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Cleveland Foundation awards $750,000 to Case-Play House partnership

The Cleveland Foundation has made a three-year, $750,000 grant to strengthen the Master of Fine Arts theater program operated jointly by Case Western Reserve University and The Cleveland Play House.

The funds, which will be distributed over three academic years beginning in the fall of 2004, will be used for program staff support, educational programming, production costs, and general operating costs. The funds are part of a $3 million, three-year grant from the Cleveland Foundation to Case to support a variety of strategic partnerships.

Ron Wilson, chair of Case's department of theater and dance said, "We are profoundly grateful to the Cleveland Foundation for their generosity in making this grant. It will help us to move forward with our plans to expand the MFA Program and forge partnerships with other University Circle institutions. These are all important steps towards our goal of making the Case/CPH Theatre Program the most comprehensive school of theatre between the coasts."

"With this multi-year gift, The Cleveland Foundation recognizes not only the value of the program, but the value of the partnership and the possibilities it creates. Through combined resources, Case and The Play House have produced a nationally recognized program well on its way to establishing a new approach to theatre education," said Cleveland Play House Artistic Director Peter Hackett. "We applaud The Cleveland Foundation's commitment to supporting such collaborative efforts."

Established in 1996, the partnership between Case and the Play House enables Case students pursuing their MFA degree in acting to take all their classes and do all their performance work at the Play House, the country's longest-running professional regional theater.

Interest in the program has risen from approximately 100 applicants and 50 auditions in its first year to 500 applicants and 400 auditions for the class that entered in 2003.

Mark Turner, dean of Case's College of Arts and Sciences, said "Our MFA program in theater has proven to be very attractive to a wide range of extraordinarily impressive students. The continued partnership between our Department of Theater Arts and the Cleveland Play House has strengthened the MFA program considerably. We are exceptionally grateful to the Cleveland Foundation for making this partnership possible."


About Case Western Reserve University

Case is among the nation's leading research institutions. Founded in 1826 and shaped by the unique merger of the Case Institute of Technology and Western Reserve University, Case is distinguished by its strengths in education, research, service, and experiential learning. Located in Cleveland, Case offers nationally recognized programs in the Arts and Sciences, Dental Medicine, Engineering, Law, Management, Medicine, Nursing, and Social Work.