Art enthusiast and philanthropist Roe Green donates a record $ 5 million to support students at her alma mater, the University of Colorado Boulder, as they seek careers in the performing arts and to donate at the campus theater building a redesign and a new name.
The donation – the most important in the theater and dance department –
will fund an acoustics upgrade for college theater and establish endowment funds for scholarships, theater maintenance, and launch events designed to jumpstart student careers.
“Roe Green’s philanthropy has transformed CU theater and will continue to benefit students, staff and faculty for decades to come,” University of Colorado Boulder Chancellor Philip DiStefano said in a statement. Press.
To recognize Green, the university will change the name of the University Theater to Roe Green Theater. After renovations in 2022-2023, the theater will reopen under its new name in the fall of 2023.
Professor Bud Coleman, Roe Green Chair in Theater, has worked with Green for nearly 20 years to serve the needs of the Department of Theater and Dance at the University of Colorado.
âShe is more than a fairy godmother; she is our famous alumnus, beneficent donor and longtime friend, âhe said in the statement.
Green, who lives in Jupiter, Florida, and Lyndhurst, is one of the University of Colorado at Boulder’s largest artistic donors to date, having previously established the Roe Green Performing Artist Residency Program and the first faculty chair with the theater department.
âTheater and the performing arts make us human,â Green said in the statement. âThis is how we pass on what we know. “
The largest portion of Green’s $ 2 million donation will support an acoustic overhaul of the current University Theater space. Built in 1904, the theater building was originally built as the campus library. The last major renovation took place over 30 years ago, and elements of the theater’s architecture and equipment are now obsolete. New structures and equipment will allow for better acoustic performance and better noise control, creating a more immersive audience experience. Architectural Workshop of Denver will design the theater.
Green’s donation will also establish a $ 1.5 million endowment fund for theater students and a $ 1 million endowment fund to support long-term renovations, ongoing maintenance and improvements to the Roe Green. Theater.
Another $ 500,000 from Green’s donation will deliver innovative launch programming designed to propel next-level theater students to the next stage in their careers. As part of this program, students will travel to cities like New York or Los Angeles for professional auditions, presentations, festivals or conferences that will help them land career opportunities after graduation.
Green donated $ 6.5 million to the Roe Green Center for the Kent State University School of Drama and Dance in Kent, the largest donation the school’s college of the arts has ever received. She gave the school $ 2.2 million to support the Roe Green Visiting Director series and a direct donation of $ 175,000 and a bequest of $ 2 million to endow the series in perpetuity. It also funds the Roe Green Traveling Masters Program, a national education program in the art of stage writing produced by the New York-based Dramatists Guild Foundation.
She also gave $ 10 million to Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland to support the next phase of renovation of the Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center at Temple-Tifereth Israel in the University Circle neighborhood of Cleveland. The performance space will be named Roe Green Proscenium Theater.
Green has created a $ 10 million endowment to the Cleveland Jewish Federation to support her campaign for Jewish needs and she is co-chair of the Cleveland Israel Arts Connection. The Roe Green Gallery in the Federation’s Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Building in Beachwood is named after him.
University hospitals established the Roe Green Center for Travel Medicine in recognition of a $ 5 million donation. Green was honored by the Cleveland Jewish News in 2018 when she received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual CJN 18 Difference Makers celebration.