Signature Theatre in New York City has announced a $2 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in support of a residency program and expanded programming at its new headquarters and performance space in Times Square. The gift includes $1.5 million to establish a reserve fund, with the remainder to be used to help support the organization’s legacy program residencies over the next three years.
Scheduled to open later this month, the new Frank Gehry-designedSignature Center will feature three theaters, a studio, rehearsal space, and a public café and bookstore. The center will seek to boost interaction among playwrights, artistic collaborators, and the public. Each season, the company will present up to nine plays at the center, which will serve as the artistic home for as many as eleven playwrights at a time.
“The Mellon Foundation’s extraordinary long-term support of Signature has had a tremendous impact in laying the foundation for us to reach our full potential as a company and to prepare us for our new home,” said James Houghton, the company’s founding artistic director. “We’re grateful to Mellon for their support, and their prescient philanthropic vision, which helps Signature to serve many more playwrights and audiences than ever before.”
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