"We are so grateful for this opportunity made possible by our generous donor," said Producing Artistic Director William Hayes and Managing Director Sue Ellen Beryl in a joint statement. "Education is and always has been part of Dramaworks' mission, but we have not had the time or money for an ongoing and sustained initiative aimed at the next generation of theatregoers. This donation fulfills a dream of ours; we can't think of a better way to give back to the community. And with Gary Cadwallader as director of education, the program will be in great hands, as he has a long and successful history in theatre education."
Cadwallader says, "I have been an enthusiastic audience member at Dramaworks for the last seven years, and have been so impressed by the artistic vision of the theatre and the quality of the productions. I knew it was a company that I would like to be a part of and share my skills, and work to support that same vision and mission that Bill and Sue Ellen have created. I am so honored and thrilled to help apply what I can to add that extra component of arts education and arts integration."
As the program gets underway, initiatives may include, but are not limited to, a youth playwriting contest and festival, in-school residency drama programs, process-based classes (in which students learn the process of acting, directing, stage managing, etc.), master classes and workshops, creation of teacher resource materials, and field trips to see a play at PBD.