater has announced a partnership with Brooklyn College to strengthen the institutions’ commitments to foster emerging talent and arts administrators. With support from the Tow Foundation, the partnership will feature master classes, arts administration fellowships, and research opportunities.
“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,” said Public Theater executive director Patrick Willingham in a statement. “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.”
The initiative launched at the 12th annual Bring A Weasel and A Pint of Your Own Blood Festival, presented by the Brooklyn College Theater Program at the Public Theater’s Shiva Theater. Earlier this month, Brooklyn College hosted Public Theater artist research residencies, providing the artists resources. Students had the opportunity to work with resident artists Daniel Alexander Jones, Kaneza Schaal, and Christopher Myers.
“Leonard Tow epitomizes the way in which an alumnus can empower successive generations of students,” said theatre department artistic director Mary Beth Easley and department of theatre 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.”