Magazine article Stage Directions

Robina Foundation Donates $18 Million to Yale Center for New Theatre

Magazine article Stage Directions

Robina Foundation Donates $18 Million to Yale Center for New Theatre

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The Robina Foundation - established in 2004 by James Binger, class of 1938 at Yale, and founder of Jujamcyn Theatres - has donated $18 million to the Yale School of Drama and Yale Rep to permanently endow their Center for New Theatre. The Robina Foundation's grant of $2.85 million to found the Center in 2008, combined with other grants it has given through the years, brings Robina's total support to Center up to $21.8 million. In honor of all this, Yale is renaming the Center the Binger Center for New Theatre.

The Yale Center for New Theatre is an artist-driven initiative that devotes major resources to the commissioning, development, and production of new plays and musicals at Yale Rep and across the country. Among the Center's programs, a key component is its Production Enhancement Fund, which provides financial support for productions at other theatres of works commissioned by and/or first produced at Yale Rep. The Center also facilitates residencies of playwrights and composers at Yale School of Drama.

"We are profoundly grateful to the Robina Foundation," said James Bundy, artistic director of Yale Rep. "We believe that these significant investments in artists themselves, in combination with robust production opportunities and the fostering of an artistic community, can and will promote vibrant new American plays and musicals for generations to come. It is an honor, in this effort, to commemorate the joyful generosity of James Binger - a great man of the theatre. …

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