Each production will receive a $5,000 grant toward its 2009 educational initiatives. The League established the New York Education Grants in 2002 to "recognize education initiatives and to support further programs for Broadway shows."
In a statement Charlotte St. Martin, executive director of The Broadway League, said, "The New York Education Grants have been extremely successful in cultivating diversity and inspiring audience development. This year's recipients will continue to expand our mission with their outstanding programs. Education programs are crucial for the growth and survival of Broadway, as they encourage a lifelong appreciation of the arts."
In a joint statement Manhattan Theatre Club artistic director Lynne Meadow and executive producer Barry Grove added, "We are so grateful to The Broadway League for its support of our Education initiatives for The American Plan. Our Education Program, under the inspired direction of David Shookhoff, will provide students with little previous exposure to the performing arts a unique opportunity to experience the excitement of live theatre. The continued generosity of the League is an invaluable vote of confidence in our work to reach New York City high school students with high quality arts education and develop the audiences of tomorrow."
Nina Lannan Associates continues its partnership with the Howard University Department of Theatre Arts in its education efforts, this year with 9 to 5: The Musical. Charles A. Coward, assistant professor, Howard University Department of Theatre Arts, said in a statement, "Continuing the Howard University partnership with Nina Lannan Associates, the Broadway production of 9 to 5: The Musical offers students an excellent compliment to their rigorous program. The knowledge of theatre management that the students possess enables the workshops to move at a quick pace because the presenters are not required to teach the 'basics' to the students. In addition, the partnership has opened the doors of opportunity for the students as they have been able to shadow professionals based on their interests as well as interview for internships."
The American Plan is currently playing a limited engagement at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre through March 22. 9 to 5: The Musical will begin previews at the Marquis Theatre April 7.